Originally Posted by Xandra
Yessum that's my thinking as well.
However, here, in the baby puppy pic:
He looks like a black and tan, not a sable.
Agree or disagree?
He does in the baby pic, but the dog in the older pics is definitely not a black and tan. He doesn't have any saddle to speak of. Honestly, he doesn't really look shaved either, the way his fur is laying over his shoulders and ribs. Shaved dogs look kind of cottony because of the undercoat.
Here is a picture of a puppy labeled as a 6 week old red sable. It has relatively clean legs and the illusion of a complete black saddle in the picture.
And another batch of littermates, all black sables. The one from the left looks appearance wise like a bicolor at her age. I'm trying to find pictures of them older, but it's hard to know which is which because they aren't labeled by name in the gallery.
ETA: I've seen some sable puppies go through pretty dramatic color changes as they mature, from dark to almost creamy grey, and then dark again. I do think it's the same dog in both pictures. To the OP, I am glad your puppy is feeling better.