Cocker Spaniel's nose got lighter?

MiuMiow

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Hump - see my avatar - had a dark brown nose since birth but the last few weeks it has got considerably lighter, it's now more a caramel colour. He's 19 months old, is it just a part of his growing up?
 
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My mom had an english cocker and her nose seemed to get a little lighter as she aged. Her nose initially was very dark brown (almost black) and became more of a reddish-brown.
 

chessmont

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I've had a dog with complete pigment intil he was about a year old; now he has no black pigment, entirely pink.

Also, some dogs get "snow nose" where their noses are pink in the winter and get dark in the summer; I have one of those too.

IME the earlier the pigment is lost, the typically it is permanent. Can only speak for the purebreds and mixed breeds I have had.
 

bagaholic85

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^^snow nose is interesting...never heard of that. but i did notice the bf's frenchie's nose gets lighter and darker, but i never noticed it changed with the weather...ill have to pay more attention
 

ChiChi143

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Both of my Chi's noses changed color too. They used to have black noses, now their noses are light brown with a pink stripe down the middle.
 

chessmont

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^^snow nose is interesting...never heard of that. but i did notice the bf's frenchie's nose gets lighter and darker, but i never noticed it changed with the weather...ill have to pay more attention
-mostly I've heard it in relation to yellow labs (but my dog is not a lab)
 

bag-mania

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It is normal for some breeds and also some colors. Cream and buff colored dogs often develop light colored noses as they get older.
 

miss alice

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Also, some dogs get "snow nose" where their noses are pink in the winter and get dark in the summer; I have one of those too.
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Yup, I agree- I have seen "snow noses" on some Maltese as well. A friend of mine as a very cute, well bred Maltese, perfect pigmentation..but during the colder months, her usually cute little black nose turns pale..heehee..is actually kind of cute. But once she is out in a sun for a while (maybe 1/2 hr for a couple days.) her nose turns back to normal black.