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New puppy - does color matter?

I'm choosing a puppy and I'm trying to decide what color. The breeder currently has a mostly white little boy, a black and a bit bigger one that is creme.

I've been thinking that I want a 10 to 11 pound dog since they are easier to lift and I'm not all that big. 14-15 pounds would be heavy for for me.

I'd really like a puppy by the spring but I'm stuck as far as the color goes. Do I wait for another litter and hope for the color I want, maybe a gold or black and white parti? Or in the end - does it not really matter?

The whites are gorgeous but obviously they show dirt more. AFter all this time I've been looking and waiting I want to make the right choice.

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Cooper is white and cream color. I like the lighter color for: easier to find ticks/fleas etc. His nails are white easy to cut. Yes, he gets dirty faster but he's still a pup and i do comb him everyday. Do you have a specific color in mind? Me, I love them all and our next one (still saving) I might go with a darker coloring. Many times it is the pup that makes the choice and you will fall in love no matter what color.
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Because the color they begin life with isn't necessarily the color they'll be in a couple of years, in my opinion, no. However, having said that, it appears important to you, so I'd wait for the one you really want

But what I'd be more concerned about is SIZE . . .what do both parents weigh? Since some Havanese DO grow larger than the "standard" you could possibly end up with a size you can't manage . Good luck with your decision




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"Why do you care what color they are when they are puppies? They all end up white"

That was my husbands verdict upon being forced to sit through hours of puppy before and after pictures. With all the color changes unless you start with black dog (who may silver anyways) you really never sure on how much color they will retain. I got a chocolate hoping she'd keep the brown but even this young at 14 weeks you can see her roots lightening up considerably so we may end up with a white chocolate dog Poor hubby LOL

Seriously though take a good look at the parents and if you are comfortable with their size you'll probably end up with right fit for you.
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Yep, mine is chocolate and white. I am told she will end up with a little chocolate, and silver and white. The chocolate silver is beautiful though. She is constantly changing. Good luck.
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I think temperament is #1. Colour is really iffy and can change dramatically. My baby is a black and white, but the black is starting to overtake the white (and his white is really laced with black now (ticking), so he's actually darker now than when I got him (or at least his white isn't nearly as pronounced).

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I would say, health & temperament should be your first priorities. That being said, it's not impossible to get a healthy pup in the color, sex and temperament you want. You just have to be patient and sometimes that means waiting. When getting a dog that can live 15 or so years, having patience is a good thing I have a small Hav at 7 lbs and 2 big boys at 15 & 16 pounds. The small one was my first and the boys grew bigger than I thought they would be. Funny thing is, I now prefer the larger Havs. I don't need to worry about stepping on them or a hawk flying away with them.

Decide what temperament you want. This is very important. I always leaned towards the laid back pup, go with the flow hav. All my Hav's are easy and calm. My brothers hav is off the wall with energy. His dog would have never fit with my lifestyle. These are just things to consider. Good luck!





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I agree with what everyone has said, temperment and health should be #1 when choosing a breeder/puppy.
I have an "Irish Red Peid" who is now, at 20 months almost completely white and though I CAN and DO see her apricot especially when she is wet, no one else does! LOL
I never wanted a 'little white dog' .. and that is exactly what I got! ha ha ha ha
I'd say, choose a great breeder and go from there. For me, personally, if/when I get a second hav, I REALLY want a black and white, or even a BLACK with a little white just to garanteeeeee that he/she will NOT end up all white! ha haha
ALTHOUGH, all that said, I DO LOVE that I can see every speck on her and I can clip her nails because they are clear ... I do NOT love tear staining though.

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Ditto to what everyone says. I'll just add one thing. The breeder believed Eli would weigh between 11-12 lbs. He's about 15 lbs and not fat at all. I wouldn't call him a big boy but he's hard to hold for long periods of time (I'm average height and weight for a woman). Size will likely trump color for you (all other things like health and tempermant being equal) so you'll need to find a breeder you trust to direct you to smaller puppies. However, even that may not be a guarantee.
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I can understand color being a consideration but it should not be final in your decision. For myself I have stayed away from black and whites, I think they are beautiful but one of my heart dogs Mr. Singh was a black and white and I just don't want to go there. I have never based any of the dogs I have on color. As for red in this country it is iffy and even overseas there is no guarantee they will stay red.

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