The long, silky, wavy coat is practically non-shedding.
The Havanese is trainable and intelligent and possesses a naturally affectionate temperament, which making the breed an ideal family pet. Although a toy dog, they remain energetic and require some form of daily exercise. The breed's non-shedding coat makes it suitable for allergy sufferers, but regular grooming is necessary to keep the coat in top condition.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Havanese is a medium breed and has a lifespan of 14 to 16 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Weekly brushing and combing and the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Their small but sturdy bodies, adaptable nature, and easy way with people make Havanese perfect city dogs. Not that Havanese need a city to be happy. They’re thrilled to be anyplace where they can be the center of attention for their lucky humans. Havanese are smart, trainable, and natural clowns—in fact, some have worked in circuses. But the breed isn’t all fun and games. Havanese are excellent watchdogs and take the job seriously, but normally won’t annoy you with a lot of yapping.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease, patellar luxation and congenital deafness. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Havanese are healthy dogs. To make sure that your puppy is healthy, schedule a veterinary exam as soon as you get him home. The vet will conduct a physical exam and will review the vaccination and health information provided by your breeder.
Your breeder should provide you with information regarding the health status of your puppy’s parents. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Havanese can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.