Our Coco was 11 years old when he passed away and weighed a trim 21 lbs. He had bowed legs, with one that turned out sideways. That did not hampered him at all and no Vet worried about it. What was a problem was his health issues. He was atypical Addison's, had bladder stones and died of Lymphoma. We loved his size and would want a larger Havanese but worry if this health problem is a trend in larger Havanese. We do not want to show or breed and would not have traded our time with Coco for the world. We just are doing more homework this time.
I just read about this study at this web page which I will add here. Does anyone know about this study or have further information on this subject?
If you are a breeder, I hope this page has provided you with some food for thought, education and hope for the future. If you are a puppy buyer, I hope the information here, will enable you to be more educated about the Havanese breed and help you to be able to chose your breeder
and future puppy more carefully. Again, not all CD dogs have health problems
but too many of them do. Like any syndrome or disease, it can very well carry with it
other problems besides just the bone deformity.
(All pictures on this site are of AKC registered Havanese.
All pictures were used 'as is'
and were not morphed or altered in any way to change the proportions.
All pictures are used here, with permission)
©Copyright 1998-2006 by ERA'S Havanese
How can you help?
Keith Murphy and his team at Texas A&M University (TAMU) are underway in an important study. We need to raise $200,000 to fund this research. If you own a Havanese or breed Havanese, then please help! There are two ways to financially help.
1. Join "Friends of HEART" at http://www.havanese.net/heart/default.htm
2. Buy "The Havanese" by Diane Klumb at: www.lulu.com
. All proceeds to this wonderful book are donated by Diane to the TAMU project!