Coats of Many Colors

Quite often when I tell people that I have Havanese they ask me, "Havawhat?" Part of the mystery is that Havanese come in so many different colors and color patterns. They can be pure white, cream, champagne, gold, red, chocolate, silver, brown, or black. They can be patterned in brindle, sable, tan points, saddle tan, or agouti. Havanese can also have markings of piebald, parti, Irish pied, white, or tricolor. To further complicate the process, there are various gene loci that casue the color to fade or darken even in adulthood. Whew! That is a lot of various colors, shades, patterns, and markings! It is also so very interesting, because of how greatly they change from birth through adulthood. So what you see in a puppy color most likely will not be the color the Havanese will have as an adult. This truly causes a Havanese to stand out in the dog world!

Havanese History

The Havanese are in the family of Bichons, which includes the Bichon Frise, the Bolognese, the Coton de Tulear, the Maltese, and the Lowchen. It is very difficult to pinpoint the exact history of the Havanese, as the telling of its origin is steeped in folklore or theories with little fact.  The history of the Havanese that seems most plausible is the Bichons originated in the Mediterranean region perhaps as far back as 300BC. It is thought that the sea faring captains of Spain or Italy in the 15th century brought these small white dogs to Cuba as gifts to the tradesmen. These tiny bundles of joy soon became the favorite pet of the aristocracy,  eventually meeting with European travelers and were bred with poodles from France, Belgium and Germany. This match brought to the Havanese its many colors that are seen today.   During the Cuban Revolution the breed was nearly lost as the aristocracy fled the island, scattering their beloved little white companions. An American couple, the Goodales, found a remnant of Havanese in America and began a breeding program to bring us the Havanese that we know today. 

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