Join Date: Jan 2010
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As stated, Short-haired Havanese do shed. Regular coated Havenese do, too, just like people.
However, I'm concerned about erect ears and a bushy face. Havanese have drop ears and I think it's a pretty big red flag that your pup does not. I believe Erect ears are a dominant gene in dogs... in which case you don't get puppies with erect ears from two parents with drop ears. Also, most short-haired Havanese, as you noted, have smooth hair on their faces, and again, that coat pattern is genetically driven. This is another red flag.
I would follow up with the breeder and see when they are coming - seven weeks from puppy pick up seems long (and eight weeks is young). Do you know what registry they are from? Unfortunately there are registries out there that don't do much but list dogs and will list the parents as who ever anyone says they are. American Kennel Club is best... not perfect but they actually try.
I am inclined to think your pup is a mix. Of course that doesn't mean the mother isn't a pure bred Havanese, but maybe the father isn't? Pictures would help, for sure.
And purebred or no, it doesn't mean you don't have a delightful new family member!
~Kat, Clover, CDX RN NA NAJ, & AKC/UKC Ch. William
People in the dog show world know me as Karen, but the rest of the world knows me & I will introduce myself as Kat... I've been showing dogs longer than I've had the nickname, and the nickname is not new!