I am thinking of getting two puppies. I know it will be crazy but I am now a stay at home mom, with two daughters in college, lol! So I have plenty of time. I think I want a boy and a girl and no two girls, been there done that NO thanks!
I read two posts that talked about reds! is this another name for chocolate Havanese? If not what is a red?
No, red has nothing to do with chocolate. Chocolates are determined by the color of their skin, not their hair. You can have a "chocolate" with a completely white coat, but with brown skin around their eyes, on their nose and the pads of their feet. Of course, breeders who like chocolate TRY to breed for as deep a chocolate as possible because that's what consumers want. But I don't believe that people should breed for color.
Red is even less common in the breed than chocolate, and can come from two different set of genes. One is related to black and one is related to sable. The reds that are related to black are often "clear reds" with no black tips on the coat. The ones related to sable usually do have back tips on the coat. ALL red Havanese should have black skin, like every other color except chocolate. Like every other Havanese color, there are LOTS of "modifier" genes that can make the coat darker or lighter, or make it fade over time. So just because you get a red puppy doesn't mean that the dog will be red as an adult.
Red Havanese are lovely, but please dont choose a Havanese based on color. There are no guarantees that the color will stay for one thing. Choose a puppy based on these factors first:
1. Health testing of the parents and health of the pup
2. Temperament of the parents and the pup
3. Reputable breeder (though if they are attending to the first two, they probably ARE a reputable breeder)
Gender isn't very important with Havanese. Unlike some breeds, temperamentally, girls and boys are pretty similar. There are individual differences, but much less based on gender.
And color should be the very LAST consideration (if it is considered at all) It has been said that color in Havanese puppies are like a box of chocolates. You can never tell for sure exactly what you're going to get!