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Havanese: Everything You Need to Know

Havanese are Cuba’s national breed dogs. They are so affectionate and playful that people love to have them. Generally, Havanese are small size breed dogs. But they have such long and soft coats that make them look adorable.

So, you might be thinking of having a Havanese in your house. But you have to know about their temperament, personality, and other details before owning them.

Havanese dogs are known for being excellent house dogs. They are obedient and loyal to their owners. Moreover, Havanese dog’s loyalty makes them good guard dogs. They are also protective of their owners and family members.

Generally, Havanese is easy to train. So, they are good for first-time dog owners. Moreover, they are good with children and other animals too. Havanese are smart and intelligent. So, they can learn and show many tricks and plays.

Havanese are excellent pet dogs. They are affectionate to people. Besides, Havanese can be a good company because they are playful and adorable. So, if you want to have an excellent house dog, you can choose a Havanese without hesitation.

Physical features of Havanese dogs

Havanese are considered small dogs. The average height of a grown Havanese is 8.5 to 11.5 inches. Generally, Havanese dogs’ height increases with age. They get their full size after 8 months old. But they require at least 1 year to mature.

The average weight of a Havanese dog is 13 pounds. This weight can be a little less or more according to their age and height. The Havanese has a soft and silky coat that can have many color variations.

Taking care of Havanese dog’s hair

Generally, Havanese dogs need more frequent hair care and grooming than most other breed dogs. They don’t require a daily bath but you need to brush their hair 2 to 3 times a week. Moreover, Havanese dogs require washing their hair every one to two weeks.

When brushing Havanese hair, use a soft brush and brush gently. Never brush the dry hair of the Havanese. After brushing, you can use a hydrating mist on the Havanese hair. Besides, dry the Havanese dog’s hair well after every wash.

Are Havanese hypoallergenic?

Havanese are hypoallergenic most times. Hypoallergenic means a product or substance that causes you a less allergic reaction. Each dog has at least a minimum amount of allergies. So, theoretically, there is no completely hypoallergenic dog.

The common cause for the Havanese being hypoallergenic is that the Havanese have a low shedding coat. But Havanese are not completely hypoallergenic. Whether Havanese will cause you allergy or not, isn’t completely guaranteed.

Havanese might have the “atopy” that is an allergic problem. So, they might spread this allergy. So, Havanese are more hypoallergenic than most dogs but they are not completely hypoallergenic.

Havanese dog’s training & exercise

Havanese are small and medium-energy dogs. They don’t require excessive exercise. But they need regular exercise for their better growth. 60 minutes of walking is enough for an adult Havanese. You can also take them for several short walks throughout the day.

Moreover, Havanese dogs can walk up to 7 miles a day. If you train the Havanese well, they can increase their energy and efficiency of exercise. But you must not over-exercise them. If you keep the Havanese active by physical activities, let them play indoor and outdoor games.

Temperament of Havanese dogs

Havanese are so affectionate that you are bound to give them attention. These small breed dogs are playful and active. Havanese are excellent house dogs for their good companionship with humans.

Generally, Havanese are loyal and protective of their owners and family members. This protective behavior makes the Havanese a good guard dog. Moreover, Havanese are not aggressive. They are pretty gentle.

They are even good with children and other dogs. They love to be with people. Besides, they can be smart and intelligent if you train them. Havanese is easy to train. So, you can train the Havanese good for your house and specific tasks.

Feeding a Havanese

Generally, an adult and healthy Havanese should eat two meals per day. But these meals should have at least 200 calories. Two meals per day doesn’t mean that you can’t give other foods. You can give your Havanese treats and snacks throughout the day.

If the Havanese is a puppy, he requires more short meals per day. You can feed the Havanese puppy three to four times a day. But sometimes the Havanese can be fussy eaters. So, train your Havanese to eat whatever is good for him.

Moreover, Havanese can be picky eaters also. You can make a chart of foods that your Havanese likes and also good for him.

Taking Care of a Havanese

Havanese are a true companion of yours. So, if you have a Havanese, you need to take care of him properly. Here are some tips that you can follow to take care of your Havanese.

  • Make a routine for your Havanese so that you can take care of him timely and properly.
  • Crate train your Havanese and train him to sleep separately at night; this will make the Havanese comfortable sleeping.
  • Feed the Havanese timely with a sufficient amount of calories.
  • Take your Havanese for regular exercise or walks.
  • Groom the Havanese regularly and clean him whenever he gets dirty.
  • Train your Havanese socialization so that he might not get aggressive often.
  • Give your Havanese quality time and take him to the vet for regular check-ups.

Grooming a Havanese

Havanese have soft and long coats. So, they need regular grooming. Havanese requires two to three times brushing per week. Moreover, they need a bath every week. When it comes to professional grooming, you can groom your Havanese every month.

But when you want to give your Havanese puppy his first grooming, you need to groom him before 16 weeks. So, after 12 weeks, you can groom your Havanese puppy regularly.

Havanese dog health

Generally, Havanese are active and healthy dogs. But like the other dogs, Havanese can face some health issues. They are more likely to get allergies and infections.

Moreover, some other diseases like Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, dental problems, luxating patellas, eye problems, deafness, hypothyroidism, etc., can affect the Havanese.

Some of these diseases can be prevented by vaccination. But some skin problems might affect badly on the Havanese.

Sometimes, Havanese can suffer from heart and kidney diseases. Most diseases can be cured if you consult with the vet timely. But some health problems might be severe on the Havanese.

Price of Havanese puppies

Havanese puppies are available from $700 to $3000. Even some breeders can demand more than $3000. How much a Havanese puppy costs depends on the breeder, the breeding quality, geographical locations, etc.

But the average price of a Havanese puppy is between $1000 and $1500. You can easily find a Havanese puppy within $1500.

Havanese are great breed dogs. They will keep you entertained with their adorable appearance and playful nature. If you want to own a Havanese, you need to know about their temperament, food habits, exercise, health, etc.

Havanese are good house dogs. So, you can take the Havanese as your companion without hesitation.