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Thank you everyone, those of you who know my dear Kippers (an English Setter) just passed away, and I find myself for the first time ever being without a fur baby.

I don't want another crazy running dog, I loved Kippers, but my husband had picked her. Now that i can pick I am looking for a smaller yet intelligent dog. My neighbor recommended a Maltese, she has her third one, but I read the Havanese is smarter, and due to inbreeding, the Havanese is healthier. I see breeders, trainers, and people that show their beautiful dogs here.

As part this community, I know the focus is on Havanese, but can you tell me, compared to a Maltese, and the cuter look of a Havanese, the major differnces in personality, health issues, longevity, training, and grooming?

The photos I see show the most charming cuddly babies, if you were looking for a new Havanese, what are traits to look for, and to avoid please? I am studying this forum to look at such issues, but figure better to ask you all please.

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I know little about Maltese so can't compare them personally. I do think that the Havanese is supposed to be sturdy for a toy breed, more playful and friendly than the Maltese. Hopefully someone with knowledge will pipe in soon. And, again, sorry for your loss.
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Don't know much about Maltese except that most are smaller than most Havanese, and most of the ones I have met are yappy. I do know one who does obedience, but he is also going blind at age 8... Not sure of the details.


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Maltese are good dogs but much more temperamental than Havanese. They are playful but can be stubborn, friendly yet often grumpy, quite at times but very yappy. I have two friends that have them and after meeting Tucker their next dog will be a Havanese. Don't get me wrong they love their Maltis to death but are floored by the overall personality of the Havanese. Just my .02!
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Don't know much about Maltese except that most are smaller than most Havanese, and most of the ones I have met are yappy. I do know one who does obedience, but he is also going blind at age 8... Not sure of the details.
Karen and everyone,

One other thought please, I live in Florida, and I read that Havanese have a "second coat of fur" I don't quite know what that means, if you can explain. Also, I would hate for a new puppy to be overheated in our terrible warm weather. Has anyone heard of issues? I know I could use a groomer that kept hair short, but I would want a traditional cut.

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Karen and everyone,

One other thought please, I live in Florida, and I read that Havanese have a "second coat of fur" I don't quite know what that means, if you can explain. Also, I would hate for a new puppy to be overheated in our terrible warm weather. Has anyone heard of issues? I know I could use a groomer that kept hair short, but I would want a traditional cut.

I appreciate your information.

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My understanding is that, as a Cuban dog, the Havanese coat has developed to insulate the dog and keep it at an even temperature, not too cold and not too hot.
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I too had read that the Havanese coat acts to insulate the dog.
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Karen and everyone,

One other thought please, I live in Florida, and I read that Havanese have a "second coat of fur" I don't quite know what that means, if you can explain. Also, I would hate for a new puppy to be overheated in our terrible warm weather. Has anyone heard of issues? I know I could use a groomer that kept hair short, but I would want a traditional cut.

I appreciate your information.

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They are from Cuba... I doubt Florida is any hotter. Their coat is very light weight and actually helps them stay cool.

There is no "traditional cut" for Havanese. Traditionally, their coat is not cut at all. If you want a puppy cut, (as many people do) it's completely up to you what length you choose. HOWEVER! It is VERY important that it not be TOO short, or they can get sunburned (this is true of any dog that is clipped) and you are taking away their natural protection from the heat, so you have to keep that in mind.
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They are from Cuba... I doubt Florida is any hotter. Their coat is very light weight and actually helps them stay cool.

There is no "traditional cut" for Havanese. Traditionally, their coat is not cut at all. If you want a puppy cut, (as many people do) it's completely up to you what length you choose. HOWEVER! It is VERY important that it not be TOO short, or they can get sunburned (this is true of any dog that is clipped) and you are taking away their natural protection from the heat, so you have to keep that in mind.
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I live in Florida and keep Lola in a long coat, and she's got a thick coat. She, and my other dog, seem more bothered by the humidity than the heat, but even the vet said that cutting her down wouldn't make any real difference. I take them to the park in the evening and avoid long stretches outside in the day. I also have ice water with me in a regular bottle for drinking and in a spray bottle for cooling their pads down, if needed, on the rare times we out and about during a hot day. I'd do the same with any dog.

BTW, I'd get another havanese in a heart beat. Where do you live in Florida? There are a lot of havies around, and a few good breeders.

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