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GALLERY 3

Black, Charcoal, Silver

Pure black is the deepest darkest colour. Glossy jet black. The expression of black can be modified by an assortment of genes. Here we see what happens when the silvering gene affects black. The addition of one copy of the silvering gene leads to dark silver or charcoal and two copies of the silvering gene leads to medium to light silver. Variations of shading are dependent on the age of the dog and the current stage of colour change as well as the effects of other modifying genes. Silvering starts at the muzzle, face, feet and legs. Silvering can take 12 to 18 months or longer to develop. Although all the dogs on this page were black at birth, their look as adults may be significantly different.

Dark silver/charcoal is sometimes referred to as Blue. Genetically, the term blue is a dilute black colour and not caused by the silvering gene. The name blue still persists for both the black dog that turns dark silver/blue grey (like the Kerry Blue Terrier) as well as the dilute dog that is born blue. See the dilute colour gallery for photos and more information about this.

BLACK

Black
Koko is a dapper little gentleman bred by Elfin Havanese. If he carries no modifying genes, the black will stay deep glossy jet black.

CHARCOAL / DARK SILVER

Charcoal/Dark silver
From Elfin kennel, comes Brody,
delightful pet of the Schneeweiss family.

SILVER

Sable
Quigley, beloved pet of the Huntingtons, was dark when he was young, but by 10 months he has silvered to a lovely smoky grey.


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BLACK

Black
A real charmer, Havanastar is bred by and lives with his family at My Charming Havanese kennel in Germany.

CHARCOAL / DARK SILVER

Charcoal, dark silver/
Brutus is as sweet as can be, from
Noblegold kennel in the USA.

SILVER

Silver
Patty and Doug are enchanted with Poppy. At six weeks old, she already has very noticeable silver roots on her face; more change is yet to come.

BLACK WITH WHITE TRIM

Black with white trim
A fringe of white on chin, chest and feet add a touch of contrast. Sofi is from Tequilaville kennel in Sweden.

CHARCOAL / DARK SILVER

Charcoal, dark silver
Pretty little Evita comes all the way from
Flisans kennel in Sweden.

SILVER

silver
A bold and lively delight from sunny Arizona, Sassy is bred by R-Gang Havanese and owned by Triple H kennel.


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