Questions and Answers
or better yet, the naked truth.....
Are havanese hard to housebreak? This
is a tricky question. They are a toy breed with a tiny bladder so
they do need to empty it more frequently than a larger dog and it may
take longer to be able to completely housebreak them. I've
found that when I do have difficulties housebreaking a dog it's
generally because I've become lazy about taking him/her outside.
I've found setting a timer or an alarm to remind me extremely helpful.
Are havanese really hypoallergenic? Do they shed? All
animals shed. With some dogs their fur simply falls to the floor
or the furniture or on your clothes. With others, instead of it
falling out of the coat, it stays loose in the coat until it's removed
by combing or brushing. So while a havanese technically sheds, it has
to be removed. People that have allergies to dogs need
to be careful and not assume any dog is hypoallergenic. They
should spend time with a havanese before making that determination but
seen numerous individuals with dog allergies never have a reaction to a
I've heard females make better pets. Any truth to that? Nope,
none. Don't get me wrong, I love all my dogs but if the truth be told
I'd have a house full of boys. My girls are truly wonderful but
my boys have that extra touch of sweetness. I can't speak for the other
breeders in the havanese world but it was explained like this... the
girls love you, the boys are in love with you.
Do all havanese love kids? Not
necessarily..... that's a generality. Just as some adore kids and have
high energy levels there are some who are more laid back and are
content to be lap dogs, hanging out with the adults. Some havanese love to give kisses and
others wouldn't grace you with a smooch. A good breeder should be able
to help you when chosing your puppy. That's why
they ask questions about your home life and what you're looking for in
a havanese and a great reason for getting your puppy from a responsible breeder.
My havanese is a picky eater. What can I do?
It's hard when that adorable dog won't eat. You're thinking the poor
thing will starve. Nope. That's not going to happen. You probably won't
like my answer but keep in mind I have a lot of dogs and they all eat
all their food, everyday. Pick a high quality food and stick with it
for a while. Don't keep changing dogfoods because your dog isn't
eating it. If you do, your dog is training you instead of the other
way around. Most importantly, don't leave food available all the time.
Put the food down and leave it for a short while, maybe 30 minutes.
Pick up the bowl and don't put it back down again until it's time to
eat again. Within a few days your dog will figure out he needs to eat
when you tell him it's time. And honestly, some havanese just don't eat
alot and will continually frustrate you.
Are round eyes correct on a havanese? No,
the AKC havanese standard expressly calls for almond shaped eyes. That
brings up our mentioning elsewhere on this site, breeding dogs using
it's AKC breed standard as a guide.
Let's make the assumption that you are buying a havanese because you
like the way it looks. We know that when havanese eyes become round, the muzzle tends to get shorter.
Within a few generations (which can be as short a span as 4 yrs) of
breeding round eyed dogs with shorter muzzles, the dogs begin to no
longer resembles a havanese and it then becomes a
conformation issue. These types of problems are generally found in
back-yard breeders and puppy mills......people that are out to make
money, with no regard for the breed. It's a problem with all breeds of
dogs. Breeders who show their dogs tend to be the most concerned that
the dogs they breed actually look like they should.
Having a litter of puppies sounds like fun. Is it? It's
definitely not as simple as it appears. To
us, the joys do tend to outweigh the heartbreaks, the stress and the
work or we wouldn't be doing this. It's not an easy job and to do it
correctly takes a lot of time. With a litter [that are all blessfully born
with no difficulties] life revolves around the puppies
and it's a 24 hour, 7 days a week job. There are times where we might
miss an important event or vacation because we don't feel comfortable leaving
the puppies for more than a few hours. As they get older our work
increases. The clean up increases. The socializing
increases. The weaning process is started and then, when mom is through nursing,
feeding them becomes an important role. The vet visits begin, which means
unsure, sometimes crying puppies learning how to ride in cars and the
inevitable carsickness. Their noise increases. Everything increases.
Our homes become puppy central. Add in, all the
time spent finding the perfect homes and answering email inquiries that
may or may not lead to that perfect home. Puppy buyers can be total
unaware or thoughtless of the amount of time we spend with each one of
them, answering their questions only to suddenly, never hear from them
again. Top it all off with having strangers come into your home. But
in the end, being witness to a puppy's discovery of life
is awe-inspiring. We do it for the joy.
What is a short-haired havanese? Can I find someone who breeds them?
A short-haired havanese is a dog that somehow didn't get the correct
coat gene and does not have the long silky coat. These dogs,
posing no known health risks, do shed. Some of them are adorable. They
are not being intentionally bred as they are not considered correct by
any havanese standard anywhere in the world. The long, silky,
havanese coat is part of it's overall charm. A havanese without
it's coat is like a poodle with straight hair or a daschund with long
legs....it's still a havanese but yet, something's not quite right.
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