English Cocker Spaniel Puppy with Sable Coat

The sable coat marking has dark tipped hairs therefore the individual hair has a base colour at the root of each hair and then the tip of the hair is a darker colour, i.e. black sable, liver (chocolate) or red sable, giving this absolutely stunning sable coat appearance. Sable is not a colour but a pattern or a marking of the coat colour.

When newly whelped, a puppy may look very dark and appear to be black and tan or chocolate and tan if it is a solid sable. However, with time a few subtle changes can be seen on the coat as the sable pattern starts to appear. With some puppies it’s fairly easy to spot they’re going to have a sable pattern from birth, especially if the sable is already showing and the colouring is not so dark or prominent.

Solid Sable Coat Marking Development

This is a chocolate sable Cocker Spaniel puppy, which at birth looked extremely similar to its chocolate and tan siblings.

One Day Old

The colouring is chocolate and tan/golden, but the sable pattern cannot be seen clearly yet. 

One day old solid sable coat marking development.

 

Two Days Old

Some very fine tan/golden coloured hairs can been seen on the chocolate hairs around the eye, which is where the sable mask will develop. 

Two days old solid sable coat marking development.

Five Days Old

The top of the paws have no pencil markings which can sometimes be seen clearly if the puppy has a chocolate and tan coat marking. However, this puppy has a slightly paler tan colouring which resembles a dark golden base colour with no penciling on the top of paws.

Five days old solid sable coat marking development.

Seven Days Old

Fine tan/golden hair can be seen clearly around the eye where the sable pattern is coming through. This will create a sable mask on the puppy’s face.

Seven days old solid sable coat marking development.

Twelve Days Old

More fine tan/golden hairs are showing around and over the eyes.

Twelve days old solid sable coat marking development.

Four Weeks Old

More golden hairs can now be seen around the eye area.

Four weeks old solid sable coat marking development.

By 4 weeks old it was clear to see the golden base colouring at the root of the chocolate coloured hairs on the back when lifting the coat back.

Close up of four weeks old solid sable coat marking development.

Eight Weeks Old

A stunning chocolate sable Cocker Spaniel puppy.

Eight weeks old solid sable coat marking development.

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