Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Eastern North Carolina
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Yes, if you want to be a responsible pet owner, it is up to you to take care of your Hav. And, this means giving medications that will prevent Heartworms, Fleas, and Ticks.
I brush maybe 2-3 times week. In a puppy cut, it will not take long at all to brush. Havs are magnets (leaves, sticks, or whatever will stick); you will want to get this stuff off their hair or they will tangle rely bad.
Brushing teeth, aim for 2x week, if you are really diligent, 5x week or more. As a small dog, they will have dental problems if you are not careful. Dental chews are good, it gives them something to do and it provides some chewing action.
As a puppy, you Hav will get dirty fast, once they settle down after a year, you could probably get away with a bath every 2-3 times month in a puppy cut.
As long as you use a quality shampoo and conditioner once a week bathing is good. In the Winter, I would lengthen the time out a little.
Ear/Eye - You will be handling your Hav, so you are going to want his eyes clean when needed. Be gentle. Ears with bathing (weekly); smell and look for ear problems.
My opinions....I am not an expert, just a loving Mom.
Dexter & Jack
"One Hav is NOT enough to enjoy the RLH skills!"