Perhaps some of you have noticed the big difference in Milo's colors. I love to be up front and honest with all of my puppy buyers and I want you to know the truth about Havanese colors. Many Havanese carry the fading gene. My Havanese have all faded and their puppies are expected to do the same. The fading gene is not due to old age. This happens as young as six months old and the dog can completely change color by one year old. Once again, it has nothing to do with old age, and usually begins early on. Can I guarantee you a brown and white parti color pup? No. Can I guarantee you a chocolate and tan pup? No. Will your puppy's color change or not? I do not know. But most likely it will. All those who have sent me pictures of their chocolate pups grown up, have proved this - they have faded just like Daddy Milo. There it is. The truth and nothing but the truth. Smile. I wish someone had told me this when I got my first Havanese because my search for such and such a color really wouldn't have mattered that much if I knew they all faded and changed anyways!
You may be the very rare one that will have a puppy that stays the same color his whole life. (I haven't seen this yet in any of my Havanese!) So just remember that your puppy will probably completely change color which is quite common in Havanese. A good guide is to look at the color of Mama and Papa and try to see how they have changed. Milo changed quite a bit. Hazelnut has lightened a lot too, but still is a light brown and white dog. Maybe your puppy will fade a lot and carries even more of the fading gene from Daddy Milo. Oh, and here it gets even more complicated -- maybe your puppy carries grandpa and grandma's color genes! As you can see the possibilities are endless and that is why a breeder is wise to not guarantee a color ever in certain breeds. This is common in other breeds too. A few breeds that color change for example are: Havanese, Shih Tzu, and Poodles.
Milo was a chocolate and tan but now he is a silver mocha color with lighter tan points (eyebrows, other facial highlights, and feet, etc as shown in the picture.) Hazel, on the other hand, lightened alot but is still a brown and white parti color. Sasha is still quite dark, but Gracie has faded from a black to a charcoal gray. This is the fun part about Havanese. You never know exactly what shade they will turn since genes have such a complex history. Yet, I like everyone to simply assume that their Havanese will lighten. That way there are no surprises! The one thing you will know, no matter what happens, is that you will adore your new best friend!
Question: Will those blue eyes stay blue?
I often have people wanting a Havanese with blue eyes, and I always want to be up front and honest with everyone - so, let me explain. Our chocolate Havanese have blue eyes when they are a few weeks old, but they do not stay blue. They turn a beautiful yellow light brown color with hints of green by the time they go home to their families. Look at Pumpkin and then Hazel's eyes below to see how they change.
Pumpkin - 5 weeks old
Those baby blues are cute but will soon turn a pretty dark yellow-green color. Check out Mama Hazel's eyes below!
Our sweetie Hazel
Note how her eyes are a yellowish light brown color with hints of green.
By a few months old your chocolate puppy's blue eyes have already turned a similar color to this. Our chocolate Havanese have eyes that are much lighter than dogs with black noses and eye rims, but remember, the puppies eyes will not remain blue.