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Color, health and temperament

In a book I read about Poodles, (I got it from the library. It may have been "Poodles, A Complete Owner's Guide", but I am not sure) they talk about a test that was done to note the effect that color has on temperament. It seems the black scored high with the most desirable traits. Easy to train, did not bark excessively, etc. Next was brown and white, with apricot being at the bottom of the list. This really surprised me. Does anyone know of any definite traits with colors of Havanese?
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That is really interesting! Many years ago our first poodles were black - they barked quite a bit but then later we got a red poodle and she barked even more so it could be right. But, poodles tend to be pretty bad barkers in my experience. I have heard many on the forum complain of their Havs barking but Abby only barks when the doorbell rings and if she sees a dog across our pond. I am thrilled to have such a quiet dog - that is one of her best traits!

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Let me check with Kipling....

He says the light tan one's with more white-ish faces are the best ones by far!

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I'm not sure how much truth there is to it, but most handlers will tell you that chocolate dogs have "brown brain" and it is not a compliment. When I was showing Mousse, my chocolate dog, even a couple of judges commented, "I bet you are brown all the way through to your brain" and I had to laugh and admit that yes, he had a stereotypical chocolate temperament.
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Let me check with Kipling....

He says the light tan one's with more white-ish faces are the best ones by far!

Yes, I have consulted with both Maddie and Roscoe and they wholeheartedly agree with Kipling

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I love the "parti" colored dogs; red and white, gold and white, sable and white...I don't see a lot of the reds, and I was just curious! So chocolates have "brown brain"...I'll keep that in mind while I take my time looking for my pup!
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My guess is that it have to do with the gene pool. There is a LOT more of black poodles out there and you have a wider range to choice from when you make your breeding program.

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I have a good friend who has had standard poodles for over 40 years. I love the look of the reds but know exactly what you mean about personality. Her dogs all seem to match their personality with color. Her performance dogs are black btw I only have two havs of different coloring but haven't seen the obvious personality differences as shown by her dogs/breed.

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My first dog as an adult was a male apricot mini poodle. He was not, as I recall, difficult to train. He was smart as a whip and he adored us/me. However, he wasn't in love with the public at large, which Milo certainly is. Bailey is wary of strangers till he gets to know them and Ms. Ruby, well it's too soon to tell. As for temperament however, she's a red sable and her temperament is sweet and sassy. Am I allowed to say I also think she's brilliant?

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My first dog as an adult was a male apricot mini poodle. He was not, as I recall, difficult to train. He was smart as a whip and he adored us/me. However, he wasn't in love with the public at large, which Milo certainly is. Bailey is wary of strangers till he gets to know them and Ms. Ruby, well it's too soon to tell. As for temperament however, she's a red sable and her temperament is sweet and sassy. Am I allowed to say I also think she's brilliant?
Ruby is a beauty...I am new here...may I ask where you got her? I know puppies for sale are not to be advertised, but, can you tell me what breeder she came from?
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