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Choosing a pup, but can't decide on color!!! You vote...

Trying to choose a male Hav and can't decide on color. What do YOU think? Any advice on color/marking appreciated as well. Which is more unique, which turns grey faster, etc. Here are my picks....

1. Black w/ white paws and stripe on chest


2. Black head w/ white body, small spot on back


3. Chocolate w/ white paws
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The black w/white paws will probably silver at some point. The white w/black head could stay the same or the head could silver and, I think, the chocolate will lighten. In other words, what you see now may not be what you end up with in the long run.

I think temperament should be a bigger factor than color when choosing a puppy. Breeders will try to match the puppy to your lifestyle. I'm sure others will weigh in. Good luck with your decision. Of course, they are all adorable.


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I'd meet the pups before choosing one on color. Dana and I each had our favorite pup picked based on color before meeting him. Once we got to the breeders, we both fell in love with Gibbs based upon his "personality". Three of the pups hid in the corner too scared to come out. Two of the pups came sniffing around to "inspect" us. One of them seemed "jumpy" and the breeder acknowledged he had some digestive issues and was on medication. The other, Gibbs, played with us until he had to go potty. He walked over to the paper, squatted and pooped. He then came back to play with us. He was ours.

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Definitely agree with the posts about temperament and all, but this posting is really just inquiring about color preference from the choices above. Color is not the end-all deciding factor here. I was just curious about people's opinions. Thanks for all the advice though. Shared wisdom is always appreciated!
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If you can wait to meet the pups or at least until they are a bit older and the breeder can help you determine temperamently which pup might best fit your family that would be much better than selecting based on color. Havanese color can change dramatically as the puppy grows up.


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Can you go visit the puppies in person? If not, that is a red flag that the breeder may not be reputable.

If you haven't done so already, I recommend reviewing the Sticky: Things to Look for in a Reputable Breeder http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=16008

My Hav is black with white markings (chin/chest/back paws) and at 18 months old she hasn't silvered, so the first puppy could stay black too.

Good luck and welcome to the Forum!

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agree with what everyone else says; third pup will likely be mostly white by his third birthday, first could be as well. one with the dark head might silver as well. Can tell silvering a bit better in a few weeks but colour is very unpredictable. Better to pick on termperment as first choice. If you can meet the pups then the pup will likely pick you.


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All havs are cute I think. If you google colors of the rainbow there are many examples of color change. The breeders usually know too. My breeder warned me what to expect on many things - color, baby teeth, behavior and she's been right about everything. We also let the breeder select for us based on lifestyle and that we had no plans to show and she picked the perfect dog for us.
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All havs are cute I think. If you google colors of the rainbow there are many examples of color change. The breeders usually know too. My breeder warned me what to expect on many things - color, baby teeth, behavior and she's been right about everything. We also let the breeder select for us based on lifestyle and that we had no plans to show and she picked the perfect dog for us.
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Yes, I am welcome to visit the pups. I just haven't due to the distance away along with the fact that they were just born 2 days ago. I was only posting this as kind of a fun way to see what people would vote as their choice based on color & markings only. That's all.
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