Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Havanese puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Havanese

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Havanese the right breed for you?

Havanese: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Havanese Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Havanese?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No large dogs in the household (safety issue)
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Havanese stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Brushing – a lot (unless you keep the coat clipped short)
  • Trimming/clipping – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Havanese are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with housebreaking perhaps taking a long time
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Havanese to lots of people and other animals
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Havanese, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Havanese?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Havanese be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Havanese?

Havanese are common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Havanese rank 23rd. They're not hard to find.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Havanese are sometimes available from Dog Rescue groups. Havanese may be turned over to Rescue because they need more companionship than the owner expected. When people work all day, "separation anxiety" can lead to barking and destructiveness. Or there might be housebreaking issues. Other Havanese are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Havanese are occasionally found here, but shelter personnel may mislabel a shaggy little mixed breed as a Havanese, even when it's not. Havanese rescue groups do keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country, and if a Havanese turns up at a shelter, the rescue group does try to move the dog into their rescue network.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Havanese from a show breeder, who breeds Havanese to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Havanese from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Havanese puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Havanese ends up with cataracts and lame joints.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Havanese are sometimes found in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Havanese Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Havanese puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Havanese puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.