Updated: February 21, 2021
The Havanese is one of the smaller dog breeds and this can mean a number of things. In order to be able to recognize whether your dog has this health issue or not, you need to learn more about the general health of all breeds of dogs. The article that follows will discuss the specific features of the Havanese and the characteristics of the potential problem that you may notice in your dog.
Havanese are susceptible to a range of health problems. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, luxating patellas, multiple eye conditions, deafness, heart problems, and hypothyroidism are included. The following is a short description of a couple of the health conditions that you should be aware of.
Cleaning the teeth of a Havanese is particularly important since it appears to develop tartar at a young age. If not properly cared for, a Havanese may develop dental problems from the ages of two or three years old.
Cataracts are clouded or obscured vision due to opacities on the eye’s lens, which are sometimes treated surgically. However, if the cataract does not cause discomfort or other medical complications the Havanese should get around just fine.
A number of breeds including Havanese are susceptible to Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease. The femur head gets insufficient blood supply, leaving it weakened. When the kneecap pops out, patellar luxation occurs. It can vary in severity from moderate to severe (causing the dog very little problems for the rest of their lives except an increased risk of later on in their lives, knee and/or hip injuries and arthritis, which may require surgery).
In puppies, not all of these disorders are readily visible, and you cannot be certain that an animal is free from these diseases, which is why you should work with a trustworthy breeder who is committed to breeding the healthiest dogs. They should be able to prove that the dog’s parents and grandparents have been tested for genetic abnormalities and deemed safe for breeding. This is why obtaining a health reports is recommended.
To prevent genetic diseases, reputable breeders have their stock tested through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) to promote the health and well- being of their dogs.
Havanese health problems such as the foregoing can be prevented in part by taking care of the general health and grooming of the dog. A well-groomed dog is less prone to develop infections. This means that your dog can live a longer and healthier life, through proper care and grooming.
It is also important to check for other health conditions and concerns before you bring your Havanese home, so that you can make sure it is a good match for your family.