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Old 04-18-2017, 03:00 PM
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My beautiful blue girl has just given birth to an almost solid black and a very unusual light silver boy. She was mated with a lilac boy (both parents KC Registered). I have searched the Internet and couldn't find any other Chihuahua of this light silver colour.. even the vet was very surprised at his colour and said he hadn't seen this before. I can post a photo if someone can tell me how to do this on the site. Thanks!
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Congrats on the litter. Hopefully, someone on the forum can answer your question. I would bet that he will be a light blue?
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Generally what is called "lilac" in Chihuahuas (the general term in dogs is Isabella) is a combination of the gene that causes "chocolate" (like a chocolate lab, with a brown nose) and the dilute gene, which causes a black dog to be blue (like your bitch, with a blue nose). My guess is that your blue bitch carries chocolate, thus the light puppy. He would be a light "lilac". Other breeds with this genetic color include Weimeraners, "silver" labs, and some Chesapeake Bay retrievers. If you look up those breeds, you will see a wide range of shades with the same genetics.

The "black" puppy is a dark blue if the parents have the genetics I described above. Dilute is recessive, so if both parents display that trait, they cannot produce black (non-dilute) puppies. See the border collie on this page. It is a very dark blue. Dog Coat Colour Genetics

Edit: Here is a link to a page that has photos of Isabella dogs in various breeds and coat types. Dog Coat Colour Genetics
There is a wide variety. Most Isabella Chihuahuas I have seen are on the darker side. Your pup is probably on the lighter side!

Look up images of "newborn weimaraner puppies" and see if some of them look like your baby. They are also super cute!

Yes, I have edited this a bunch, I am a geek about this stuff!
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Welcome and congrats on your litter.

A picture would be helpful, maybe you could look into photobucket?

We had a very light coloured lilac ourselfs in our litter last year, she was so light i never have seen one before......but the colour changed quite quickly to a darker shade over the weeks. She now is a beautiful lilac with white of almost 8 months.

this is her 3 days old


and how she looks now
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Neat! Thanks for sharing your pup. I think the OP's puppy might do the same, as its muzzle is already darker than the body hair. Since the picture is so small, I can't tell what color the pigmentation is. It could well just be a blue rather than an isabella after all! I love learning new things about genetics!
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I agree Reta.....hadn't seen the photo of the OP yet but it looks to be a lilac indeed. Can't see the pigment of the nose to be sure but the coat colour suggests this. A blue is quite different when born they are more greyish and a bit darker usually, i also have one of those included pictures below to show the difference.

our boy at 6 days old


he is now 2 years
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