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What To Know Before Your Bring Your Havanese Home

Apr 6, 2008
Many dog owners have found that the Havanese can be a wonderful choice for a family pet. These compact creatures get along well with adults, kids and other animals, are generally friendly, inquisitive animals that are usually ready to play. If you are thinking about bringing one of these cute puppies home to your family, the first thing you will want to do is brush up on the basics of Havanese care. This way, you will be prepared to give your pup the best environment possible for him to grow up healthy and happy.

Like any breeed, these dogs come with specific Havanese health concerns that can be genetic problems for the breed. By becoming familiar with these potential problems, you can find a breeder that offers dogs without the genetic predisposition to some of them. You can also remain vigilant with your own Havanese, so that you can head to the vet at the first sign of a problem. Other Havanese care to educate yourself about include grooming issues and diet and exercise.

The first step in assuring good Havanese health is to educate yourself about some of the genetic medical issues that are typical for this breed. While the Havanese is a relatively healthy breed with a long life expectancy, all breeds have a few problems that you will need to watch out for. These might include eye problems like cataracts and progressive retinol atrophy, which can cause blindness. It may also entail issues with hip dysplasia, or a condition known as patellar luxation, which is a slipping of the kneecap. By becoming aware of these conditions, you can ask your breeder about the history of these issues in his lines of dogs.

Another aspect of Havanese health is to keep your puppies coat clean and groomed. This required daily brushings and monthly baths to keep your pup looking and feeling his best. It may also include visits to the groomer if you choose to keep his coat clipped shorter, but you can do this job yourself if you learn how to do it properly also.

When it comes to the relationship between diet and Havanese health, there are two options that you can follow. The first is to use a high-quality manufactured pet food right from the pet store. If you are unsure of which food is best, you can ask your breeder or veterinarian for a recommendation. It is best to find a brand that both you and your dog like and stick with it. If you must switch food, transition your pet slowly and gently, to avoid giving your dog stomach trouble. Most breeders and veterinarians will provide a dry food over a canned product, especially for young dogs.

Your pet should also have the opportunity to indulge in daily exercise, which can be a walk or playtime in the backyard. Although this breed can work well in an apartment setting, daily walks are essential to maintain good Havanese health. By grooming your dog regularly, feeding him a nutritious diet and exercising him every day, you will enjoy many years with your healthy, happy pet.
About the Author
Fiona Kelly has spent many years enjoying Havanese, and has studied the factors involved in raising healthy dogs. The author understands the importance of learning the basics of Havanese care before you ever bring that puppy home from the breeder. Articles like this, regarding the best Havanese diet and other aspects of Havanese care will help to ensure that you enjoy many years with your pet.
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