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Sensible advice for raising your Havanese puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Havanese, the best dog food diet for feeding Havanese puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Havanese dog breed

Havanese Health Problems and Raising a Havanese Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Havanese:

The most serious eye disease in the Havanese is cataracts, which can appear in young Havanese puppies or later in life, and which can progress to blindness. Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), retinal dysplasia, and tear duct disorders also occur in the breed.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, Havanese have the 2nd highest rate of hypothyroidism of 140 breeds (up to 26% affected).

Liver shunt and deafness (inherited deafness) are serious concerns in the breed.

Heart disease (especially valve disease) is occurring more frequently in Havanese.

Orthopedic diseases include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, luxating patella (loose knees), and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of over 700 Havanese and found 6% dysplastic. Elbows are worse, with 7% of 295 elbow X-rays rated dysplastic – this is a high rate for a small dog.

A deformed structure called chondrodysplasia is found in some family lines of Havanese, and these dogs are prone to intervertebral disk disease.

Allergies cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Ear infections are common due to profuse hair in the ear canals. A more serious skin disease, sebaceous adenitis, has occasionally been reported in Havanese.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Havanese?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Havanese today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Havanese puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Havanese puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Havanese puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Havanese lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Havanese
The best diet for feeding your Havanese is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Havanese. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Havanese
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Havanese. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Havanese puppy really need? Does your adult Havanese need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Havanese. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Havanese. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Havanese.


Information on neutering your Havanese. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male Havanese.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.