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re-opening nose color with questions.

At a point in the past we had a continuing blog concerning pigment color on dogs in general, not necessarily Doodles.   BUT  

Izzi 's nose is changing pigment / color, becoming much lighter in the past couple of months.     I would half way understand if this was 'high Texas summer' but that is not so...  Her nose, which was black now looks to be sunburned on top with a lighter color black surround.    

Love to read some input here...  


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Comment by Isabelle Seiler on March 15, 2014 at 11:52pm

Zeke's nose has gotten lighter and more pink as he has gotten older. He is 5 now and I would say he has a pink nose. Many years ago we had a lab that also had a pink nose so I thought it was something with retrievers. Doesn't seem to bother him and my vet is not worried about it.

Comment by Jo Bill on March 14, 2014 at 10:47pm

Funny this should come up now.  I've noticed Gizmo's nose is lighter.  It's always been pink/brown, but I was looking at it yesterday and thought it looks lighter for the most part, but a little darker around the edges.  Seems he's not the only one with a light nose.

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on March 12, 2014 at 9:25am

I have just noticed that Dulcie's nose (which is and always has been rose colored) is pinker in the middle now with a darker pink brown edge on top.  I'll also watch to see if the color darkens back this summer!

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on March 9, 2014 at 8:15pm
This is a very interesting topic, Magoo and Nug's noses have both lightened up this winter, Puk's is still black, I will let evryone know theirs goes back to black this summer. I have heard it called snow nose also.
Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 9, 2014 at 7:34pm

Below is the best  paper I have read thus far.

Izzi is and has been fed from a Stainless Steel bowl, and water is/has always been contained in ceramic bowl.  So,  weather and/or feeding bowls can be ruled out.   I'm of the strong belief the change is genetic; which to me would explain why some have pinkish noses and others don't. 


Ps: I'll post some pictures from a yr to compare ASAP...

but having computer issues right now and programs are not responding to pic files..

Regardless It is an interesting topic..   

Comment by Kathy, Elliott & Spencer on March 9, 2014 at 1:20pm
Elliott' nose is like you describe too Lois, but not Spencer's. Interesting that even though they are half brothers, Spencer's skin has a dark grey pigmentation, whereas Elliott's is a pinky peachy tone. Spencer's skin developed the darker pigmentation as he grew, seems to be done changing now at 19 months, but his nose is black black. Despite this being the worst winter for a long time, his nose has stayed the same. Elliott's nose is quite seasonal!
Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 9, 2014 at 12:49pm

Yup, Pemon's nose is a little lighter but not much.  And we living in Sunny Florida.

Comment by Liz and Buddy on March 9, 2014 at 10:18am
Buddy has a much lighter nose in the winter but it does not return to black in the summer, just a darker pink brown.
Comment by gdoodlevt Brandi - Bea on March 9, 2014 at 9:49am

Thank You for raising this issue.   My Brandi who will be 1 yr old this week has the nose pigmentation change as well.   She had a dark black nose until winter.   I did some reading and read it could be "winter nose" and since we live in Vermont - I think this could be it.   Wondering whenever our Spring arrives if her nose will return to black.    I have not observed this in other goldendoodles here - but Brandi always has her nose in the snow.   Thanks again for the topic.   Bea

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on March 9, 2014 at 7:19am

A couple of causes of lightening of the nose are suspect / possible -

1) Winter lightening could be "snow nose" (although it may only apply in colder climates)

2) Use of plastic dishes, especially water dish - thought to cause nose lightening (that's just one reason to choose ceramic or stainless steel).

Not sure if there are others.

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