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Havanese Dog Breed

Updated on January 29, 2014

Is the Havanese puppy right for you and your home?

Too cute!!!!!

When bringing home a new pet into any home, one should consider all things Havanese in order to be sure that all members of the family, human and animal creatures, can exist in harmonious cohabitation.

Is the Havanese the right breed for you? Keep reading! :)

There are many things to consider when bringing a Havanese home, yet if I were to synopsize, this breed would be right for you if you have the energy to match this little bundle of spunkiness yet also have the time and understanding that this breed of dog will need your companionship and attention so shouldn√Ęt be left alone for extended periods of time. Also, just being informed and willing to accept and work with this breed√Ęs proneness to certain health conditions, and considering its behavoiur and personality characteristics (separation anxiety, love of paper, potential for barking) is half the battle. In spite of his quirks, or maybe even because of them, the Havanese is a wonderful and versatile pet.

Proceeds from lens to Charity! - TLC Animal Shelter

TLC is a small independent shelter dedicated to rescuing stray, abused and unwanted dogs and cats.

The shelter is located just outside of Digby, Nova Scotia in a rural setting on one acre of land. The main building which houses cats' accommodation and indoor kennels for the dogs, and there are outside play areas and a large fenced area where the dogs can run freely. *My mom is from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. ;)

While the shelter provides a happy environment and the best of care, our hope for each of our rescued animals is that they will eventually find a loving home of their own.

To learn more about this animal shelter just click on the shelter picture. :)

Things to know about your Havanese...

Coat, Colour, Exercise and Feeding Needs:

Basic Information about the Havanese breed:

Height: 8 inches to 11 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight: 7 to 13 pounds

Life Span: 12 to 15 years

Coat & Colour:

This new pet's coat can be thick but silky soft yet the Havanese does not shed very easily. Its coat is long and can range from straight to curly and it comes in a myriad of colours such as white, black, tan, sable and grey. It might be wise with the Havanese breed to maintain the coat short as this makes it easier to care for otherwise you should expect to do a lot of grooming. If you choose however, to keep your new pet's coat long, the coat will need daily brushing to prevent mats from forming, frequent baths to keep it clean and wise to keep the hair above the eyes tied up to prevent irritation.

Exercise Needs:

Do not let this breed's size fool you as the Havanese needs as much exercise and activity as a larger dog. This small breed has a good deal of energy to burn off. Surprisingly, this is not an outdoor dog; the Havanese are inside dogs and they may need some coaxing to get outdoors, thus, making them ideal apartment "city life" dogs. Important to remember is this breed's potential for separation anxiety, thus, this breed isn't suited for life in the backyard as he is most content while in the company of his family.

Feeding Needs:

Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.Keep your Havanese in good shape by measuring his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time. How much your adult dog consumes is dependent on size, age, build, metabolism and amount of exercise. Just as people, it goes without saying that a highly active dog will need more nutritional replacement than a couch potato dog or person. Important to note, is that the quality of dog food you purchase is significant as the better the dog food, the healthier and better nourished your breed will be and the less frequent trips you will be making to your dog's food bowl. *Note: If you're uncertain about the proper weight for your breed. do the eye and hands-on test. First, look at him and you should see a waist. Then place your hands on his back, thumbs along the spine, with the fingers spread downward. You should be able to feel but not see his ribs without having to press hard. If you can't, he requires less food and more activity.

*FYI: President's Choice has a wonderful array of NON-GMO pet food products, copy and paste this link OR simply click on the cute Havanese puppy to find out more about these products!

For your listening pleasure, some of my current faves... - Heck, it may even calm down your new Havanese...and you too! lol :)

I just thought I'd share some of my favourite tunes...I love music! :) Enjoy!

Josh and Bruno are on Tour!! :)

"You are Loved"-Awake Live

In The Round Tour, Toronto, Oct, 2013. "To Where You Are"

"Brave". Official Music Video.

"Treasure". Bruno Mars.

"Locked out of Heaven". Bruno Mars.

"February Song". Josh Groban. One of my very fave songs by him. :)

"Just The Way You Are." Bruno Mars.

What you should know about the Havanese

Diseases Havanese are prone to...

Generally, Havanese are healthy, but like all breeds, they're prone to certain health conditions. Not all Havanese will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed of dog.

The list may look long however, like I said, all dog breeds are prone to this disease and that condition, but it doesn't necessarily mean it occurs, it is just good to be informed.

Some diseases the Havanese are prone to:

Hip Dysplasia: This is a degenerative disease that is found in many breeds of dogs. Treatments include medication, weight loss if the dog is overweight, nutritional supplements, and surgery.

Elbow Dysplasia: Elbow dysplasia is also a degenerative disease that affects the elbow joint and can vary in severity; some dogs only develop a little stiffness, others become lame. The treatment is surgery, weight management, and medication.

Chondrodysplasia: This is a genetic disorder whereby a dog can have abnormally short limbs.This can range in severity from nearly normal to crippling.

Legg-Perthes Disease: Legg-perthes causes a deformity of the hip joint ball causing arthritis or inflammation of the hip joint. Treatment includes rest, physical therapy, or surgery.

Cataracts: The affected eye has a cloudy appearance. It is an inherited disease and usually occurs with old age, but can occur at any age and treated with surgery.

Deafness: Some forms hearing loss can be treated with medication and surgery, but deafness usually cannot be cured.

Patellar Luxation: Also known as a "trick knee," is a common problem in small dogs. Treatment for patellar luxation is usually surgery.

Portosystemic Shunt: When this is evident, toxins that are normally removed by the liver are circulated through the body leading to other diseases and symptoms include poor balance, loss of appetite, lethargy, blindness, depression, weakness, seizures, disorientation, and coma. A change in diet and surgery can help treat the problem.

Heart Murmur: Heart murmurs are an indicator of disease; treatment is necessary, which can include medication, special diet, and exercise restrictions.

Mitral Valve Insufficiency: More commonly seen in older dogs which can cause heart failure. Treatment includes medication, change of diet, and exercise restrictions.

How cute are these Havanese puppies?!! - Very cute!! :)

They love to bark! ;)

Cute as can be though! ;)

Do you have a favourite breed of dog? :) - Is it the Havanese dog breed?!! ;)

If I haven't listed your favourite breed of dog, please leave me a comment and share with me! Thanx! :)

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Great training information for your new puppy: - Havanese dog breed or not...

What else to consider with your new Havanese?

For your Havanese or any dog breed...

Well, let's just end this article on a happy note! :)

When considering ANY pet, it is always a good idea to be informed of what all characteristics of breed you are considering to bring home and that is, life span, feeding and exercise needs, maintenance of the breed and of course, health conditions that the breed is prone to.

Also, it is a wise idea to consider your environment such as if there are other pets in the home, children, and the environment itself such as if the breed you are considering requires a yard to run and play in.

All things considered, then, in the end, if you have done your research and feel comfortable with all you know, then the transition of bringing your new pet, or Havanese, will be all the smoother for all of you!

Thanx for stopping by...and if you are considering the Havanese dog breed, may I wish you a long and happy life together! Woof woof!! :)

Proceeds to TLC Animal Shelter! - So BUY BUY BUY!!! :)

If WE are what we eat, then so are our pets! There are healthy, non-GMO pet food products out there (President's Choice even has one in No Frills grocery stores in Ontario!) let's keep our pets healthy and GMO-free too! :)

Toys and chews for your new Havanese... - Cuz you now know they love the toilet paper roll!!

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      RonandKaren 4 years ago

      @razelle09: Yes they are cute! Well, if you are wondering if you could have one of your own, I think you are reading the perfect lens to help decide that!! teehee ;) Thanx for stopping by and be sure to vote for your fave dog...but hmm, I'm thinking it may be the Havanese?!!! ;)

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      razelle09 4 years ago

      they're so cute, i'm wondering if i could have one on my own

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      RonandKaren 4 years ago

      @shellys-space: Adorable! Thanx for coming by! Karen :) p.s. I hope you voted for your fave breed too!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Awww...the Havanese dogs are so cute!

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      RonandKaren 4 years ago

      @RonandKaren: And thanx for liking the lens! I really appreciate it! Karen :) I'll be sure to take a look at your lens very soon! That's a promise! :)

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      RonandKaren 4 years ago

      @takkhisa: Very cute! :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      This is a cute and smart dog breed :)

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      RonandKaren 4 years ago

      @RonandKaren: p.s. please add your vote, I added the Bulldog! :)

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      RonandKaren 4 years ago

      @OhMe: OH thanx for kindly reminding me about the bulldog! :) Yes, they are precious aren't they?! Thanx so much for stopping by and if you can, please help out the charitable recipient, TLC Animal Shelter by purchasing the many products listed! Thanx again, Karen :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My favorite breed is the bulldog and we have a great one named Bruno. The Havanese are precious.

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      RonandKaren 4 years ago

      @RonandKaren: p.s. ok "crazy" cat lady...hey, what's wrong with walking a cat on a leash anyway...they have four legs!! lol :P

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      RonandKaren 4 years ago

      @Motionmaker: Thanx for the squidlike! Yes, they are cute aren't they? I am known as a "cat woman" but I could be swayed to have one of these little cuties (with a Golden Retriever, my fave dog in the whole wide world!) ;) Thanx again!

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      Motionmaker 4 years ago

      Great article! These Havanese dogs are cute!


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