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Are walks and jogs bad?

Hello,

I was web surfing for breeders in GA - I plan on getting a playmate for Cub in February - when I saw this info on a breeder's site.

Is this true? Cuba loves to run and would run away from me if he weren't on a leash. We have walked probably 1 to 2 miles at a time, although most of our walks are probably less than a mile. I have also jogged with Cuba, though not as frequently. I am wondering if this is why he skips his back leg occasionally...

Do Havanese like to jog?
No, it will harm their legs.

Do Havanese need to go for walks every day?
No, they will usually get all of the exercise they need in the house particularly if there is a Havanese companion in the house with the Havanese.

How far is too far to walk with a Havanese?
One fourth mile is all we allow them to walk.

But my Havanese loves to go for long walks and loves to jog, etc.
Yes, and your sweet little Havanese will follow you as long as he breathes. He will not complain and will maintain a merry disposition. He will show no pain and probably no exhaustion until he is well past normal healthy exhaustion. He will disregard his own body needs to please you. He will show no pain, exhaustion, or irritability. He will accompany you as long as he can stand. Like a tiny toddler who needs his mom to settle him down to rest a Havanese must be made to rest and that must be done by ending the walk earlier rather than later.
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I think they might be talking about a very young puppy?? I hope thats not true, or my Beamer is in alot of trouble.. lol

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I found some other stuff on the same breeder's site that was quacky such as Eukanuba puppy being the best puppy food and don't partition the crate because it will give them crate neurosis. If the latter was true, Cuba would definitely be crazy. I also use a travel crate for him to sleep in which according to this breeder is too small and will also make the Hav crazy.

The other tidbits I was able to easily dismiss. This walking thing was something that seemed untrue as well, but if were true could be why Cuba has that occasional skip.
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Riley goes and goes. We put in a mile or two and he's just fine! I am not much of a jogger but he sure runs me ragged at times!

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So Cuba has a little skip with his back leg? How interesting, because Tucker does, too, especially around the neighborhood. I have wondered about that...do others do that? Any ideas about why?

However, Tucker Skips occasionally, and I certainly don't jog! Our walks are usually pretty short, too.

I can't imagine that this information could be legitimate...

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So Cuba has a little skip with his back leg? How interesting, because Tucker does, too, especially around the neighborhood. I have wondered about that...do others do that? Any ideas about why?
I took Cuba to the vet because of this and $54 later, the vet said he has great extension in his hips, his knees feel great and that he is fine. The frequency definitely changes. Sometimes he seems to do it ever 3rd step and at other times it is only when he gets going. It doesn't happen when he walks slowly and when he runs he sorts of hops with his back legs anyway so his gait is completely different.

I don't worry about it, much, after my vet visit. But I am also curious as to whether other Havs do this...
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Well Kubrick doesn't have a "skip" but we do walk 4 miles on the weekends and he is totally fine. Seriously, I can't believe any respectable breeder would say that Havs shouldn't walk more than 1/4 mile. I mean really?! Just today at Laurie's play date, Kubrick probably RAN about 2 miles all told and I wasn't egging him on or anything, he was off leash and playing. And saying that Havs shouldn't be walked every day is also just plain silly. I think this breeder needs to meet my energetic Kubrick. LOL.


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Movement depends on conformation and it's a pretty complicated subject for 4 legged animals. There is lots of variation in Havanese conformation.

Our Trip, who will be 12 in January, lives with a very active retired couple who are neighbors of ours on the Lake. He goes with them on a three mile walk almost every day and goes hiking with them in the mountains not counting all the other running around their yard other times during the day.

Our house is a mile from the main road on a two lane asphalt road with almost no traffic. Any of our dogs walk to the highway and back with Pam. For Posh it's just a warmup and he's ready to play and chase a ball when he gets back. Twinkle who will be 12 also in January has a great back end but a straight shoulder so she doesn't care much for long walks but is fine with them if you go slow.

It varies with the individual, but these dogs are really quite the athlete if properly bred and get plenty of exercise.

I sat and watched our dogs one day to try to figure out how far they normally travel in a day just running around if given plenty of space and it's well over a mile.

There are any number of reasons for a skip in the backend but it is usually to do with conformation and at the transition speed between trot and canter which also of course varies with the individual.
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I took Cuba to the vet because of this and $54 later, the vet said he has great extension in his hips, his knees feel great and that he is fine. The frequency definitely changes. Sometimes he seems to do it ever 3rd step and at other times it is only when he gets going. It doesn't happen when he walks slowly and when he runs he sorts of hops with his back legs anyway so his gait is completely different.

I don't worry about it, much, after my vet visit. But I am also curious as to whether other Havs do this...

Tucker's is very erratic, too. Sometimes he doesn't do it at all. And he can flat-out move when he's allowed to run. I've wondered, in fact, if his little skip is just because I've got him on leash, and he'd really rather be flying down the sidewalk, so its his little expression of excess energy. I've not worried about it...just wondered.

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This topic has always interested me. I used to take Rico for a 4 mile walk every day until the vet told me he thought it was a little too far. He said the same thing about the dog following me to the ends of the Earth with a wagging tail, but that it wasn't good for him. Rico did develop a cracked toe nail that won't grow out normally and he too has a little limp on his right leg, but only now and then. He runs like the wind! Now we only go 1-2 miles. He loves it.

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