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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-16-2009, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Do Hav noses change color?

I've noticed recently that Gryff's formerly coal black nose is now slightly pink. What's up with that? Is it normal?

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Yes, it's normal. Some noses do that in wintertime!

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Sometimes cream or white dogs noses will lighten in winter. It's called "Winter Nose" and nothing to worry about.

(Funny we posted the same thing at the same time)
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I am sure you will not be surprised to hear that Brady's nose changes in the winter, although I have not noticed it yet this year. Afterall, our boys look so much alike.


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As everyone said, it's normal. It's just because the nose is not getting as much sunlight as it does in the summer so it loses pigmentation.


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Just out of curiosity, does he have some foot and toe pads that aren't black?
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Kodi's nose always went from black in summer to brown in winter and then to black again. But this past summer, his nose got darker, but not that true black color. Recently he has lost the black "eyeliner" around his eyes. That has gone brown also. I think he is either losing pigment or has the chocolate gene.


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Michelle- that also happened to Belle last year. I know she is a maltese but she got a lighter nose in the winter time and it hasn't gone back to that jet black. She still has her eye liner but her nose has lightened compared to when she was younger. As to what Tom is saying- ironically every one of her pads is jet black. In the maltese ring, the judges will often look at the pads to judge maltese pigment.

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To answer the original question, while some people may say it is "normal", it is not supposed to happen. Havanese are supposed to maintain their black pigment on their noses (and eyerims, lips and pads). Yes, it does happen sometimes, but it is something that a breeder hopes to avoid in their breeding program. Most good breeders will remove a dog from their breeding program if the pigment fades (or never fully comes in).

It does not mean anything is wrong with the dog though. They just have weaker pigment and it is no big deal at all.
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