Ceylon's breeder classified him as a gold brindle. She also said that Cey's father was almost the same color when he was a puppy, and I met him (Cey's father) and he is almost pure white now. I have read and re-read all of the color descriptions for sable vs. brindle, but Ceylon really seems to be a conglomerate of colors in, what to me, is an absolutely fascinating way. I think pictures can explain it better:
He has semi-solid dark brown or black, I think to the roots, on his beard, tips of his ears, and tip of his tail.
Beard (and he has an obviously white patch on his chest which you can also see somewhat in this pic):
Ears (and a close-up of his face):
His legs and hindquarters have almost exclusively white (perhaps not as white as his chest patch) at the roots, though they are liberally tipped with a grayish gold color and black now:
His upper back, however, has dark brown/black and other colors (brown? gold? white?) going all the way down to the roots, although the dark brown/black is sparsely populated - and where not dark, the roots seem more light brown or creamish colored than the white on the roots of for instance his hindquarters:
Finally, on the top of his head all the way down his ears until the dark tips, is very gold down to the roots, though currently black tipped as well (the color didn't turn out very well in the pic, but IRL it is definitely much more 'golden' than the areas pictured above), with just a few random dark hairs going all the way down to the roots:
The whole package (this pic was taken by his breeder before I got him, so its a bit outdated, but even though I have taken hundreds of pictures of him I still don't have as nice of a full body shot as this one! He has lightened up a little bit on the dark parts of him - tail, ears - since then, but it's still pretty close to his current coloring):
And here is a picture of his dad, whom his breeder (also the dog's owner) said was much the same color as Cey was as a puppy:
I know that whatever Ceylon is, that he will most likely change a lot as he matures. (I really don't want him to at the moment, because I just LOVE his coloring right now!! - but I also know that I love his coloring because I love him, and so I will no doubt also love whatever colors he grows into!) And I also know that there is no way to predict exactly what colors he will grow into, and that is part of the mystique of owning a hav! But the sable/brindle thing has sort of been driving me nuts since I got him... not that I don't trust his breeder, but in reading the formal descriptions of brindle colorings, he doesn't quite seem to fit since it is only in a few places where his coloring goes all the way down to the roots... so if anybody has any thoughts, please let me know!