did you say:
a blue dog?
Without a doubt,
this is one of the best traits of the Havanese. Appropriately, the
name of a German kennel is “Capricho del Cielo”, meaning that
you never know for sure which color your litter will be. And, if
the fact that all colors are accepted is not fun enough, they are
also accepted in any pattern or combination!
And that´s not the
end of it: the color of a Hav puppy might not be his adult color.
It seems like these furry friends would never stop amusing and
surprising us! Then, how should we register them? The document
that follows give a thorough explanation of the work of the Color
Committee of the HCA regarding the Havanese colors, its
combinations and patterns.
Colors By the HCA Color Committee
with Jack Norton at AKC these colors and patterns are agreed upon
for choices when registering Havanese. AKC wants breeders to chose,
to the best of their ability and knowledge, the adult color and
pattern and not what the puppy is born with. This will be
difficult sometimes, but do your best to chose the colors of what
you feel the pups will be as adults. Sometimes it’s important to
do this when the pup is 8 to 12 weeks old when colors have already
started to change from birth colors.
The AKC is in
possession of a letter from the HCA stating that any color and
pattern in the Havanese is acceptable. Since Havanese are
acceptable in all colors and patterns, we have tried to pick a
reasonable palate to cover most probabilities.
We are now allowed
20 colors and 7 patterns of color. We also are allowed an
additional 10 ‘alternate’ colors and 3 ‘alternate’
patterns for those colors or patterns that just don’t fit in the
regular 20 or 7. In order to use and register one of these
alternate colors and/or patterns, you would write in your choice
on the ‘other’ line of the registration and send a picture of
the pup or dog along with the registration to the AKC office. A
picture must accompany this, if you chose to write in your color
or pattern as an alternate.
We hope to provide a
color photo file to be added to the HCA web page, of as many of
these colors and patterns as possible. The same pictures that we
are using for education will also be sent to AKC for their files.
Please feel free to contact the “Color Committee Chair”: Bobbi
Lowry at email@example.com if you have questions. But we hope
that the web page of pictures and descriptions and this handout
will give you all the information you’ll need.
We are only allowed
to pick one choice from the color side and one choice from the
pattern side, (see last page of this handout for a ‘quick
reference’) and the new ‘colors’ will be different for most
of us. Please do your best in making your decisions based on the
choices you have.
first in line- and her littermates
Choices (Basic colors)
Cream – Cream will be used for an off white puppy. This would
have previously been registered as champagne. Most pups will
display darker cream on the ears.
Gold - Gold is a warm rich color of moderate intensity. These dogs
have an apricot or light orange.
Red - Red is an
intense reddish orange. It’s also a warm color but is more
intense than gold.
Fawn – Fawn dogs
are the cooler tans, buffs or brown tones.
Black – Blacks are
black with no reddish or brown tones or hairs.
Chocolate – The
only dogs with the liver colored nose and lips, and lighter eye
Black and Tan
Black and Silver
Blue - Blue is from
an almost black to a soft charcoal color. The hallmark of blue
dogs is that they do not start turning from black to blue until
they are a year old or older. Many times the blues have a dull
cast to their coat as it turns from black to brown and finally to
blue. Probably few puppies can be registered at blue, since this
coat change happens much later.
Silver – Silver
dogs can be from charcoal to a very soft light silver or pewter
silver. These pups start silvering at an early age, usually after
4 weeks but certainly by 12 weeks.
There has been much
misdiagnosing between sable and brindle in the past. The
definitions are as follows:
Sable – Identified
by black tipping of the hairs on a coat of a different base color
such as fawn or gold. The base color is identified by looking at
the roots of the hair near the ‘scalp’.
Identified by any pattern of color that goes all the way to the
roots, unlike sable where JUST the tips are dark along with a base
color. Most Brindles have several colors going on, i.e. Silver,
black, gold, cream. Brindles do not have to have the classic ‘striped
pattern’ as previously thought, but they may. Often, brindles
display a black mask.
NOTE: If you put a
sable dog in a puppy clip, you will cut off the black tipping and
it will not grow back, except perhaps on the ears. Brindle would
grow the color back since that is the color of the hair all the
way through. There are varying degrees of sable tipping and some
will keep more of the black tipping than others. Often only the
black tipping on the ears remains as the dog grows older. With
Brindle, while the base colors may lighten significantly, the
colored hairs will remain throughout the body and not just on the
The colors listed below are the complete list of colors. These
are the same colors listed above, but with the addition of either
sable or brindle. This will be how you chose the colors of your
dogs on registration forms.
Cream; Cream Sable (we don’t think there would be a
cream brindle but if you should get one, this would be a ‘write
in’ with an accompanying picture to AKC, with registration
Gold; Gold Sable; Gold Brindle
Fawn; Fawn Sable
Red; Red Sable
(11. 12. 13.)
Silver; Silver Sable; Silver Brindle
Black; Black Brindle – black brindle: Black coat
with auburn hairs. This is what was once thought of as “Havana
Brown”. Black brindles have degrees of auburn with the black
coat. They may sometimes display a lot of the auburn coloring or
very little. They may even appear to look like a rich dark
Chocolate, but they will not have the liver colored nose. They
have a dark black nose and pigment.
Blue; Blue Brindle
Black and Tan
Black and Silver
Alternates could be:
Red Brindle Fawn Brindle Chocolate Brindle Chocolate Sable
Black & Tan Brindle Black & Silver Brindle
Parti – Primarily white with markings of another color from
above. Generally, more than 50% of the dog is white.
Pied – Primarily a colored dog with any of the above colors
with white markings concurrent with the Irish Pied pattern: White
of varying degree on feet and/or legs, white chest and a full or
partial white collar around the neck. The tail is also tipped in
White Markings - Primarily an almost solid colored dog with a
few areas of white, i.e. chest spots, toes, etc. of white.
Cream Markings – same as white markings but with cream or tan
Silver Markings – same as white markings but with silver
Tan Points – A colored dog with tan cheek spots, eyebrows and
feet, forelegs and tail vent. (marked similarly to a Doberman)
Silver Points – Same as for tan points but with the silver
1. A puppy who is born a Black Irish Pied with tan markings
between the black and white would now be registered as: Black and
Tan Irish Pied. (think Bernese mountain dog colors, here) It being
an Irish Pied, automatically tells you this dog has the white
Irish Pied coloring. 2. A sable parti would now be registered
according to his base color; i.e. gold, gold sable, or fawn sable
etc. and then the pattern of parti.
New AKC Havanese Colors & Patterns (Quick Reference)
(you may chose ONE)
White Parti Black Pied Black Brindle White Mkgs Blue Cream Mkgs
Blue Brindle Silver Mkgs Chocolate Tan Points Cream Silver Points
Fawn Fawn Sable Gold Gold Brindle Alternate Colors: Gold Sable Red
Red Brindle Red Sable Chocolate Sable Chocolate Chocolate Brindle
Silver Fawn Brindle Silver Brindle Black & Tan Brindle Silver
Sable Black & Silver Brindle Black & Tan Black &
Please choose the color that will most likely resemble each
puppy, AS AN ADULT. AKC wants us to register our puppies as how
they will most likely look as adults.
NOTE: You may chose an alternate color and/or pattern in ‘other’
when filling out Registration Forms for new puppies, if you have
one that doesn’t fit any of the above, but you MUST include a
picture of the puppy with the application to AKC.
Sable: Dark tipped hairs on one of the base colors above. Only
the tips of the hair are dark. Brindle: Various Colored hairs of
any pattern, that go all the way to the root, with one of the base
colors, above. Many brindles have a black mask. Brindles have
several colors in them, so chose their ‘main’ color from what
base color is growing in at the roots at time of registration."
to Suzanne McKay's site and visit her "Colours
of the Rainbow" .
She has lots of Hav pictures of different colours and