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Is this normal?

Hi there,

Our little Chloe likes to lie down and sleep in this position... we've never seen this with our other dogs. Is this normal/healthy?

Also, these are her belly markings... is this typical for Havanese doggies?

Thanks for the advice!
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We call that "frog leg" sleeping or resting. Cassie definitely does it, although it is not her favorite position which is curled in a circle or across human legs stretched out in a recliner chair, thereby requiring human to sit immobile for extended periods of time.

I think we had a thread of frog leg sleeping pictures awhile ago in the photo sections. I think a fair number of people were able to post pictures of their Havanese stretched out like that. Here is the link. Some of the pictures were priceless.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/41-fun-...ay-photos.html

Don't know about stomach markings but they look normal. Cassie has some on tummy but she is black and white parti so her markings are different.
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Rocky lays like that all the time. Sometimes he crawls along like that too. We call it "worm dog"..

Same markings on his belly as well.
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Kosmo loves this position on the cool slate kitchen floors here in Georgia. And that tickle belly pigment looks normal.
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Cassandra, thanks for posting that link with all the adorable frog pose photos. Alas, I cannot contribute, because Shama does NOT do that (except occasionally in her alley). I just double checked her belly, and she does have markings like that, but they're pretty light. Where I notice those markings is on the roof of her mouth when she yawns!
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Hi there,

Our little Chloe likes to lie down and sleep in this position... we've never seen this with our other dogs. Is this normal/healthy?

Also, these are her belly markings... is this typical for Havanese doggies?

Thanks for the advice!
Yes, lots of Havanese think sleeping "belly up" (as we call it) is just dandy. But it isn't specific to Havanese... lots of breeds (and mixed breeds) do it.

And, yes, pigment spots on the belly are perfectly normal, and again, not specific to Havanese, but seen in any breed or part breed that has parti coloring.
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Thanks to everyone for the replies! Very reassuring to see that other dogs do the same thing. My wife was worried it was a harbinger for hip dysplasia, but glad to know it's normal.
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All three of my dogs (2 havs and a cockapoo) do the frog leg. The cockapoo is 9 years old now so it's pretty rare for her to do for any length of time anymore, but when it's warm, I still occasionally see those back legs kick out. This is a go-to position for Raffy and while I haven't had him tested, his mother tested as having Excellent hips.


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Yes and yes! I love when Bodie sleeps like that. He also has spots on his belly. Your puppy is adorable!!

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Thanks to everyone for the replies! Very reassuring to see that other dogs do the same thing. My wife was worried it was a harbinger for hip dysplasia, but glad to know it's normal.
Ha! No... LOTS of dogs go "frog dog"! And, actually, though there are occasionally Havanese with X-rays that are graded as dysplastic, and good breeders take them out of the gene pool, I have NEVER heard from any vet of a Havanese with clinical (pain) signs of hip dysplasia. Luxating patellas, yes. They re pretty common in most small dog breeds. Hips no.


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