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    Default Offcolouring?

    I have noticed that Milo's fur has gone lighter and not quite solid in his colour. There are more lighter highlights in his fur than previously, and he seems a bit... less coloured. I started to feed Milo on raw meat a month ago, primarily on chicken.

    Here's a picture of his first day of official raw feeding - quite brown all over


    And this is just 2 days ago... Slightly lighter and less solid colours...


    I know the lighting isn't the same, but I can tell there are changes when I look at him in person. These two photos are the best I can get.

    The fur is definitely a lot softer than before, but the colour seems a bit off. He's always had a white bum like this:


    Well... maybe not always. When I got him at 11 weeks he didn't have a white bum. I don't remember when it started to grow white. I thought the white fur would go away with raw feeding, but now I think it's natural.

    Is this normal? What should I do if not?

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    Does he spend a lot of time outside? Sun bleaching is very common, especially in brown dogs, some go an almost copper color all over during summer, others just get lighter tips.
    When mum had her brown poodle about an inch of hair towards the ends was almost blonde while the rest of her was a deep chocolate.

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    Are you only feeding him Raw chicken? Or also offal, other meats and veg with meaty bones and some legumes/grains
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    Yeh he spends the entire day outside, and inside during the night. Not much sun during the winter but.. well at least not intense sunshine.

    I've fed him only raw chicken for 2 weeks, then introduced beef mince and then slowly other things. Now he would get:
    - quarter chicken (almost every day)
    - beef mince (almost every day)
    - yoghurt (2-3 times a week, 3 Tablespoons at one feed)
    - chopped up veges (mixed in with yoghurt, 1 Tablespoon)
    - crushed/powdered egg shells (mixed in with yoghurt, 1 Tablespoon)
    - blue mackeral (only just introduced that yesterday, planning to feed once a week)
    - chicken liver (50g twice a week)
    Then he gets the odd pork marrow bone, pedigree dentastix about twice a week. About once a week I'm bound to forget to defrost something for the morning, so he gets a rectangular take away box full of cooked chicken meat used to make soup bases mixed with the veges and egg shells.

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    Another possibility, how old is he now? Age can have an effect on color as well.
    I had a Shih Tzu years ago who was liver and white as a pup but paled off to gold and white as he matured.
    There are a ton of color enhancing shampoos on the market, I find the ones for horses are the best (and cheaper) They don't contain any dyes, but bring out the natural coat color better.

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    Now that you mention it, it may be the shampoo... I got free samples of some shampoo from puppy school, so I used it on Milo once fortnightly, which nicely makes up 1 month. I think it may be the shampoo.

    He's 10 months old now. His mother was quite solid in colour, but his father had a bit of highlights too.

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    Do you wash him once a fortnight? That might do it with some shampoos
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    his a kelpie right??
    if he is the darker ones tend to get lighter when they get older

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    I've only just looked at this thread, the dead soft undercoat is ready to come out on his thighs so he's going thru a coat change. Use a washing up glove, or rubber hound glove and most of it will come out. Or when you next wash him rub against the direction of the hair growth and it will likely come out.

    I had Kelpies; chocolates and black for years prior to the Whippets they go thru this coat change a couple of times/year. And as with other breeds sunbaking or laying on rough surfaces can also damage the coat or simply lighten it, as it's done on the pants of your dog
    Last edited by MAC; 08-11-2011 at 01:13 PM.

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