In general, Havanese are a healthy breed with a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years or more.
The vast majority of Havanese go through life with no major health issues. This is due to diligent health testing by reputable breeders who take seriously their role as stewards and guardians of the breed. They take the time and go to the expense of testing their breeding dogs against known heritable health problems.
If you're buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you health certificate cates for both your puppy's parents.
A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur in her lines.
Havanese are an extremely healthy breed, and the people devoted to them want to keep it that way. Havanese like all breeds, they're prone to certain health conditions. Not all Havanese will get any or all of these diseases, but it's important to be aware of them if you're considering this breed.
Legg Calve Perthes Disease also affects the hip joint and symptoms may appear as early as five months of age. Limping, pain, lameness, arthritis, muscle atrophy and similar symptoms may indicate LCP. It can affect just one or all hip joints and is correctable with surgery. LCP is believed to be inherited, but the mode of inheritance is not known.
Careful breeders screen their breeding dogs for genetic disease and breed only the healthiest and best-looking specimens, but sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas and a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good breeding practices.
Be sure to have your own canine veterinarian examine your new puppy within 48 hours of pickup.
To protect yourself from the expensive vet bills associated with these conditions, you'll want to purchase pet insurance for your Havanese before they show symptoms or are diagnosed.
Each dog breed has its own activity level, dietary requirements, grooming needs, training and exercise levels, and socialization preferences. The Havanese dog breed is no exception.
The Havanese dog overall is a very social and people-focused breed. These little pups really need and crave the company of “their” humans to stay healthy and happy. A bored, lonely Havanese can quickly develop problem behaviours..
Age Appropriate Exercise
Your puppy will require exercise, but doing too much too soon can be harmful and result in lasting health problems. The amount of exercise needs to be gradually increased as the puppy matures.
Early access to stairs has also been shown to be detrimental, as well as slippery floors!
A fully grown Havanese dog may only weigh between seven and 13 pounds, tops. This makes Havanese dogs a perfect pick for small space living.
Overweight Havanese are more at risk for a variety of health problems. Plus, putting your adorable pup on a diet is not for the faint-hearted owner. It is far easier to simply manage food intake from day one and offer appropriate exercise to counteract treats.
Overall, a healthy adult Havanese will fare quite well with a daily walk and daily indoor playtime.
The Havanese breed’s long, silky coat is not just their signature look. It also represents the most labor-intensive part of caring for a Havanese. Without at least a thorough daily combing and brushing, the coat can form tangles and mats that can abrade the skin and open your dog up to infection and worse.
However, you do have some options. If you do not plan to show your Havanese, consider a short “puppy clip.” Alternately, once your dog is out of puppyhood, you can cord the coat – this is similar to dreadlocks, just for dogs.
The Havanese is a highly intelligent and sensitive breed. Because these dogs are very people-centric, they are easy to train as long as you use positive (reward-based) training methods.