Here's our first pair of lappies that may look pretty similar in an adult photo. Finn is a darker shade of cream than most dogs in the breed and Skipper is a particularly light sable. Finn was always a warm cream colour right from birth. If you saw him in real life you could see that he has no black hairs at all. Not even his whiskers will be dark. Adult Skipper does have some black hairs but they aren't all that obvious. The puppy photos give us more clues. Finn was always pale from his earliest puppy days. Puppy-Skipper had very dark facial markings and ears.
Grateful Thanks to H Skipsey, L Valentine and Ukkonen Kennels in Western Australia for photos of Finn
Skipper is sable. As a puppy he started off with plenty of black hairs that faded with time. It's very obvious in his newborn photos. As an adult he's at the lighter end of the spectrum of sable colouring in lappies.
Grateful Thanks to S Taylor, S Chouffot and Caleebra Kennels in Victoria for photos of Skipper
These gorgeous puppies are littermates from Armahani Kennels' 2014 Heliodor litter. They have both grown up to be spectacular show dogs. As brothers they have quite a few similarities and are a good example of the difference between wolfsable and tanpoint in two otherwise very similar lads.
Tortik is tanpoint. Dark pigment covers the face of most newborn puppies. The amount of Dark pigment is controlled by whatever is at the E locus, and to some extent what ELSE is at the A locus. Sometimes it can take a day or two to tell tanpoint and wolfsable apart after birth. We usually talk about the bright tanpoints APPEARING but a better way to describe what's going on genetically is that the black pigment DISAPPEARS or is SWITCHED OFF
Benni is wolfsable. Wolfsable puppies go through an extended (and sometimes very comical) teenage phase where their puppy coats can have funny splurts of phaeomelanin colour in all sorts of weird places. Adult Benni is far too handsome for me to show you his teenage photos. I may do a 'wolfsable teenager' page one day if I get enough photos of cute wolfsable teenagers.
Grateful Thanks to J Lincoln, Armahani Kennels Vic, and R Holloway, Zuleika Kennels Tas for photos of Benni and Tortik