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Hi Every One!

I just joined the forum and am very excited to get some advise from all of you. I bought a Havanese female (AKC registered - Limited) from a breeder in Indiana. I'm not sure about the breeder's reputation, etc....

My Cassy is around 5 and 1/2 months old now. She has a great temperament and is the sweetest and smartest dog I have ever seen, and I've had dogs before. However, I have a couple concerns:

1) Her coat is just not as think as I expected. I brush it daily and it is pretty easy to brush/comb. But a couple hours later it looks droopy and stringy. When I part it on her back, I cannot see any second coat....Her tummy is pretty bare and you can see skin through her leg creases. Her legs/hind area is pretty cottony and much fuller. Her ears are also not very hairy at all and she puts them back a lot when she runs. Is this normal? What kind of coat could I expect? Will it fill in?

2) Her bottom teeth are coming in ocluding her top teeth....Reversed scisor bite (not very big). But does this correct itself?

Just wanted some opinions.

Thanks for your responses.
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First welcome to the forum! As to coat, I would say count yourself lucky. Less thick coat= less grooming

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Welcome to you and Cassy! This forum will provide lots or input and helpful advice. Our Abby was eight months old when we got her and her coat was very thin, too. She was not exactly what I was expecting......lol Now, over a year and a half later her coat is finally starting to thicken up and grow although her hair is about the same length as a lot of the year old Havs I've seen on this forum. I've learned to just accept her just the way she is - easy to groom and VERY easy to love! Just remember - every Hav is different!

BTW, what is your name? Cassy looks adorable to me!

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Wow is she beautiful!!
Yes, it seems all the havs have different coat types. My dog is like a little sheep, with a coat that makes a mat every 5 minutes. Seriously, easy is good. As far as the teeth, I'm not sure if it will change. As long as you're not showing her, just enjoy her adorable little quirks. Like I said-she's adorable.

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She is beautiful!
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She's very beautiful! So far as the teeth coming in, I guess it could correct but I would think it very likely. If it's only a small underbite it shouldn't be a problem for her and if you have concerns you could always ask your vet. Her coat looks lovely. I have 2 Hav's and one has a thinner coat than the other, He's the one that takes less groomig time! He also filled in more as he matured and now at 2 1/2 he is much fuller! Post blowdry he is a huge fluffball LOL!
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Welcome to the forum!
I'm not so sure you really want a double coat! Lots of work!
Is your pup a chocolate?
The underbite probably will NOT correct itself but as long as it isn't too severe it is not a problem. My Lulu has an underbite, and that is just Luu. She is not a show baby.
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Thanks so much you guys! I love this forum, so much information and such good mentors, right at your finger tips! Cassy is a really sweet girl and we are very lucky to have her. Her underbite is not very severe, so I don't think she'll have any problems there. She is a chocolate with light (cafe au lait) markings and a little sable on the markings. I'm not sure whether she is classified properly on the AKC registration, but since I won't be showing her anyways, who cares...Also, is anyone in the Chicago area?

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Agata & Cassy! Cassy is very pretty, I love those chocolate ears.

Our Hav, Pepper, has silkier hair over the front half of his body and on his head, and more of a cottony texture over his rump. He's been this way since we got him at about 9-months old. He looks 'good' for about an hour after I brush him out, then he starts to look kind of scruffy again. As soon as he gets outside and runs around a bit, any work I did on that coat is invisible.

I don't know if Pepper holds his ears back or if they're just blowing back when he runs 'cause he races around the yard like a little Ferrari. It's too cute!

He also has a slight underbite and it hasn't caused him any trouble at ALL with eating, playing or shredding.

In my world, your Cassy sounds pretty normal!

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Welcome to the Havanese Forum!!! What a beautiful girl you have. She's adorable!

You asked: " Also, is anyone in the Chicago area?" Soooooo many of us were in the Chicago area just last month!! The U.S. National Havanese Specialty was there. Of course, that doesn't help you trying to get together with other Hav owners on a regular basis. lol

Coat type can be from genetics, diet, general health, and who knows what else... Did you see her parents and/or siblings? Ricky's dam had a thin coat, but that was because she had just had puppies. His siblings had, and still have, thick and profuse coats.

If you are feeding a food containing a lot of grain (and corn is a no-no, as it is the #1 cause of allergies and digestive problems), it can affect the dog's coat.

Still, many Havs have many diff. types of coats, so it may be something that she will either grow out of or is just her type.




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