My 5-month old puppy from a top breeder has a LOT of tan in her coat. (Both parents were snow white champions.) Her ears are completely tan (on the darker side) and there are tan patches all the way down her back and tail as well as some on her sides. My friend called her a "Burberry." I didn't notice the tan until recently (I got her at 4 months). I saw a little tan with her longer coat, but noticed it much more after I clipped her down. The roots don't seem to be growing in any lighter. I was told by an expert breeder that the tan could lighten, or that it could possibly darken. It gives her a very scruffy appearance (with bad eye stain to boot!). I was wondering if anyone has experience in this? Has anyone see it lighten or go away, or darken? I'll attach a picture. Thank you!