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GALLERY 12 - Dilute

These colours are the product of the dilution gene which affects the coat colour as well as eye and nose colour. It dilutes all of the colour all over the dog, resulting in a puppy that is a dilute colour right from birth that also has lighter self-coloured pigment and light eyes. Dilution is a recessive gene so the dilute expression is only expressed when a dog carries two copies of the gene.

The dilution gene is different than the silvering gene that produces Silver. See the definitions pages for more information on this. The dilution gene is the same as what is seen in the Weimaraner (Weimaraner blue being dilute black and Weimaraner grey being dilute chocolate). The dilution gene can vary in degree, making some dogs lighter than others. Dilute colours in other breeds are named Pearl, Isabella, Mouse, Lavender and Lilac among other names.

The blue Havanese puppy is a diluted black. It is born silvery blue with gray/blue/soft-black pigment and greyish hazel, blue or grey eyes. Most will have been registered as Silver. The Dilute Chocolate, sometimes called Cafe-au-lait (in reference to its colour) is born a milky coffee colour or silvery bronze with light rose-brown pigment and yellow/amber or hazel eyes. Some refer to them as White Chocolates (like the light chocolate candy) or Chocolate Creams. Most will be registered as chocolates although some may be registered as cream.

Point of note: Colour dilution occurs naturally but is not recognized in all registries. Some countries allow dilute dogs to be shown, others do not. In certain other dog breeds, the dilution gene has been associated with specific health disorders. It is not currently known if colour dilution in Havanese may be associated with any health or other issues. To date, nothing has been positively identified.

DILUTE CHOCOLATE

dilute Chocolate
Dreamer was born a creamy beige colour with pale coffee coloured markings. Eyes are light, pigment is rosy brown. Photo by Bedo Havs.

BLUE (dilute)

Blue
El Greis was born a soft bluish colour with a distinct silver sheen, the tips of his coat frosted in pale silver. Obviously unique, but too early to tell how the colour would develop.

BLUE SABLE IRISH PIED

blue sable irish pied /
From Jubo-lee Havanese, this puppy was born a silvery blue colour with Irish Pied markings. The pigment developed to a dusty grey.


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DILUTE CHOCOLATE

Dilute Chocolate
A pair of dilute chocolates born from a
chocolate to chocolate breeding. Photo submitted by Jennifer Noblitt.

BLUE (dilute)

chocolate and tan
By 7 weeks of age, it is determined that El Greis
is definitely a blue (dilute black). His pigment is
a soft dusty charcoal and his eyes are slate
blue grey.

BLUE SABLE IRISH PIED

blue sable Irish Pied
Would you have guessed this is the same puppy? The colour took an unusual turn with a reddish phase around 5 weeks of age.

DILUTE CHOCOLATE

dilute chocolate
Creamy coloured puppy with subtle coloured shadings. Eyes are amber and pigment is rosy brown. Photo submitted by Donna Nickel.

BLUE (dilute)

Blue (dilute)
As he matures, the eyes take on a muted caramel tone and the coat settles to medium slate blue. Pigment remains dark charcoal grey. Photos from Ahavapicaro.

BLUE SABLE IRISH PIED

blue sable irish pied
Dorie from Jubo-lee Havanese is the Dam
of the blue sable puppy at the left. It will look much like Mom when all grown up.


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