What You Should Know about Havanese and Children

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For the most part, Havanese are good for families with young children. They are very affectionate, and your Havanese will thrive with the companionship and attention that a family provides. Havanese tend to expect that they’ll be part of a loving family, and they act like part of the family almost immediately.

But then again, it’s not always perfect every time. Here are some things you ought to know about your Havanese and your children:

  • Dogs are individual animals, so you can’t expect all dogs to act the same. If you want to know more about your dog’s temperament, you may want to take a look at the parent.. Temperaments tend to be inherited too.
  • Your Havanese needs to be trained, and part of that training is letting your dog know who is in charge.. In fact, they should consider your kids as higher up in the totem pole. This of course means that you should also teach your kids how to behave appropriately with your dog.
  • Since you need to train your kids too, this often means that a Havanese puppy and a very young child is not a good mix, especially when you leave them alone. You should always be near them so that you can prevent things form going wrong.

For example, it will really annoy your dog if your children keep on teasing the dog and pulling your dog’s tail. Very young kids may be kind-hearted, but they may accidentally drop your dog, and your dog will remember that. Such accidents won’t endear your kids to your dog.

  • Havanese pets, it must be pointed out, are generally friendly with kids. Your dog will enjoy the company of children, even if the child did not grow up with your dog. Your Havanese will delight in playing with your kids, and they are especially keen on doing tricks to get their attention. For most of your dog’s life, their sense of humor and playfulness will never disappear.
  • Havanese, however, are not literally tireless, even if they seem that way. Sometimes they want to just sleep and rest. For very young or untrained Havanese, children who disturb their rest or who try to pick them up when they are sleeping may be met by a growl.

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As a primary owner, your job is to make sure that your dog knows that this kind of growling is not tolerated. You need to discipline your dog by telling them NO and putting them on their backs when they do this sort of thing. This will reinforce the lesson nicely.

At the same time, you also have to teach your kids that sometimes dogs just need rest. They don’t have to worry that your Havanese won’t want to play with them anymore. When your dog gets enough rest, they will seek out your kids for some fun and games.

Havanese and children are a happy mix. Just make sure train your dog and your kids, and it’s going to be fun times for many years to come.

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10 Tips for Selecting a Havanese Breeder

You don’t just hire the first Havanese breeder you meet. After all, you’re ready to spend a lot of money to train your dog. It’s a considerable investment in both time and money, so you may as well invest some effort in the way you select a Havanese breeder.

So here are some tips you should follow so that you can actually find a good Havanese breeder:

  1. The best breeders tend to exhibit great passion and knowledge about the breed. They love their dogs, and they really make sure that they go to good homes. So you should expect to be grilled and to be asked to provide references. They won’t sell you a dog if they don’t think your home is suitable for a puppy or for the breed in general.

This means they’ll ask you about your lifestyle and how many hours you work. You’ll be asked about the other members of your household too, and you’ll also be asked about your plans and expectations for the puppy.

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On the other hand, they’ll answer all your questions gladly.

A good Havanese breeder will conduct—and show proof—that the following tests have been taken: BAER for hearing, the yearly CERF test for eyes, the OFA for hip dysplasia and elbows test done after two years of age, and the Patella and Cardiac tests done after the first year.

Health testing for this breed goes way beyond just taking them to the vet. You need to verify that the health tests are documented at http://www.offa.org.

 

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  1. A good Havanese breeder tends to specialize and breed just one dog breed. That’s because it’s hard enough to be an expert in one breed. Breeding more than one type of dog oftentimes doesn’t produce quality dogs.
  2. Their home is well-maintained and clean. You don’t really want to deal with a breeder who won’t allow you to visit their home, so you shouldn’t meet off-site.
  3. Knowledgeable Havanese breeders know that this is a very social breed. They really need to be with their human contacts, so they shouldn’t live outside or in kennels. A good breeder will also stress the importance of socialization should you get a puppy.
  4. Good breeders don’t advertise online or in newspaper classified ads. Yet despite this, they usually have waiting lists for their puppies.
  5. They have American Kennel Club (AKC) or Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) registered parents and pups. If they don’t, it’s not a good sign.
  6. They email you a copy of their standard puppy owner contract when you ask. This contract details the rights of the seller and buyer. It shows the health information and genetic health guarantees, and spells out the return policy.
  7. Good breeders are always available for questions even after you receive your dog.
  8.  A good Havanese breeder also asks you to return the dog (no questions asked) if you can’t care for your dog anymore.

 

 

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Facts About the Havanese Breed

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In this article we are going to look at the characteristics of the Havanese breed. This breed is popular around the world. Today the Havanese is the 25th most popular breed in the United States according to the AKC.

The havanese is a dog breed of the Bischon type. The cute Havanese is a Toy breed which is exceptionally well suited to a family with children. If you want a small dog that’s also easy-going, the Havanese may be right for you. Although mostly havanese is a good family dog, it is also trainable to do many things such as pick up a newspaper. The Havanese may be one of the easiest dogs to train due to its intelligence, but it still needs instruction. The Havanese can be a good watchdog but poor guard dog because of the small size. If your Havanese grows up around water, he or she can be a good swimmer.

Temperment

Havanese can be mildly stubborn and manipulative. Though peaceful and gentle with everyone (humans and other pets), the Havanese can be conservative with strangers. Strangely our Havanese like certain strangers and will lick them on the face even though she never will lick myself and my wife on the face (just on the hands). The Havanese is happy to cuddle beside you indoors. If you want a small dog that’s also easy-going, the Havanese may be right for you.

Care of Havanese

Havanese are generally a healthy breed. Although energetic, the Havanese can have her exercise needs met with a short walk or a good play session. The coat of a Havanese can be silky or wavy. A Havanese can be trained to use a litter box or go on a disposable mat, which can greatly reduce issues with housebreaking. The kneecaps of the Havanese can easily get knocked out of place, a condition known as “luxating patellas, although our own Havanese has never had a problem.

It should be noted that Havanese can live 15 years or longer, so an adult dog will still be a part of your family for a long time to come. But once it gets older, the Havanese may suffer from cataracts.

The skin of aging Havanese may become thinner and more fragile, with less strength and elasticity. Light-coated Havanese may get discoloured hair near the eyes and mouth.

Grooming:

Havanese grooming is an important part of owning one of these cute toy dogs.

Havanese grooming is not hard but there are important details that should be kept in mind.

Havanese can wear a topknot or small braids to keep the hair out of their eyes during everyday activities.

Some Havanese Care Tips – September 2015

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The nails of your Havanese should be trimmed with dog nail trimmers at least once a month, but every 2 weeks is ideal to keep them short. You should have a small container of clotting powder (we love cut stop) where you cut too close.

Put your dog on a nonslip surface. Lift one leg and pull it slightly forward. Inside each nail is a pink to blood-filled area called “fast”. You can see through a transparent, but you won’t be able to see this thing through a black nail. Cut back a little Snip nail at a time, stopping just before the groove on the underside of the nail. Where you will cut with scissors quickly press a gelling powder spot and apply pressure for a few seconds.

We humans get our vitamins and supplements in the hopes that it will keep us healthier longer. My husband is a proof that the right diet and supplements can starve and kill the cancer. We want to make as good for our dogs. Optimum nutrition, optimal supplement.

There are 3 basic facts dog that will help towards your pup quickly. housebreak First, dogs are basically cared and prefers not to mess where they sleep. Secondly, puppies need to remove almost always, as soon as they wake up and 20 minutes of eating or drinking. Finally, the dogs usually urinate on a place where they or other dogs have urinated.

Once your pup support collar, put his leash and then sit and watch. Obviously, do this indoors or in a safe area. Let your dear puppy leash around on their own but keep a close eye on him so he doesn’t mess around or being injured. Leave it on for just a few minutes from the start. Later, repeat the exercise for longer periods of time. Put your pup on a leash during meals so He associates the leash with a pleasant event. If he is very fearful of the leash, you may want to put it near the food bowl for a while before attaching it to the collar. Finally, he will see that no harm comes and really there is nothing to fear.

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Best Dog Toys 2015

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Puppy raising a big job that requires all paws on deck

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Havanese – ToyBreeds

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Raising a Happy and Healthy Havanese

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Havanese are one of the best small dogs for families, and they’re so cute and lovable that making them a part of your family is very easy. So of course, you want your dog to be happy and healthy.  After all, they’re family, right? Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when you have a Havanese at home.

 

Havanese Need Constant Companionship 

Some dogs are loners, but that doesn’t apply to Havanese. These are not dogs you can leave alone for the whole day. And don’t even think about getting them a kennel outside your home.

Your Havanese is very oriented towards people and other members of your household, including your other pets. They will want to snuggle with you and climb on your laps. They may even want to sleep in your bed. Havanese are famous for being affectionate, and they want to demonstrate that often.

You shouldn’t really have a Havanese if you work long hours. Havanese really hate it when they’re left along for more than a few hours. And when they’re unhappy, you’ll get a lot of barking, and they may indulge in some destructive chewing too.

Instead, arrange for your dog to get some affection and companionship on a fairly regular basis. Take them to the park with you, and watch them enjoy the new sights and smells. They enjoy these types of outings, but only if you are with them. They’re very friendly, and they take their cues from you. If your dog sees that you’re glad to meet someone, then they relax and they’re friendly to that person too. They love kids, and they’re friendly towards other animals.

You should try to train them too, and they love playing games. With the Havanese, your happiness is their happiness, and they will strive to please you.

The Health of Your Havanese

If you got your Havanese from a pet store, a rescue, or a disreputable breeder, then you may have to expect some genetic health problems. These problems tend to come up because of some inappropriate breeding practices. These conditions include eye problems like cataracts, deafness, hypothyroidism, orthopedic diseases, and valve disease are common.

As these are genetic diseases, there’s really nothing much you can do to prevent your dog from contracting them. If you can’t handle that but you really want a Havanese, you should get in contact with a reputable breeder who can show you proof that genetic tests have been conducted on your puppy.

Meanwhile, there are things you can do to keep your dog safe. You should use ceramic or stainless steel feeding bowls, as the plastic ones tend to harbor germs. You should stay away from rawhide bones, as they’re not great for digestion and your dog can choke on them.

Your Havanese can be a constant source of joy for you and for your family. Take care of them, and you may have some 15 years of lovable companion

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Havanese and Cataracts

Known as the national dog of Cuba, the Havanese is a small and sturdy dog along with a generally good and healthy disposition, but they can be prone to cataracts.

Cataracts result in a loss of transparency of your Havenese’s eye lenses. This cloudy area might be confined to a small area of the lens or it can affect the whole eye structure. While small, non-progressive cataracts don’t radically interfere along with your dog’s vision, severe cases can result to blindness. Since Havanese dogs have actually a higher risk of developing cataracts, the only way to keep this problem in check is to have actually their eyes checked annually.

Having said all this, it is important to keep in mind that for the most part, your Havanese dog’s health is largely dependent on you. Make sure that your Havanese gets regular checkups and maintains a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.

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