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Chocolate red/gold sable
Sable with dark dorsal and tail
Sable with medium dorsal and dark tail
See how these puppies' colors changed as they matured.
Havanese and Havashu dogs and puppies come with different nose colors. The main two are black and brown.
It is the nose color that identifies a "chocolate", not the coat color.
Chocolate with brown hair and white patch
Dogs' noses can be pink, brown, black, gray or even white. Havashu dogs usually have either black or brown noses.
The genes that produce chocolates are recessive, meaning that both parents have to carry the gene for the trait to be expressed (to show in the dog).
The skin ("leather"), eyes and pads' colors are also determined by this gene, and will be lighter on a chocolate than on a standard Havashu.
Other recessive genes include those for cream, black and tan, and red coats, and for sable hair.
Havanese coats can be black, silver, chocolate, red, gold, champagne, cream, blue or white or dilute (lighter) versions of any of these. They can have dark dorsals or saddles and tails, points, masks or spots,
They can be sable (individual hairs have a dark tip), brindle (striped) or solid colors. Depending on the distribution of color, they may be labeled as Irish pied, half and half, particolor or piebald (just the crown of the head is a different color). And their hair can be anything from straight to wavy to curly.
With so much variation, and the tendency for puppies to change color as they age, it can be difficult to choose a pup based on color. But regardless of the color of their fur, these puppies are sure to please.
Tricolor black with tan and white points
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The light eyes and noses are apparent in these chocolate Havanese pups.
The more rare a color or combination, the more expensive a Havanese or Havashu will be. This is because breeding for these colors requires both parents to carry that particular color gene.