The Havanese is a companion dog that thrives on being with his family.
The long silky coat of the Havanese is beautiful, the coat requires regular brushing, combing and care. Many owners prefer to clip it short. If you want to show your dog you will have to let it grow long and invest time each day (or every other day) grooming the coat. (personally I spend about 10 minutes each day combing the coat).
The long coat protects the Havanese from the heat/sun and keeps him cool. The coat does not protect from the cold. The Havanese does well in all types of housing from apartments to homes with large yards. He may bark when he sees someone passing by your house or when he hears strange noises. The good news is that he does not bark just to hear himself bark.
The Havanese loves to watch the world from up high, and will find his way onto backs of sofas to watch the day pass by.
Paper is a favourite toy and this clever little breed will go out of its way to find it. You will need to keep this in mind when puppy proofing your home.
The Havanese does not need as much exercise as a large dog. A good walk or an active game each day should do it.
To get a healthy dog never buy from an irresponsible breeder, puppy mill or pet store. Look for a responsible breeder who tests her breeding dogs to make sure they are free of genetic diseases that they may pass onto their offspring, that they have sound temperaments. According to The Havanese Fanciers of Canada, the Havanese Health Testing prior to breeding is eyes and patellas. Here at DelSol we also do OFA Cardiac, some of our breeding dogs have their BAER hearing test done as well. We have started to test for Legge Claves Perth Disease, hips and Thyroid.
Like every dog, the Havanese needs early socialization. Exposure to many different people, sights, sounds and experiences when they are young. Socialization helps ensure that your Havanese puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog. Enrolling in a puppy socialization class is paramount to this end. We at DelSol keep up our end of this socialization by raising our puppies using "Puppy Culture" www.puppyculture.com
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