When we got back from the U.K. just before Christmas and picked up our yellow Labrador pup Cooper we noticed something slightly different about him.
20 month old Cooper
His usually black nose had suddenly turned much pinker. The apparent change fascinated us.
8 week old adorable Cooper
Upon research (bless the all-powerful internet), we found out this is a character trait in yellow Labradors called 'snow nose' or 'winter nose'.
10 week old Cooper
Usually possessing black noses, yellow Labradors noses are prone to gradually turn pink as they age, especially from two years onwards.
11 week old cute Cooper
Apparently this can be also be seasonal, due to colder weather conditions, when less of the enzyme which creates the black pigment is produced. Less of this enzyme is also produced when the dogs get older.
14 week old pup Cooper
So I wonder if this is the last we'll see of black-nosed Cooper, or whether it will return again in all its glory in the future.
15 week old happy Cooper
I started looking back through all the photos we have of Cooper as a younger puppy to find a few black-nosed photos as a comparison and I couldn't resist sharing a few of those adorable pics with you all.
8 month old frowning pup Cooper
I think I've taken it for granted that Cooper would always have a black nose, but now I understand why when out walking, fellow dog owners would comment continuously not just on his 'beautifully shaped head', but also his black nose.
9 month old Labrador Cooper
The other noticeable change in Cooper recently is that he seems to be calming down. Maybe I'm speaking too soon, as he still has his a lot of bounce and playfulness in him like all Labradors, but he does seem to be sleeping more at home after a good walk.
20 month old snow-nosed Cooper
As you can see from the photographs he's certainly a big strong boy now. People always did warn us that we'd miss the puppyness when it disappeared, so I'm hoping that mischievous Cooper hasn't entirely gone for good and that he's just lulling us into a false sense of security.
I'm not ready to say goodbye to playful pup just yet, grown-up dog will simply have to wait a few more months, if not years...