Owning a Havanese

Oh, those sweet little Havanese puppies! They can tempt you with all that fluff and fur alone, but when you add a sweet face and a playful personality, they become almost completely irresistable. However, just being cute and sweet doesn’t make the Havanese the right breed for everyone. They have their own needs and wants, just as every living creature does and these must be met if you are going to be a good pet owner for one of these special dogs.

Tips for Owning a Havanese!!

  1. Make sure you or your family combined, have plenty of time during the day to be around your pooch – they are people pets.
  2. Invest in a great grooming kit! Whether you keep their hair long or short these pooches need regular hair brushing.

Be prepared for a little buddy that has a lot of love to give!

How to Care for a Havanese

Havanese puppies are very special little dogs that can be expected to live nice long lives if they are kept happy and healthy, with proper care from a good owner. Before getting a Havanese puppy, do your research to be sure that you will be able to meet his or her needs so that you are both pleased with your choice of breed.

The Havanese is a typical lap dog or companion dog and as such, they need to have owners who will spend plenty of time with them. 

Havanese are best suited to indoor life with access to a fenced backyard which will allow him a safe place to run and play.

Like every dog, the Havanese needs early socialization. Exposure to many different people, sights, sounds and experiences when they are young. Socialization helps ensure that your Havanese puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.


Grooming the Havanese can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be. Some people choose to keep their Havanese in a more natural, rugged look, while others prefer the well-groomed, fancier look of the longer coat that is “prettied up” with bows. Some also prefer to keep the dog in the puppy cut with shorter hair even into adulthood. 

Although there is minimal shedding, this does not mean no maintenance, as most of the dead hair stays within the strands of the new coat and matting is common, so regular grooming is required. If the coat is to be left its natural length, weekly grooming will be required, which is not a hardship but a bonding time with your Havanese.

Check and clean your Havanese’s ears often. A Havanese’s ears may become dirty or even infected if not properly cared for. Make sure that you check your Havanese’s ears at least once per week.  Trimming your Havanese’s nails is also an essential part of good grooming.

Your Havanese will get dirty and need a bath from time to time. Dogs like Havanese that are generally allowed on the furniture and bed are usually bathed quite regularly; perhaps once a month for a pet Havanese.


He may be very intelligent and eager to please, but he can easily get his feelings hurt if scolded too harshly.
We recommend the treat-based reward system when training any dog, and of course a patient and loving hand.

The Havanese isn’t as prone to getting that “little dog syndrome” as some other small breeds are, but if they aren’t trained properly, it is certainly possible for them to. They need to understand that the people in the house are the bosses and they are not. Small dogs that are allowed to control the home and family can develop some very undesirable habits, such as become nippy, incessantly barking, and becoming destructive.

Because of their intelligence and their innate desire to please their owners, they are one of the easier dogs to train. Potty-training is always a bit of a challenge with smaller dogs, but with diligence and consistency, the Havanese can be trained to go outside or paper-trained with success.

Some Useful Training Resources:

Teeth Cleaning

Brushing your dog’s teeth is an important part of overall care. Keeping your dog’s breath fresh is just one good reason to brush regularly. Clean teeth can also boost the health, happiness, and longevity of your canine friend.

Clean your Havanese’s teeth. Try to brush your Havanese’s teeth a couple of times per week with a dog toothpaste.

Vet Checks

Vet care is very important for your puppy, starting right away when you get the dog. He or she should be taken into the vet for immunizations, worming, and a well-puppy check. After that, the dog should go in for one or two check-ups per year.


It is important to feed a high quality dog food that is meant for small breeds so that it will meet your dogs nutritional needs.  Feed your dog the same type and brand of food every day. Unlike humans, a dog’s digestive system cannot handle changes in food. It can cause upset stomach and diarrhoea.

Provide lots of clean, fresh water. Your Havanese must always have access to a bowl of fresh, clean water.

Maintain a regular feeding schedule. The number of times per day that you will need to feed your Havanese depends on his age. Your Havanese will need to be fed often while he is a puppy and less often as an adult. Talk to your veterinarian if you are unsure about the right type of feeding schedule for your Havanese. In general, if your Havanese is:

  • eight to 12 weeks, then feed her four times per day.
  • three to six months, then feed her three time per day.
  • six months to one year old, then feed her twice per day.
  • past one year old, then feed her once per day

Havanese Exercise needs

These are fairly active dogs, so Havanese exercise requirements aren’t too extensive. These little guys will fulfill a lot of their daily activity needs just running around being their happy selves, but they’ll still benefit from a couple of short walks and a brief play period (either indoors or out) each day.   Daily exercise also really helps havaneses avoid boredom, which has the potential to lead to difficult behaviour.