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Do you notice that as they mature their color gets darker or lighter.  I have a little flashy fawn puppy.  She has some dark mixed in her fur along the base of her spine and tail.  SO I wonder if she will get more dark or if the dark will lighten as she grows?  I don't think she is brindle,  both her parents are fawn.

I will try to post some pics later today :D
 

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Hello there, I'm no expert but i can tell you that fawn parents don't always have fawn puppies - you can get a complete mix of different pups. I'm sure someone on the forum with much more boxer knowledge than me will tell you more about it...
 

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Yeah I know about the genetics (well sort of)  I know fawns can have brindles and vice versa.  in this case all 9 puppies were fawn and flashy fawn.  She is flashy fawn.  she just has a little bit darker area towards her back end and tail.  It doesn't look brindle.  At least to me.
 

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My boxer really didnt have a dark stripe but I do know with the our Min Pins they have a darker line down their back it became more noticable as they aged.
 

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So I'm still not sure if the fur gets darker or lighter as boxers mature.  I have a friend who breeds yorkies and says yorkies get lighter and she thinks boxers get lighter as well.  and  Boxerbaby18 says  his/her min pin got darker.  So any one actually know what happens with boxers?
 

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Our Scout has a dark mahogany stripe down his back about 4" wide.  He is now a little over a year old and it has remain the same and his lighter fawn has not changed any.
 

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I really didn't notice any difference in mine as they got older..Buck was a very dark reverse brindle and he stayed the same color, except for getting some gray..Lol..Tia was a pretty fawn, about Samsons color and she also stayed the same. Now Samson was 6 when i got him and his color has also remained unchanged...

Now I'm no expert by any means, so anyone please feel free to jump in with some solid info... :)
 

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Mine has looked about the color from 7 weeks to 6 months.  She's always had a red hue to her.  Its very noticeable when she plays with the neighbor's boxer that is very light tan with no redish tint.

I have heard, and seen on Lola, that the white markings on the face tend to shrink as they get older.  I have pics of Lola when she was 7 weeks old and the "black mask" is creeping in on her white facial markings.
 

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Two fawn parents *cannot* produce a brindle puppy.  Two brindle parents, on the other hand, certainly can produce a fawn puppy if they're each carrying a 'hidden' fawn gene.

Fawn puppies often have dark or black 'guard hairs' (I call them) along the spine, which typically fall out as the puppy matures; dark fawns sometimes have 'smudging' on other parts of the body as well, which may or may not stay into adulthood.  Pigment continues to migrate after birth, so the white areas will shrink with age, and brindling spreads out.  As to whether the base color itself gets darker or lighter - honestly, in my experience it can go either way, but I do think typically it either darkens a bit or doesn't really change.

Yorkies do get lighter as they age (going from black to silver) - the same happens to Kerry Blue Terriers - but that is due to a specific gene which the Boxer does not have.
 

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I am saying the same thing, two fawns cannot have brindles, genetically impossible. I have a fawn, and my Mom has her sister, also fawn. Mine has a much darker coat it appears, and it will lighten as she gets older, is what our breeder told us and what I have learned from "my" experiences with Boxers. Actually when we saw them at 3 weeks they all kinda looked black, realy dark hair, so as they mature they will lighten in color I would say...
 

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Now that she is 9 wks I don't see those black hairs mixed in on her back and tail much at all any more.  So I guess like Newcastle said the "guard hairs" are falling out.
 

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Hey Jennifer (Newcastle)-  I looked at your page.  I love your dogs, they are beautiful.
 

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Thank you. :)

Actually when we saw them at 3 weeks they all kinda looked black, realy dark hair, so as they mature they will lighten in color I would say...
Right, sorry, I didn't think of that.  From birth puppies often get lighter, until oh, six-eight weeks (maybe longer, it varies).  Once they start to reach maturity, 1-2 years or so, they may start getting darker again (or not!  Diet can have an influence on this, as well).  Then as they hit their senior years, it kind of goes both ways; brindles at least (haven't had any senior fawns yet!) tend to get darker, but then they also get grey which makes them look lighter. :)
 

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I am saying the same thing, two fawns cannot have brindle's, genetically impossible. I have a fawn, and my Mom has her sister, also fawn. Mine has a much darker coat it appears, and it will lighten as she gets older, is what our breeder told us and what I have learned from "my" experiences with Boxers. Actually when we saw them at 3 weeks they all kinda looked black, really dark hair, so as they mature they will lighten in color I would say...
Technically speaking "two fawns cannot have brindle's", But what if their were brindle ancestors in any one or both sides of pedigree, Then there is a good chance of this happening.

I had a litter in 2010, with 4 white & 2 fawn pups of both dark brindle parents & i'm sure the fawn pups from this litter will sire brindle pups, When bred. This is commonly known as "through back".
 

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Masons dog parents where fawn but had 6 pups 3 fawns and 3 brindle. My yorkie is 5 months and she is getting very blond on her head..... Mason is a fawn with black muzzle and very little white...
 

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Technically speaking "two fawns cannot have brindle's", But what if their were brindle ancestors in any one or both sides of pedigree, Then there is a good chance of this happening.

I had a litter in 2010, with 4 white & 2 fawn pups of both dark brindle parents & i'm sure the fawn pups from this litter will sire brindle pups, When bred. This is commonly known as "through back".
Two brindles can throw fawns but two fawns CAN NOT throw a brindle, regardless of if the fawns come from 2 brindle parents.
 
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