Although there are also brindles and reds, the most common colors of Havanese coat are black, white, mahogany, apricot, cream and silver.
Havanese are available in a myriad of gorgeous color variations ranging from white, cream, champagne and gold through to sable, brindle, chocolate, silver and black; these shades can either be presented as single solid colors or in various combinations of two or more shades.
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There are a total of 27 different colors that Havanese come in.
To fully understand the amazing color of this wonderful breed, keep in mind that most Havi puppies born with black coats start to lighten around 4-6 weeks of age.
Colors of the Havanese: Before and After – As they Mature
The Havanese has hair that changes colors as they grow up, making them an interesting breed. Most of the time an adult Havanese would have the same colors as puppies. Sometimes the color change in their is so dramatic that it’s hard to tell if they’re the same dog.
TYPICAL HAVANESE COLORS
The true white Havanese (CKC#438) is completely white and is devoid of any colouration. There is nothing but white on it. Lips, nose and eyerims are black. Dogs with darker ears appear white but are likely either light champagne or champagne and white.
Various shades of cream can be found on Havanese dogs. In some cases, the cream appears almost tan-like. In others, it resembles a pale shade of creamy yellow.
Champagne (CKC#131) comes in light cream, cream, blond, buff, and beige colors. Throughout the coat, there may be variations in shading. Generally, the dogs are darker on the dorsal side of their bodies (head, ears, neck, and back) and lighter on the ventral side of their bodies (chests, bellies, legs). The eyerims, lips, and nose are black.
Gold Havanese (CKC#202)
Golden color ranging from honey to pale apricot to sandy gold to toffee. However, the dog’s coat may differ in shades throughout. Dogs commonly have darker shadings on the dorsal parts of the body (head, neck, back), and lighter shading on the ventral parts of the body (chest, belly, limbs). Eyerims, lips, and noses are black as well.
When they are adults, sable Havanese puppies usually have much lighter colored hair. These genes modify themselves in just this way. Sometimes, all that remains of the dark, sable part is the tail and part of the ears once the pups have grown into adults. Typically, a puppy sable Havanese looks very different from an adult one.
Brindle Havanese (CKC#105)
A brindle pattern includes stripes, streaks, or spots of a dark color (black, silver, or brown) on a lighter base colour (cream, gold, red). A brindle dog may have white feet and blazes or a white trim. Generally speaking, the stripes vary greatly, ranging from sooty-edged stripes so thick the light colour hardly peeks through to a clear creamy color with gentle shadowing. These markings may be reminiscent of those found on Boxers or Great Danes.
Chocolate Havanese (CKC#133)
You will be able to tell a chocolate dog by her solid chocolate coat. Depending on the chocolate, the brown shade can vary from light to medium, as with milk chocolate, to dark, as with dark baker’s chocolate. There are no black eyerims, lips, or noses of chocolate dogs as they have self-colored pigments in liver/brown instead. Chocolate dogs don’t have any black on them at all.
Silver Havanese pups (CKC #376)
Silver Havanese are born black and start to lighten around 4 to 6 weeks of age. Silver is usually evident at the root of the coat and in the face and head. Dogs’ coats will lighten as they mature to different shades of silver, ranging from pale platinum, sterling, and pewter to deep grey. When a puppy has reached the age of 12 to 15 months, its coat will have completely changed.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Does Havanese Begin to Change Color?
It is very hard to predict when the color changes will occur due to the modifying genes, as explained in an earlier section. It is usually only a few weeks after they are born that Havanese begin to change color.
What does CKC Stand for?
The Continental Kennel Club (“CKC”) is a commercial registry for dogs and breeders but without the strict formalities of the AKC. Its rules and registration are more lenient and its standards are more relaxed.
When Does the Color Change Stop?
Your Havanese’s coat will no longer change color before they turn three, on average. However, you can never know for certain.
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