Frequently Asked Questions
Consider going to your local shelter. There are 15 to 25 million dogs and cats killed in the USA and Canada every single year. These are great animals. They deserve to have great homes. We should all strive to be great enough to deserve them.
If you do not find the dog you want or you are looking for a specific breed or trades in a dog, then look for quality breeders. Search the web for any breed and contact any of the representatives and talk to the breeders of the breed you are interested in. Ask them for the names of the breeders that they would recommend. And ask them what genetic testing and medical certifications should be done for that breed.
DO NOT, under any circumstances, buy a dog in a pet store. Research establishes that 98% of the dogs in pet stores come from what we consider to be puppy-mills. You are not saving that puppy, you are sentencing it's parents to lives of misery and the pet store will only get more to replace the ones sold.
If you think you are getting a good deal on the price of a specific breed compare to another respectable breeder, then you are not getting a good deal at all.
Havanese are part of the Bichon canine family, but are a distinct breed. Havanese come in all colours and combinations of colours.
Havanese are from the toy family and range anywhere from 8 to 13 pounds.
No. Pure-bred Havanese can only be purchased from breeders. They are a rare breed and the total population in the U.S. is only around 4,000.
No, Havanese are Hypoallergenic they are non-shedding dogs.
No. Although most people prefer to have their Havanese groomed professionally.
Usually every two or three months. However, it is essential to brush their coats two to four times a week. Also, regular eye, ear, and teeth care is required. Nails need to be trimmed every couple of weeks.
At night, the best thing to do is keep your young puppy in his baby crate next to your bed so he/she can see you at all times. If he fusses at night, you can slip your fingers into the crate to reasure him you're still there. If he continues to fuss, he probably needs to go potty. You cannot expect a young puppy to 'hold it' all night long, so expect to get up with him for outside potty breaks once or twice a night for the first few weeks. Once he can hold it all night for several weeks, he can remain in his crate for bedtime, or he can then join you in your bed at night. During the day, when your puppy cannot be supervised, it's beneficial to invest in a puppy x-pen. Put his open crate in the pen along with his toys, potty pads or litter tray and his water. This gives him enough room to move around but to also go into his crate if he wants to, for a nap. Never let your puppy roam the house unattended. Young puppies can and will chew phone cords, or electrical cords not to mention the furniture! While Havanese are not destructive dogs and generally don't chew alot of things up, they do seem to like cords! So please keep your puppy safe at all times.
All reputable breeders will sell their pet puppies on a spay/neuter agreement or get the pups spayed and neutered before placing them. This is to protect the puppy and the breed itself. There is much to learn before embarking on breeding dogs. It's so much more than just putting two dogs together to make puppies. It's important to know your pedigrees and lines, to health test (which is very expensive). Most importantly, there are some serious health issues to learn and know about which the average owner and back yard breeder may not take seriously before breeding, or even understand. You will not make lots of money breeding dogs, contrary to popular belief, if you do it 'right' by showing the dogs conformation events, health testing dogs and puppies and providing a good guarantee to new owners. Once you bring a litter of puppies into the world, you, the breeder are responsible for them for their entire lifetime in many ways.
Both males and females make wonderful companions and family members but there seems to be something extra special about the males. The best way I can describe it is: "My girls love me, but my boys are IN love with me!" The girls will give me a kiss and lay next to me, where as the boys love to be in my face and lay partly on my lap to touch me and look lovingly into my eyes. They are so mushy! LOL
Havanese are extremely sociable and seem to like almost every one. They are exceptionally good with children even when not raised with children in the house. However, it is a good idea to supervise any situation where dogs and young or unfamiliar children are together.
No. Actually, Havanese are a very good small breed for families with children. They are a sturdy dog, similar to a small terrier, and lack none of the terrier's hard stamina. In fact, a Havanese may be a better choice than some of the more fragile small breeds.
Havanese were bred as companion animals. They love to be a part of the family. As well as conformation showing, several Havanese owners compete with their dogs in obedience and agility trials. Havanese are quick to learn tricks and love showing off to friends and family.
No. They'll alert you when someone is at your door and to strange noises outside your home. Otherwise, they are quiet. Although, some Havanese are more "vocal" than others.
Havs have been lovingly referred to many times as a "velcro dog". Whatever room you are in, that's where they'll want to be too. They do not do well being left alone for long periods of time. And housebreaking then becomes a huge issue, as no one is home to train them. A Havanese cannot be an outside animal and must be allowed to live inside the house with it's family. If there is no one home at your house all week during the day, think how unfair this would be to a new puppy and an adult dog that doesn't like being alone in the first place. If you have another dog in the home to keep your Havanese company when you are away for long periods, this can help reduce their stress a great deal. But keep in mind that Havanese are like little kids. They demand alot of time and attention.