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The Belton pattern is dark spots in the white areas of a dog. You see it a lot in hunting breeds, like English Setters and a lot of pointers. In Havanese, since their hair is long, if they are kept in long coat, the "spots" turn into "stripes" of dark hair (whatever the ground color of the dog is… it's most obvious in B&W dogs, but can just as easily happen in sables, chocolates, etc.)
Kodi doesn't have a lot of spots… you mostly see them when he is wet, or when you look RIGHT down on his back. (as you can see in the early photos in this thread) We have a couple of B&W Parti Beltons on the forum (Like Tracy's Brody) whose Belton markings are so extreme that his "white" areas look almost grey now that he is an adult. Kodi's mom, Razzle, who you can see on the Starborn Havanese web site is in the middle… with more Belton markings than Kodi, but less than Brody. There is a HUGE amount of variation, and it also depends on whether the dog is in long coat or a puppy cut. The black tends to show more, the shorter the coat is.
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