The coat appears black at birth. The colour lightens to varying shades of platinum, silver, pewter or charcoal as the dog matures. Final colour may display blended shadings of silver.
Where the colour change begins shortly after birth and is very obvious by 6-8 weeks of age, puppies may be registered as silver. For other Havanese, where there is no noticeable early change, the puppies will be registered as black as that is the dominant colour at the time of registration.
One of the first places to notice the colour clearing is in the face. The coat will gradually change to varying shades of silver. Some dogs will end up light silver, and others medium silver or darker charcoal. It can take a year or longer for the colour change to be complete. The eyerims, lips and nose are black.