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Ok I bought my puppy at a pet store. I know I know not a good idea. But I fell in love with my Havanese. My only concern is she is very small. She is six months and only weighs five pounds. Which is fine really cuz I wanted something small. She also has very short hair. Which doesnt seem to be the norm for a Havanese. She seem to have had more hair when I got her when she was 10 weeks old. Does a havanese lose hair when there young just to grow more. I wonder if she is purebred??
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That is how pet shops stay in business, we can't ignore a puppy. I had smarty at those ages and her hair continued to grow. There are a number of small dogs on the forum, many are grown and weigh 8 lbs. Post her picture and let us see your girl.

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Rosie at that age was not quite 5 lbs. The Vet didn't think that she would get any bigger. But I have found that Havanese grow like large breed dogs, it takes a year or more for them to get to full size and then they continue to fill out. Small breed dogs are usually as big as they are going to get by 6 months. Rosie is a year and 2 months and weighs a little over 10 lbs. So don't worry yet. I can't speak about the hair issue. When I got her at 4 months and a little over 2 lbs, she had fairly long silky hair but not much of it--then the undercoat came in and now we are all about hair--lots of it. Enjoy your puppy and see what happens.
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None of mine ever had their hair shorter (except when I cut it). You should show us a photo of your little girl. I can't speak to the weight since all three of mine are bigger than that. Ruby has gained a lot since her last visit at the vet. She feels pretty close to 10 lbs. to me. She was six months old on May 6th.

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Pixie is weeks away from two, and she managed to hit 7 lbs on the dot. Mig is 12 weeks and is the same weight as Pixie was at that age. Both sets of parents were standard size. Please post a picture of her!

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Einstein and Watson just turned one and are each 15 lbs. Please post a pic of your pup. We love pictures!

Trudy, mom to Einstein,Watson and Griffin too!
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Sherry, 90-95% (if not all) of puppies from pet stores come from pet mill breeders (sometimes called commercial breeders). Their parents are not given health care, quality food, fresh air or exercise, contact with humans unless it's for mating or taking the pups from them and are basically physically and emotionally unwell. A dam is forced to produce a litter every time she's in heat so can have 5, 6 or 10 litters before she is discarded, so the health of the puppies is like a crap shoot.... sometimes you're lucky, sometimes not.

Some pet stores actually only sell/adopt out dogs or puppies that come from shelters, so they help the issue with over population and you know the money is going to a good cause. It depends on the type of pet store you went to.

Your puppy might not be a purebred, but there is no test to know for sure. The truth is, that many mill operators aren't looking at what each breed's standard is and they mate the dogs as often as they can, with the dogs they have. They often say 'purebred' so they can take in more money for the puppy.

There are short-haired Havanese, but they don't lose their hair length as time goes on. Maybe your puppy has health issues, but not sure if you've had a blood test done for diff. things, such as liver, kidney, protein levels, etc... I'm not saying she's sick! I'm just pointing out that there could be various reasons for her coat condition. Her diet might be a factor too.

If you tell us more about your puppy, (what is her name?) we'll try to see if we can help give you answers.




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Hi Sherry,

I'd also like to say that while we try to educate people to AVOID purchasing puppy mill dogs, you are a far from the first, nor will you be the last person on the forum with a puppy mill Hav. There are a number of people here with part bred Havs, and LOTS of Hav rescues (most of which are puppy mill dogs) too! Now that you have your little one, you are welcome here on the forum, and everyone here will try to help you as much as they can!

The one "rule" here is that you MUST SHARE PICTURES!!!


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Hi Sherry,

The one "rule" here is that you MUST SHARE PICTURES!!!
And we can help you with that too! It's not that we're greedy for pics, it'll help us to help you about your dog too!
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And we can help you with that too! It's not that we're greedy for pics, it'll help us to help you about your dog too!
But we ARE a little greedy about puppy pix too!


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