Havanese Personality traits and Temperament
They are excellent family dogs with a great sense of humour and the tendency to goof around so that they may get a few laughs. They have a light springy gait which a lot of people find amusing. Havanese love to be the centre of attention and they should not be left alone for too long. They love to chomp on paper so owners must never leave magazines or books within their reach. They make excellent apartment dogs but are poor outdoor dogs and should never be house outside. They are medium energy dogs who can be either seen running around the house frantically or peacefully settled in your lap.
They love to be around children and make great playmates for them. But because of their small delicate frame, these dogs could get hurt easily and so children must be taught how to handle them. They are very friendly to other pets in the house and can be socialised with them very easily.
They are very alert and always announce the presence of strangers. Unlike other toy breeds he is not yappy and can adjust his temperament to match your moods. They are also very agile and are capable of learning tricks fact which they will often perform to amuse the family and earn adulations.
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
The Havanese has a double coat that can be silky or fluffy and it does not shed easily. They can be kept in a full coat or the coat can be trimmed for easy maintenance. They need regular brushing and grooming to prevent matting and tangling of the coat. A weekly bath is needed. Use a high quality mild shampoo for bathing. Always dry the coat well after bathing or it can develop a bad odour. Services of a professional groomer would be needed regularly.
They are prone to tear stains and these stains must be cleaned regularly. They are prone to dental problems and teeth must be brushed 2-3 times weekly. Nails must be trimmed monthly or when they are long enough.
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $700 – $1100
Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 13 – 15 YEARS
Weight: 7 – 13 pounds
Height: 8-11 inches
Colors: Fawn, Mahogany, Black, White, Tobacco, Havana Brown
How to Train this dog
Because these are generally good natured dogs training them is very easy. They are very intelligent and learn commands easily. Obedience training is a must for these dogs. Havanese is not always easy to housetrain, but consistency and strict supervision will bear results. Crate training is a must. Avoid giving them too much freedom to roam the house too soon.
Health Issues and Food
Diet: Keep these in good shape by measuring his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time. A good quality dry food or balanced home cooked meals are recommended.
Health problems: Prone to skeletal problems like patellar luxation, Legg-Perthes disease, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia and osteochondrodysplasia. Other problems include deafness and cataracts.
Poovanese It is a cross between the Havanese and the Poodle. They have some other names as Havapoo/ Island Mini Doodle/Havanoodle. They are easy to train and quick in learning either basic or advanced commands.
Havamalt is a hybrid dog and a mix of Havanese and Maltese. They have a long haired coat and required heavy grooming. They are known as none shedding and hypo-allergic.
Havachin is a cross between a Havanese and a Japanese Chin. These dogs are intelligent, alert, social, loyal, responsive and cheerful.
Best female and male dog names
You can name your Havanese as Rusty or Gyro if he is a male and Bambi or Toodles if she is a female.
How to adopt this dog
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Pictures and Videos
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