Havanese Colors By the HCA Color
"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
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 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
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
Red - Red is an intense
reddish orange. It’s also a warm color but is more intense than
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
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
There has been much misdiagnosing
between sable and brindle in the past. The definitions are as
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.
(1,2.) 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
(3.4.5.) Gold; Gold
Sable; Gold Brindle
(6.7.) Fawn; Fawn
(8.9.) Red; Red
(11. 12. 13.) Silver;
Silver Sable; Silver Brindle
(14. 15.) 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.
(16. 17.) Blue; Blue
(18.) Black and
(19.) Black and
Red Brindle Fawn Brindle Chocolate
Brindle Chocolate Sable Black & Tan Brindle Black & Silver
Parti – Primarily white with
markings of another color from above. Generally, more than 50% of the dog is
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.
Cream Markings – same as
white markings but with cream or tan instead.
Silver Markings – same as
white markings but with silver instead.
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 instead.
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
Havanese Colors & Patterns (Quick Reference)
(you may chose
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 & Silver
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."