An intriguing coat colour is the one we call Havana Brown. Whether this is a variation of brindle or a pattern of its own has not been determined yet. That it causes confusion is the one thing we do know about it.
Some registries call this colour Black Brindle, but truly, they are not at all alike, either as puppies or as adults. Black brindle is a stripey black on silver/cream giving a streaky look to an adult coat. Havana Brown is a tobacco brown appearance throughout. Puppies are born so dark as to appear almost black, though many have definite hints of red in the coat. There is no visible streaking or striping. As the dog matures, the coat turns to assorted shades of tobacco brown. The colour development is similar to that seen in silvers, but the coat turns tobacco brown rather than charcoal or silver. In other breeds, dogs of similar colouring are called Seal. It may be that an unidentified colour filter is at work, or a modifier that allows red to be partially expressed on a black coat. There are theories, but geneticists have not yet positively identified what causes this colour, so, for now, this intriguing colour remains an enigma.
Havana Brown dogs can exhibit many shades from dusty brown to deep reddish off-black. The colour is not uniform; there may be darker shadings of colour, especially on the upper half of the body on the head, ruff, and tail. In some cases, as first glance, Havana browns can appear chocolate. The determinant factor to tell the difference is to look at the pigment. A Havana brown dog has black pigment while the chocolate dog has liver pigment.
Xcusador from A Maiden Effort in Holland
is a deep Havana Brown, not chocolate.
His nose and pigment are black.
In Sweden, beautiful Facklans Jänta, owned by Marie Levin and Helena Olofsson, is registered black with white markings as per birth colour. Jänta has matured to dark tobacco.
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Coal, owned by Penny Will of kennel Havana Canada is a multi-shaded tobacco brown colour. Pigment on eyerims, nose and lips is black.
A different look at Jänta showing her varied shadings of colour. Her breeder says that by 10 weeks of age, it was very obvious that Jänta was not going to be black; she is Havana Brown.
Yola, owned by Fabienne Ernst of Belgium, was born black with red highlights. As an adult she is deep dark reddish brown all over.
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