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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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We're looking at a puppy and hoping someone may be able to give an educated guess as to what color this puppy is (taken at 10 days old) or will be when he's full grown. I know that their coats can dramatically change color... but just wondering if this one would retain much color or get very light.

Also - I'm told the nose pigment continues to come in - but is there a rule of thumb as to what age should the color be fully in?

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Not sure what color her might be but you can go to this website and maybe you can find his color:

About the nose pigment, I think its should still be changing color. When my first Havs had puppies, each puppy nose pigment stop at different times. But by the time they are fully running and walking it should be a full color.

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No idea but that is one sweet, sweet baby!!! How could you resist???

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I don't have a good guess what you would call him now, but the breeder should know. The breeder should also be able to give you some idea where the color could go from here depending on the parents. The thing about Havanese is their colors can change all thoughout their lives, so there is a real good chance that what you see now is not the color he will be 6 months from now.

The best choice is go for health first, personality second, and color last...because the color will change! Good luck finding the perfect pup!
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oh how cute, I love sable puppies. Christy is right, your breeder should be able to help you if he will keep any of his color or not. Is this the first litter from his parent's? Maybe seeing other puppies from previous breeding's will help. Most sable puppies loose all their coloring and keep some black on the ears but some do hold a some color but it is usually lighter.

My Riley is a red sable, you can see how much he has changed and he has kept some of his red just not as dark as when he was born.

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Looks like a gold sable to me- yes he will probably lighten to a light cream color- he's cute!

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Looks like a sable with Irish pied markings. Probably will fade though.

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Yes, the havanese can go thru huge colour changes...and that is the why you never should pick your puppy from colour...temper and personality to fit your family is numer one...and that the litter if from healthy lines with helth tested parents, a breeder you trust and lines that are ok.

I do not know if you have visited this site, it is fantastic and show A LOT of different colours and the type of changes they can go thru.

About the pigmentation, yes, if it continue to come in for several it is important to look at the pigmentation on both the parents and in the lines....Many light dogs can have "snow nose" they loos a lot of pigmentation in the nose and it start to turn pink in the middle...Sometimes it is like that all around, sometimes it get better in the summer....

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My Freddie has snow nose all year round. Bella does too. It's just a lighter shade. They both had black noses as pups. They started changing in the winter and then would go back to black in the summer. One day they didn't turn back. Scudders stayed a solid black. Here's a close up of Fred where you can see the lighter shades in his nose.
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