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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Why are chocolates hot?

In my search for my next furkid, as compared to looking for a puppy back in 2000, I notice that the breeders that I've talked to tout the fact that they have chocolates, and some charge more for them.

Are chocolate Havs considered especially prized? If so, why?
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My guess would be that chocolate is the current popularity trend; so economics drives the price. The more people want them, the more people charge for them.

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The only thing that I heard was that both parents must carry the chocolate gene, so it makes them more rare?? I didn't pay a huge premium for Bosco, I just liked the brown color and his outgoing personality.
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I guess its just more pretty and valuable. Chester had a chocolate brother that was like a $100 bucks more than him.


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The reputable breeders I know do NOT charge more for chocolate puppies. From what I have seen, there are LOTS of chocolates out there that are fine as pet quality dogs, but have flaws (particularly faulty skin and eye color) that would preclude their use as show/breeding dogs. Why would anyone be willing to pay more for a lesser quality dog?

While I've seen some very cute chocolates, most of them fade substantially, and aren't nearly as attractive when they are adults. Many people don't know that, get sucked in by the mystique of "chocolate" (especially since they paid more for it) only to find that they have a sort of cream colored dog, with light eyes and chocolate skin when they mature.

I wouldn't avoid a chocolate if it had everything else I was looking for in a Havanese, but I sure wouldn't go out of my way for it, and I CERTAINLY wouldn't choose a chocolate over a better quality, better raised pup of any other color.


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Life lesson learned today at the vet clinic chocolate bulldogs - cannot be shown, hence considered "rare" have stud fees at $15K, puppies at $23K+ WAY above show quality bulldogs.

There is a HUGE market out there for what is advertised as "rare"

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personally I don't understand the 'trend' ... It is a matter of preference and I ADORE little black noses, and rims and pink/black paw pads... but that's just my preference...

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I love the chocolate, but I still think the black and whites are my favorite. They have so much flash when they walk.





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I too am not thrilled with the lighter chocolates - just not enough pigment for my personal preference - but I've seen some dark chocolates lately that I thought were mighty cute.

However, I do so love the dark eyes & pads also.....

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Besides the fact that I like the look of them, I went with chocolates because I have dark brown couches. Although they are said to be non-shedding, anything with hair loses some. This way, when hair falls, you won't see it on my sofas!! Makes good sense to me. Plus the pups coordinate like cuddly little throw pillows in the corners of the couch! Hee Hee!!
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