Updated: February 26, 2021
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