Are Havanese Hypoallergenic?

YES! Absolutely the Havanese is hypoallergenic. It hardly sheds, and hardly drools – and shedding and drooling are the two things that trigger dog allergies in humans.

These little guys are just beautiful to look at. And they have a temperament to match. If dogs trigger allergies with you, this is a breed that will provide you with hours upon hours of fun and companionship without causing the irritation of constant allergic reactions.

Three specific qualities make the Havanese hypoallergenic. Firstly, it is important to understand why allergic reactions are triggered by dogs.

Most people believe it’s simply the dog’s hair. They’re both right and wrong. Wrong, because the hair itself has nothing to do with it.

Dogs secrete natural proteins that cause allergic reactions in some humans. These proteins are excreted in the dog’s saliva and stool. And, as the dog licks itself, the proteins end up on the coat. And becomes a part of the dog’s dander.

So, the dog’s hair is nothing but a transport medium for these proteins – which are ultimately the culprit!

A proper hypoallergenic dog drools little and produces a lot less dander than non-hypoallergenic dogs. And less dander and drool means a decrease in the triggers for your allergic reactions.

The Havanese scores VERY high in both these hypoallergenic qualities!

More about the Havanese

Havanese come in a variety of colors. Officially the breed specifications call these Havana Brown, Fawn, Tobacco, Mahogany, White, and Black. But there may be slight variations in between.

The coats of these pups are silky, silky, silky! And more often than not, they may contain nuances of two or more colors.

They always look as if they’ve just returned from a trip to the hairdresser. There is a natural wave in their coat, and watching them move and the coat with them, is fascinating.

The Havanese’s coat has to be well maintained. Clipping them into a puppy cut will save grooming time at home.

These are adaptable, happy little guys. They’re hypoallergenic with a lot less dander and drool than many other breeds, and they’re not barkers at all.

This makes them perfect for small-space living or sharing with roommates.

Oh, yes, and they LOVE water. This just adds to the fun you can have with them!

Are Havanese Hypoallergenic?

What are their character and temperament like?

They’re sweet, affable, loving, and incredibly loyal. That’s in a nutshell.

They’re also lively, energetic little dogs. They socialize well within a family but may prove a bit shy when it comes to strangers.

They LOVE human company and enjoy being given direction too. So, they respond well to rules around the house. Your Havanese is likely to follow you around like a shadow. They’re a bit tougher and more resilient than toy breeds, and this makes them ideal for a family with little children.

The DON’T respond well to being left without company for a long time!

Things to consider before getting a Havanese

All breeds have their own characteristics and traits. And getting a dog is all about matching the pup with the owner, right? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you decide whether a Havanese will be a good match for you, or not:

  • They are SO friendly, but also prone to loneliness and separation anxiety. They require love and affection ALL the time
  • They are hypoallergenic because they don’t shed, produce little dander, and don’t drool much. But they DO require regular grooming to make sure their coats remain free of allergens
  • They’re absolutely great for small-space living and families. But, if you have a nine-to-five and can’t make companionship arrangements for the pup during the day, they will start suffering from separation anxiety. And their behavior will start to mirror their emotional distress

Do they need a lot of exercise?

Are Havanese Hypoallergenic?

There is a lot more to the Havanese than just its hypoallergenic properties. The breed does take time and effort, but more of this goes into grooming than fulfilling the dog’s exercise needs!

Two fifteen-minute walks each day will do just fine. Or one walk for around twenty minutes.

More than exercise, the dog needs a social atmosphere and lots of stimulation.

Are they easy to housetrain?

If you’re a first-time owner and you’re not sure how to housetrain your pup, fear not! We’ve all been there, but you’ll cotton on quickly. Here’s a quick list of things to do – and we GUARANTEE it will get your pup housetrained in seven days or even less!

  • Crate train your Havanese when it’s still a puppy.
  • When they’re inside the crate, cover it with something so you’re out of sight
  • Feed your pup inside the crate
  • The puppy should be fed around three times a day, at regular intervals. Once they’ve eaten, let them out for about twenty minutes
  • Give them regular access to water, but also plan this. Let them out around twenty minutes after they’ve had a drink
  • You should stick to this schedule rigorously – drink time four to six times a day, followed by an outside break around twenty minutes later. It will become a habit for them as quick as a flash – drink, wait a bit, outside to pee
  • Don’t make a fuss over accidents. These happen. Positive reinforcement works a charm!
  • When they’re not busy with something else, which essentially is playing or eating, put them in their crate. These pups tend to hold it in rather than soil their crates. But DON’T leave your pup in the crate for more than two hours in the day
  • Make sure to give your Havanese pup some food and water a few hours before your own bedtime
  • Take them outside for a bathroom break a few minutes before you turn in yourself, and then again first thing in the morning – while the water for your coffee is still boiling
  • Your Havanese puppy’s crate should be a happy, warm, comfy sleeping spot. If it is all that, they will take ownership and it will be their space

 

How should I care for a Havanese’s grooming needs?

Are Havanese Hypoallergenic?

The Havanese is low-maintenance in many regards, but it does require plenty of grooming care, especially if you want it to be as hypoallergenic as possible.

Brush the dog at least once a day, and a bath once a week is essential. If this is too much for you, doggie parlors love working with these pooches!

A puppy cut will dramatically cut the time you spend grooming – ask your doggy parlor about that.

In addition, here is a list of general tips you keep your Havanese’s coat in tip-top condition

  • Check for matted hair while you’re brushing. You’ll most often find clumps around the base of the tail, the groin, around the ears, in the armpits, and on the tummy
  • Brushing regularly makes the exercise painless. Skip a few days, and it may become a different story!
  • Jiggle your brush to pull the mat away from the skin when you groom. Hold the fur between your fingers when you’re loosening and removing a mat – this prevents painful pulling on the dog’s skin
  • Make sure you get two combs or brushes. One is for the general brushing – the day-to-day stuff, and the other is for removing those dreaded mats.
  • Cuddle and love and snuggle your Havanese when you groom – this is a GREAT bonding opportunity
  • Always make sure your brushing reaches right down to the skin. You don’t want to miss any mats. They snowball!
  • While you’re chatting away and cuddling the dog, run your fingers through the coat to feel for mats
  • Remember, dirt on the coat will accelerate matting. So, clean your pup when they’ve had an outside romp
  • A puppy cut will solve most matting problems

How about other grooming needs?

Your Havanese will be perfectly healthy and happy with standard grooming procedures.

A good brush of the teeth twice a week, with plenty of available chew toys and the occasional bone, will keep their teeth and gums healthy.

And general health of the breed?

Generally, Havanese are healthy and happy dogs. But, there are a few things to look out for.

As they age, Havanese often struggle with heart and lover issues, and their eyes may go bad.

They also sometimes develop something called patellar luxation. It’s also known as a floating kneecap, and it’s fairly common to Havanese. Simply put, the kneecap slides out of position. Once it has happened, there is a high probability of recurrence. It normally takes various surgical procedures to stabilize the kneecap.

To avoid this experience, ensure your breeder is reputable. Avoid puppy mills at all costs.

Hereditary and genetic issues are most common among dogs that have been improperly bred.

When you’ve identified the breeder you like, ask them for the certificates of tests they had done. This is standard practice, and a solid breeder will have no qualms about sharing those with you.

A parting shot

By now you’ve guessed this dog was originally bred in Cuba. It is the national breed of the island, in fact.

Due to its hypoallergenic qualities and its incredibly loving nature, the popularity of the breed has spread way beyond its original island home. They’ve become loved pets in households all over the world.

Right now, the Havanese is 24th on the American Kennel Club’s list of most popular dogs.

That should tell you something if nothing else does …

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