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Help me decide!

I know this topic has been beat into the ground But I just can't make a decision on whether to trim Sophie down or not.

I absolutely love the look of the long coat and I don't mind at all brushing her. But she is such a tomboy and we go so many places she gets wet and muddy and dirty and very very happy doing it (I love it).

I had decided to go ahead and have it done but then I look at her and she's so dang cute with her puffy hair I decide not to.

So would love to hear of any negatives people have found from trimming them? Does it cause any permanent changes like coat texture? I know a friend of mine had her cute little sable girl trimmed and she lost most of her color I know Sophie won't change color being black but want to be sure there isn't something else I'm not considering that I'd be sorry for.

I know it grows back but I'm still chicken.
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On the fence here too. Tucker has a lot of black on the tips and is such a cute ball of fluff. We are afraid if we trim him the black will be GONE!!!! He is a gold sable. He is getting so woolly though he is going to need trimming in the near future. Then on the other hand we LOVE the puppy cut. Decisions....decisions....

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Before brushing (wild hair) and after brushing (doesn't stay that way long)...
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On the fence here too. Tucker has a lot of black on the tips and is such a cute ball of fluff. We are afraid if we trim him the black will be GONE!!!! He is a gold sable. He is getting so woolly though he is going to need trimming in the near future. Then on the other hand we LOVE the puppy cut. Decisions....decisions....

I am pretty sure that you are going to end up with a light/white pup if you trim off those sable tips. I looked at alot of before and after sable photos and it seems very rare for the sable markings to regrow after a trim. But that is also very beautiful.
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Ack glad I am not alone

Yes Tucker is SO precious and cute. I'd be afraid of losing some color too if trimmed. Although he is going to be adorable no matter what his color ends up! Hallies BFF, May, is sable and I know a lot of sables will lighten with age regardless but they did a really short cut on her last time and she is almost white now. (I really love the look of the light/white but it is so hard to photograph, easy to blow highlights, so searched for a dark puppy that would hopefully not change much since I do a lot of photography with her). /

Will be interested to see what you decide also. Tucker is darker than May was at that age so maybe it wouldn't be as big of a difference if you have him trimmed than it was with May? I just don't know that much about Havanese and all their color changes, Sophie is my first and my other dog children I've had were born one color and stayed that way.

Here is May before and after. She is 13 months old in the after photo. The before was the first time we met her, she was about 6 months old then. The after was this weekend. She and Sophie are about 3 weeks apart in age.
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Wow I had forgotten had dark May really was! I guess Tucker is not darker than she was.
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I am pretty sure that you are going to end up with a light/white pup if you trim off those sable tips. I looked at alot of before and after sable photos and it seems very rare for the sable markings to regrow after a trim. But that is also very beautiful.
Do you mean a WHITE WHITE or a goldish color? We could have got his brother Snowball and had a white pup....

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Oh MAN is he cute or what???
His unbrushed photo looks very tidy compared to Sophies LOL. I have the same problem though the brushed out look just doesn't last very long. But it's gorgeous when first done. If they could stay like the fresh brushed look there is no way I would even consider trimming. Here is a before and after of Sophie. It was much easier to keep her looking tidy when she had her puppy coat.
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Do you mean a WHITE WHITE or a goldish color? We could have got his brother Snowball and had a white pup....
What colour is your pup at the roots of the hair? That might give you an indication of what will be growing out.
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What colour is your pup at the roots of the hair? That might give you an indication of what will be growing out.
I will look when I get back to the house in about 15 minutes.

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