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I talked to Ricky's Vet about this today. He gave Ricky a physical examination and said all his bone structure and muscular/joint development was healthy with no obvious problems. He said that Havanese are not typically prone to spinal disabilities, like for instance Dachshunds who are. He said he doesn't have a problem with Havanese doing leg walking and dancing for very brief periods and only periodically. However he would not encourage a Havanese to do it frequently on a daily basis. A few seconds a day, broken up into a few different sessions, should be okay.
I also asked him about Havanese jumping off of beds or furniture or out of a shopping cart (like Ricky did once!). Again, he said that it is natural for energetic breeds like Havanese to do that. He said he would not encourage this behavior as much as possible, but jumping from beds and furniture is probably not going to cause long term damage to joints if they do it a few times a day and it is onto a padded carpet floor. He said the big risk is that they might land incorrectly and cause a strain to ligaments and muscles or sometimes even a bone fracture.
So he recommends caution, but walking, jumping, and dancing, if done at very brief periods and done infrequently, is not something I should worry about.
Tigerlily's Welcome to the Jungle (Ricky Ricardo)
(AKC titles) CGC, BN