Will my German Shepherd Puppy Change Colors? – We love german Shepherd

Will my German Shepherd Puppy Change Colors?

German Shepherd’s puppies are very cute, adorable, and small in size.

Their physical appearance goes through different changes until they grow and become older.

So, many German Shepherd parents wonder do German Shepherd puppy’s change a lot in their appearance.

They often wonder questions such as “will my German Shepherd puppy change colors?”

Yes, a German Shepherd puppy will change colors. Their coat and eyes will change color as they grow up.

Their coat will either darken or light up depending on their coat color. There will also be a change in the coat’s texture and length.

Many German Shepherds’ eyes will change into a different color while they grow up. But there are others who stay with the same eye color since they are born.

Read on to know more about these changes.

A German Shepherd’s coat

Do German Shepherd puppies change color as they grow?

All German Shepherd puppies are either born black, white, or gray.

If you want to determine the true coat color of a German Shepherd, you can see it when your German Shepherd is 8 weeks of age.

However, their coat color can still change and this mainly depends on the color of their coat.

To understand more about which German Shepherd coat colors change here’s is a look into different coat colors that change over time.

  • Black and tan: German Shepherds with black and tan coats are born as completely black dogs. However, the tan begins to show when your dog is at least 6 months old.
  • Sable: A sable German Shepherd may be tan, silver, or gray but still will change color as they grow. As they grow up, they may get darker or lighter.

These two colors in German Shepherds are the most colors that change.

There are also German Shepherds with colors that don’t change at all. These colors are found in German Shepherds who are either white or black in their color.

  • Black and white: These two colors in their coat undergo no changes at all. White or black German Shepherds live with the same color all throughout their lives.

What color are German shepherd puppies when they are born?

German Shepherds with solid colors are born with either a black or white color. While saddle or bi color pups will be born black; however, they will have color on their cheeks, vent, and lower legs.

Sable puppies are born with a dark dorsal stripe and lighter sides. It differs from one German Shepherd to another how much the base color which can be silver, tan, or gray versus the black color.

It mainly depends on their genetics how dark their coat will be when they grow up during their adulthood stage.

However, during their puppy coat change, their coat will get lighter for the first couple of months.

How often do German Shepherd puppies change their coat color?

German Shepherd puppies will change color consistently from the time that they are born until they are about 2 years old.

The change in color is most dramatic when during the first 8 weeks of your German Shepherd’s life. During this time, their coat color will change and so will the texture too; it will resemble their coat as an adult.

But still, changes in your puppy’s color, patterns, and texture will continue to change until they are 2 years old.

Does a German Shepherd lose their puppy coat?

Yes, German Shepherd puppies lose their puppy coat while growing up. This happens during the first 2 years of a puppy’s life.

They typically lose their puppy coat at 4 to 6 months of age and begin to grow their adult coat.

They will lose their soft puppy coat and grow a dense and coarse coat when growing up into adult dogs.

During this time, your puppy will develop the coat characteristics of an adult German Shepherd; they will either have short, medium, or long coats.

As they grow, you will notice that they shed heavily two times a year during spring and fall.

So, it is really important to groom your German Shepherd puppy especially if they have a long coat.

Grooming your German Shepherd benefits your dog by combing out mats and preventing them from forming in the first place when you regularly groom them.

How Often Do German Shepherd Dogs Change Their Coat?

Both puppies and adult German Shepherd will change their coat in the first two years.

As your German Shepherd dog grows into adulthood, there will be changes in their coat color; however, it will be subtle not like when they were puppies.

German Shepherds will start to show greying of their hair as they become really old. It will be highly noticeable around their eyes and muzzle.

The black German Shepherd will have the most greyish color in their faces because of their dark black color.

Also as your German Shepherd becomes a senior, you will notice that their coat is less shiny and becomes duller. Consequently, their coat will look less colorful than when they were younger.

Along with their coat appearing dull, your German Shepherd will start to lose more hair and their coat will become thinner.

As a German Shepherd parent, you won’t be able to keep up with the natural change that happens in their coat but you can take steps to make their coat thicker and soft.

However, you got to observe your German Shepherd dog if this change happens really quickly, you got to visit your vet.

When you visit your vet, they may diagnose a medical problem that your German Shepherd has.

Your dog may have problems such as thyroid issues, cancer, or liver issues.

Common misconceptions about German Shepherd’s coat color

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1.) Tan and black or red and black misconception

These two colors are thought to be two different colors of German Shepherds. However, these two are actually the same color.

The only difference is that the tan and black variation the pigment is lighter making it lighter while the red and black German Shepherd tends to have a darker tan.

2.) White German Shepherds are albino

Solid white German Shepherds aren’t albino. This has been confirmed by a variety of research.

These German Shepherds don’t have genes or symptoms of albinism.

The reason that they are white is that they have a masking gene that blocks their ability to make a black color.

3.) Panda German Shepherd are crossbreeds

Because of their unusual appearance, Panda German Shepherds are seen as mixed breeds.

However, they aren’t crossbreeds. In reality, this is a genetic fault that resulted in them looking like a panda.

4.) Liver and blue are normal German Shepherd colors

These two colors are genetic faults in your German Shepherd coat.

Both of these coat colors aren’t rare and are very common for German Shepherds to have.

The reason for these colors to happen is that a German Shepherd may have a genetic fault causing the pigment to become lighter.

5.) The bicolor German Shepherd is the same as the black one

Because of their close resemblance to each other, the black and bicolor German Shepherd is considered to be the same. However, this is a common misconception.

The main difference lies in traces of silver, gray, and other colors found in the bicolor German Shepherd instead of the black one.

A German Shepherd’s eyes

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What color is your German Shepherd eyes when they are born?

German Shepherds’ eyes may be brown, green, gray hazel, or blue.

However, the majority of German Shepherds will have brown eyes.

This doesn’t mean that other eye colors are bad for your German Shepherd; it’s normal for other German Shepherds to have green, hazel, or gray.

In rare instances, a German Shepherd may have blue eyes. A German Shepherd with blue eyes is known as blue German Shepherds.

Do German Shepherd puppies eyes change color?

Yes, German Shepherd’s eyes change color as they grow up. The reason is because of melanin which lacks when your puppy is born; it takes time to be made.

Melanin affects and changes your puppy’s eye color. So, for example, when your German Shepherd puppy is born with blue eyes, their eye color can change over time.

This doesn’t mean that all German Shepherds with blue eyes have a change in their eye color. Some are born and have blue eyes all throughout their life.

The reason is that they lack melanin.

Related questions

1.) Will a German Shepherd naturally protect you?

Yes, German Shepherd will naturally protect you. It is a protective instinct in them where they will jump at the first sign of danger and risk their lives.

They have a really strong bond with their dog parents and loved ones. Their loving and caring nature makes them a great companion to have.

2.) Are German Shepherds only loyal to one person?

A German Shepherd is typically loyal to one person because they feed, train, and spend time with them.

However, you can still make your German Shepherd loyal to other family members or loved ones.

This mainly happens by letting your family spend time with your dog, train them, feed them, and play games with them.

With time, your dog will become loyal to other people.


A German Shepherd will change the color of their coat and eyes while they grow up. It will take some time until they reach a constant color in their coat and eyes.

Also, while growing up, a German Shepherd will puppy coat will change into the coat of an older dog. Their eyes will also change in color.

Share a picture of your German Shepherd when they were a puppy and when they are older. Has your German Shepherd changed their coat and eyes color while growing up?


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