The Havanese comes with a variety of eight coat markings and twenty-five coat colors; however, only sixteen of those colors are accepted as standard by the AKC.
Native to Cuba, the Havanese stand between nine and ten and a half inches tall and weighs around twelve to fourteen pounds. This small and social pup is easily trainable and happiest in human or canine company. Although relatively low maintenance, the Havanese has a silky coat that requires daily brushing to remain mat-free.
The Twenty-Five Havanese Coat Colors
The Havanese comes in a variety of twenty-five coat colors – sixteen standard and nine non-standard colors.
The Sixteen Standard Havanese Colors
- Black and tan
- Black and silver
- Black brindle
- Gold sable
- Gold Brindle
- Silver brindle
- Red sable
- Red brindle
The solid black Havanese coat is a glossy black with no brown or red tint. The black Havanese coat does not change color as the puppy ages.
Black and tan
The black and tan Havanese coat is solid black with tan points on the eyebrows, cheeks, muzzle, and underneath of the ears, legs, vent, and chest.
Black and silver
The black and silver Havanese coat is solid black with silver points on the eyebrows, cheeks, muzzle, underneath of the ears, legs, vent, and chest.
The black brindle Havanese coat is lighter (red, cream, or gold) with black splotches, stripes, or streaks.
The cream Havanese coat is ivory, almond, or cream color with yellowish undertones. Cream coats can be lighter or darker in color.
The fawn Havanese coat ranges in color from light brown to buff or tan.
The chocolate Havanese coat is a rich brown, and the eye rims, nose, and lips are liver-colored. The eyes are amber or brown.
The gold Havanese coat ranges from apricot to honey color with red highlights. The golden color may get more subtle as a dog ages but does not change drastically.
The golden sable Havanese coat is a golden color with darker tips on the hair.
The gold brindle Havanese coat is a golden color with black splotches, stripes, or streaks.
The silver Havanese coat is black when a puppy is firstborn, and within four to six weeks, the roots of the dog’s coat begin to turn silver. By twelve to fifteen months old, the dog’s coat will have transformed and can be anything from a deep grey color to pale platinum.
The silver brindle Havanese coat is silver in color with black splotches, stripes, or streaks.
The white Havanese coat is solid white from the day the puppy is born and has no markings or coloration anywhere on the skin.
The red Havanese coat ranges from orange-red to a rich mahogany color.
The red sable Havanese coat is an orange-red to rich mahogany color with darker tips on the hairs.
The red sable Havanese coat is an orange-red to rich mahogany color with black splotches, stripes, or streaks.
The Nine Non-Standard Havanese Colors
- Silver sable
- Chocolate sable
- Chocolate brindle
- Blue brindle
- Fawn sable
- Fawn brindle
- Black and silver brindle
- Black and tan brindle
The silver sable Havanese coat is silver in color with darker tips on the hair.
The chocolate sable Havanese coat is a rich brown color with darker tips on the hair.
The chocolate brindle Havanese coat is a rich brown color with black splotches, stripes, or streaks.
The blue Havanese coat is a dull black when a puppy is firstborn, and the skin turns a steely blue between six months to five years old.
The blue brindle Havanese coat is a steely blue with black splotches, stripes, or streaks.
The fawn sable Havanese coat is light brown to buff or tan with darker tips on the hairs.
The fawn brindle Havanese coat is light brown to buff or tan with black splotches, stripes, or streaks.
Black and silver brindle
The black and silver brindle has a mostly black coat with silver splotches, stripes, or streaks.
Black and tan brindle
The black and tan brindle has a predominantly black coat with tan splotches, stripes, or streaks.
The Havanese has eight accepted coat markings.
- White markings
- Silver markings
- Cream markings
- Tan points
- Silver points
- Parti Belton
- Irish pied
The Havanese can have white, silver, or cream markings, most often on the neck, chest, face, or paws.
Points are color highlights in specific places on the coat, including the eyebrows, cheeks, muzzle, and underneath of the ears, legs, vent, and chest.
Part markings are when a dog has a coat that is one or more colors plus white. Party also sometimes refers to a dog where more than fifty percent of the dog’s coat is white with irregular patches of colored fur.
Dogs with pied markings are dark on top and light or white on the bottom.
Conclusion / Summary
There is no doubt that the Havanese comes in a spectrum of colors, but if you are interested in AKC shows, the organization only recognizes sixteen colors. But, if you are looking for a pet and companion, any of the twenty-five coat colors is a beautiful choice!