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There are some show breeders on the forum so maybe they will chime in. Havanese need their coat maintained, but for show do not get clipped ever....you are allowed to make their paws neat and do a slight sanitary. Some show homes do not trim the paws and this may have to do with coat type. I notice with my guys Misty has an uneven pattern of growth with her paws, or it could be the hair breaks when running and playing, so I trim hers, my boy Yogi I never trim his paws his are neat and fluffy with out doing anything.
As far as maintaining their coats...there are different coat types. I will use my guys as an example if I were showing Misty: She has a very silky coat almost straight, she seldom gets a mat but her coat can look flat after a couple of days, so she is a dog that would need to be bathed on the same day as the show. Yogi has big coat a bit wavey, with a cottoney undercoat...this makes the hair stand away from his skin (we call it big Texas hair) his coat type would do best bathed the day before and brushed out on show day, this gives time for the undercoat to settle giving a nice smooth look and good flow.
Eye care is important even if your dog is not white, depending on the structure of the eye sockets some Hav"s get tear staining, you need to keep the area cleaned and dry everyday, some people use angel eyes but that is a personal thing.
You will need to get your pup use to brushing starting on the first day, you will need to brush often when your pup goes through coat blowing, you will need to brush several times a day to say ahead of matting and knotting at that time. When your pup is past the blowing stage and depending on lifestyle maintaining the coat becomes easier.
There are many threads of grooming products but there is always room for another. I personally 'never' use a slicker brush and don't own one, they can make the job easier but you do lose/break coat ...I don't use one because I use to show Shih Tzu's and my partner did not believe in them...so after all these years I don't have a need, also I find for me the Havanese coat easier to keep matt free.
Hope this helps. You can read the standred on the AKC site and you can see pictures of Havanese champions to help you get the look you want. Much can be accomplished with the Havanese by knowing how to blow dry and brush in a professional manner.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
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