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We tease Dakota for being a "dirt dog" because his beard is always so dirty. In fact, I have been trying to clean his beard since he grew a beard. My husband is always threatening to cut it off! Last night, I was once again combing his beard when I took a really good look at it. Although it has a brown color to it, a lot of it is also a rose or liver color. This is the same pigment that is around his eyes. After all this time scrubbing, could his beard be a natural color?? I have honestly never heard of a two tone labradoodle with the beard being the "second" tone!! :?
 

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Depending on the way the light hits Max's beard sometimes it looks brown tinged other times a rose tinge.

OH I cut Max's beard down to 1 to 1.5in long....makes life easier for him and me :D
 

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Me too, me too...I've been giving Raleigh a 'trim' all weekend...when he sits still long enough that is....beard and two fron legs are basically done...hahahaha

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Dexter's beard is def darker than the rest of him...i think it's from the dirt that we never really get out except for when he gets a good bath :)
 

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I know what you mean...Rosie's beard is dark....even after cleaning. Lexie and Bayley also have different colored beards. (It doesn't show in the picture on the left...let me get another.)







No good picture of Bayley's bear coloring...sorry.
 

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OK--did some research. The reddish brown or orange staining of the beard (and any other place a dog licks such as paws) is caused by iron in the saliva which is most often caused by iron in the drinking water. If it is not in the water, it is likely excess iron in the dog food or treats. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of drinking water will dilute the iron. Dakota is out of luck since he prefers the water in the pool for drinking!
 

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If it is not in the water, it is likely excess iron in the dog food or treats.
Interesting...our vet looked at Dex's paws a few mos ago and told us he could tell he had been licking them by their color. That's what made him know he had food allergies. I didn't know what was causing this change in color, but now I do :)
 

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Thanks Diane !!!!!
now can anyone tell me how to get max to stop leaving doodle breath and wiping his beard on peanut's head?? :roll: ewwwwwwww i wash her and max just waits , i swear he does hahhahaha, waits to slobber all over her again hahhahahaa
 

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Would that make them "Doodles of the Caribbean"? :roll: :?
 

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Off coffee until these blank-blankity-blank-blank hot flashes cease :cry:

I just have a particular penchant for puns ... not to mention an alarming affection for alliteration. :lol:
 
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