hi, i have a rottweiler she’s just gone 1 yr old. Her fur was pure black but i have noticed it having a brownish colour through it recently.
we have had quite a few sunny days this summer and she like to lie in the sun. I know that would cause it, but is there any way to get rid of it or will that stay like it please let me know as its on my mind a lot.
I’m not sure if the sun would cause this sort of discoloration in a Rottweilers’ coat. We have very long, hot summers here and I’ve never noticed it happen with my dogs…. although admittedly it’s too hot for them to be lying in the sun for long most days. I guess it’s possible as that happens with human hair, but I’m not certain.
There are other possibilities for the change in color of your Rotties’ coat. It could be that she’s starting to get her undercoat in now in preparation for the changing seasons and colder weather. Although the color of a Rottweilers’ undercoat is generally gray, it can also be a tan/red color. Perhaps that’s showing through and that’s what you’re seeing?
Or it could be that your dog carries a gene that produces red coats, or at least a red tint to the coat. In the late 1800’s Rottweilers came in a wider variety of colors, and red was an accepted coat color. Some of these genes occasionally produce ‘red’ Rottweilers even today, but it’s rare when two purebred dogs are bred – although possible. You can read more about this on my ‘Rare’ Rottweilers page.
Whatever the reason I wouldn’t worry about it too much, as depending on what’s causing this color change it may just disappear. Or if not, as long as you’re not showing her in conformation, there’s no reason to be concerned as she’s still a Rottweiler and a beautiful, wonderful dog I’m sure.
Hope this helps, best of luck with your dog.