Originally Posted by havaneseplease
Thank you for your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from others as well. I am planning on going to an all-breed dog show next weekend at the Cabarrus Arena so I can hopefully meet a few breeders & see these precious cuties! You all seem very happy to have chosen this breed, I am just trying to check into some things such as teeth because my Yorkies all had terrible teeth even though I started them young with me cleaning their "toofies". (I used to be a dental assistant). It was hard to watch them all have to go through having many teeth pulled due to poor breeding. I believe in feeding an all organic diet, using no pesticides, etc.
Well, it sounds like you've got the feeding situation under control!
All toy breeds are more prone to tooth problems than larger breeds, simply because there is less room in their mouths. But, in general, well bred Havanese do not have ANYTHING like the mouth problems that Yorkies have. Sometimes they are born missing a couple of teeth, and those puppies would be sold as pets, not used for show or breeding, but that doesn't affect tooth/mouth health.
If you use an enzyme tooth paste and brush their teeth at least 3 times a week (daily is even better!) you can ward off expensive professional cleaning for a LONG time. …and if you do those professional cleaning BEFORE there is gum disease and/or bone loss, your Hav can keep their teeth and keep them healthy for a very long time.
Mary, who owns Tyler, on the forum is a case in point. Tyler is one of our very oldest forum members at 16 1/2. He has had his teeth professionally cleaned only once, and at his age, still has all his teeth! BUT Mary has taken good regular care of them all the way along.
Even among Yorkies, I bet that the good breeders have dogs with better mouths than your rescues did too. I'm sure that there are puppy mill Havaese rescues dogs that have more tooth problems than the average well-bred Hav also, but I'd bet not as bad as a poorly bred Yorkie.