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Discolored nose - a puppy thing?

Hi all,

I'm likely going to get this pup and was wondering about his nose. Will this coloring go away or is it anything to worry about?

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You'll have to wait for the experienced breeders to confirm this - but his/her nose pigment is incomplete and I'd guess that it wouldn't come in completely black. It will hold you out of the show ring, but other than that I don't believe it indicates a health problem. Also, it could be what is called "snow nose" meaning that a good dose of sunlight daily may help it darken up. How old is this puppy?


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You'll have to wait for the experienced breeders to confirm this - but his/her nose pigment is incomplete and I'd guess that it wouldn't come in completely black. It will hold you out of the show ring, but other than that I don't believe it indicates a health problem. Also, it could be what is called "snow nose" meaning that a good dose of sunlight daily may help it darken up. How old is this puppy?
Thanks for the reply. He's 5 weeks. He's going to be a companion dog and not show, so it sounds like it wouldn't be a problem.
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I don't know about the nose pigment, could it be that it just hasn't come in yet? Whatever color his nose turns out to be, he is adorable! Such a sweet looking puppy, he looks so soft!

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My Beamer has some pink pigment in his nose to.. I think its cute!

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He is so stinkin' cute! At that age, I am not sure if he would ever get his black pigment. I've heard of some getting their full pigment later, but some don't. Like Lisa already said, I'm doubtful that it would be any reason for concern. It's a cosmetic issue and that's all.

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Oh and one other thing - we'd be remiss if we didn't remind you to make sure that the parents have been health tested. You can check out the Havanese Club of America's web site for the list of tests but it includes xrays for hips, patellas, CERF (which is eyes) and BAER testing (which is hearing). I know there are others recommended as well, so please make sure your guy comes from healthy parents. It's just too heartbreaking if something goes wrong, so anything you can do to ensure the healthiest start to life is worth it.


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Thanks all. I'd heard about nose issues being indicators for health, but didn't realize pigment takes time to come in sometimes.

Lisa, I checked out Mom's reg # to verify those tests yesterday. I've been lurking for a few days and have learned a lot from this forum. I'm SO glad I found it. I'm going to ask about the sire soon. Thanks for looking out for everyone. I've cried reading a few of the illness threads and can't even imagine what it would be like for the owners.
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Cream puppies vary in the rate that the coloring comes in. Maybe it will and maybe it won't but if you look at his ancestors and how the other cream puppies did it should give you a good idea.
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Tom, his mom's nose is completely pigmented and so is his brother's from the same litter.
Do you know at what age the pigment should be in by?
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