There is to much contreversy over this, so I went to the source.
Alot of people here on BaltoSource don't exactly agree on Balto's colour - Black and White. Well, I decided to show people he WAS Black, and not brown. Now, I am sure some of you have seen pictures of his stuffed body in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and if not I am happy to show you some pictures.
Pictures of Balto from the Cleveland Museum were taken from:
Yes, you must admit that this is VERY disleading. But, I still believed he was black and white. And another thing is, that all the pictures I attempt to find of the real Balto are in Black and white. Which also makes it somewhat difficult to tell if he was black or brown.
I have two pictures of Balto, both very sketchy and somewhat hard to see, that I have collected over time. I am not sure when or where I found them.
In picture two, he seems too dark even for a Black and White picture to be brown, although in picture one he could possibly be a dark brown. But, this still may not convince people. So, I went to the people who have had Balto sense death, the Cleveland Museum. I e-mailed them, a lady named JoAnn Coburn responded. I asked her about it, and this is what she replied:
Thanks for asking the question about Balto. You're on the right track:
Balto has always been described as a black and white dog. but any black fur, over time or with sun exposure turns a reddish-brown. Balto has been here at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History since his death in 1933, and although we always try to limit exposure to sunlight, his fur now has a brown color.
Hope this stops the confusion.
I was very happy to recieve a reply from her in about three days of sending out the e-mail. So thus, as many (but not all) of us had thought, his fur changed from black to a reddish-brown colour, due to sunlight exposure and time.
You must realise that they have had Balto sense his death, as she had mentioned. So you MUST figure that at least they would know.
As for why the creators of Balto the animated movie decided to colour Balto the wolf-dog brown, that is for another time and place.