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Question If you could choose black or white

which would you prefer or choose...... Our puppies have been born and they have 4 girls to choose from 2 are mostly all black, 2 black with white chest and an all white one. The breeder will help us choose while considering their temperment of course----which is great. But - on the maintenance side....are white dogs hard to keep clean looking- do the eyes tear so much that they can stain? I love the look of the white hav (luv them all actually) but my daughters love the white one. Thanks for your .02 cents- I have learned so much and with the info I have learned here I will be teaching my 8year old the how to's of potty training, etc. Thanks so much!
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A white dog is definitely going to show dirt more-just like white carpet! It's not impossible though. Tear staining depends on the dog and can be dealt with successfully. I'd say get what you like! Maybe white is better because you will keep him or her cleaner!
Dusty has a lot of white and she looks very pretty when she's clean, but I have always liked black dogs too.

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Aesthetically I really like white, because I like to see the contrast with their eyes, nose, and mouth outline. It creates a really expressive face that you can easily read. Biscuit had some issues with tear staining his first puppy year, but it all went away. It seemed related to food allergies, and teething.

I have no problem keeping him clean, but we don't have children at home, so he's not playing a lot outside with them.

I would say, pick the puppy by personality first, and second by color. Good luck!!

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Well I have a black AND a white. Haha My white is definitely more grooming than my black but it is harder to brush. i think it depends most on the indavidual dog. I would base it on personality!
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You can see the faces of the white ones better....but I have black and white and I love that...my granddog is black and she's just the best! Black is easier to keep clean "looking", but my two have white feet and I guess I don't notice that they look "bad" a bath is in order. Hmmm...I guess I'm not any help! I will say that I didn't want a white dog, but there certainly are a lot of beautiful one's on the forum, it just wasn't what I wanted. I'd be more concerned about the temperament...

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I went with white, or cream and have no regrets whatsoever. I was always drawn to the light colored Havs when I was researching them and think they are very regal looking and yes..I love that you can so easily see their eyes and expression. Gucci smiles, and I may not see that as well on a darker dog

Good points: They are easy to keep clean because you can *SEE* any dirt, sticks, fleas, ticks, etc. So you can get them out before they cause any problems and matting, etc.

As far as tearing, some do and some don't . Usually, they tear more when they are teething, or so they say. But I found the tearing easy to treat and get rid of. She doesn't tear much now, unless her hair is bothering her and not up out of her face, or super windy outside, etc. But not like a daily thing, no. I just dab some baby powder on it and it dries right up.

Easy peasy.

But I do think temperment and personality is the #1 thing to consider.

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If I were Kara I would pick white too.....she is a genius when it comes to white dogs! Now, me, that is a whole other thread! I now have a bichon & maltese, both white and I do a horrible job keeping them that way! Valentino is sable and that is much easier for me.....I wouldn't mind a black & white parti if there was alot of black on the face so the tearing wouldn't show as much. I just think it is a matter of preference and energy & tenacity to keep them white!
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I have two adorable furballs, one black and white- Benji, and the other turning more cream - Lizzie. They have great temperaments and that was the most important factor for me. I love both to pieces, but I am partial to black and white partis. However, most people are attracted to Lizzie because of her coloring, her cream is tipped with black and silver.

Advantages of lighter coats: easy to see their expression, easy to photograph, as Kara mentioned you can see dirt, insects etc.

I haven't had any issues with tear staining with Lizzie (I feed both 1 tablespoon of yogurt everyday). As to the grooming, I think the type of coat makes a huge diffrence, Benji has a very soft and silky coat, Lizzie is very soft but more cottony.

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I have a white/cream one and a black/white one. They are both easy for me to keep clean and I do all the grooming. Kodi, the cream one never had staining, but Shelby had some as a pup. Now she doesn't stain anymore, and she has a black face.
Kodi is at a point now where he is very easy to brush - no matting. Shelby still gets mats. Today it took an hour to brush her, but that's because she is a fighter when I brush her.

I found the most difficult thing was blowing coat. Once we lived past that stage, it was a breeze.

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I think it is just a personal choice.....with lighter colored ones staining shows up more,but almost all have some issues with it,the black just do not show it! It's all up to you. I read the pure white ones are considered "rare" but I don't know if that was true and isn't anymore,or what.Good luck!

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