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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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