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Havanese issues, are they all that bad?

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I hope to get a puppy this summer and have been doing tons of research and reading this forum and have some questions I hope some of you will chime in on.
I've read all about the matting issues, the worst coming in with the blowing of the coat. I'm already thinking I will be afraid to pet my dog! ( joking) Are the matts THAT bad? I will be doing the daily brushing as I plan to keep a long coat but I see pictures of snowy/wet/muddy dogs and sigh.....what to do with this mess now??

The housebreaking....is it THAT hard? I had a Pomeranian and she was never an issue. I work at home and have always been very consistent with training but as much as I've read I'm wondering if even that will be enough?

Picky eaters? I have just finished reading Diane Klumb's book and she brought up the fact that if you let the dog start out being choosey, then it learns to wait for the new food or added treats. My dogs have always eaten what was in the bowl so I've never dealt with a picky eater....is every Hav THAT bad?

Other that these three thoughts I think I'm prepared and can't wait to get my puppy!
Thanks ahead for your thoughts on this.
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Hi, well, I'm a new hav owner...Gracie is 6 months old (will be in a couple of days)...so I can't answer the matting question...

As far as the housebreaking...Gracie is wee wee pad trained and I have one in the laundry room at all times...she goes in there 95% of the time....so she is doing pretty good with that. Once in a blue moon she will potty where she shouldn't...I have heard it can take them a while on this...I certainly don't trust her not to potty in the house yet.

Gracie hasn't been a picky eater at all....so I haven't seen that. She eats dry food only and doesn't get many treats because we had a problem with loose stools for over a month...I think it was a stubborn case of giardia.
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Gryff went through the blowing coat thing and we had to shave him down to nothing! No big deal. It grew back.

He wasn't too difficult to potty train, although even at a year and a half, he still has the occasional accident. I don't think that is entirely uncommon in dogs, not just Havanese.

He's not a picky eater at all. In fact, he will eat just about anything.

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I have 2 havs. Brady is 2 and a half and Dugan is 5 months old. I do keep them in a puppy cut as I can not handle the daily brushing and matts. Brady is all boy and is always in the mud, water, puddles, etc. so a full coat would be very hard to handle. Both of my boys were pretty easy to potty train. I use bells on the door and they both ring to go outside. The key with them was consistency. Both of them were good within a week of being home and almost perfect within a few weeks. Brady was 8 weeks when I brought him home and Dugan was 14 weeks. Both have slept through the night from almost day one. Both of mine are food hounds. They will eat almost anything and gobble their food right down. I know, they are not typical havanese. Good luck. This is such a wonderful breed.


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Can you have both a litter trained and outside dog? I had a young girl at Petsmart tell me that it would have to be one or the other, having both would only confuse them. I don't agree but how does everyone else feel about that?
I forgot to bring up the other issue of poop on the hiney problem...is that constant or just once in a while?
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Karen I hope I am as lucky as you with my new puppy! Sounds like you had it easy
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Can you have both a litter trained and outside dog? I had a young girl at Petsmart tell me that it would have to be one or the other, having both would only confuse them. I don't agree but how does everyone else feel about that?
My Oliver says she is wrong.

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Nanatotwo, you have come to the wrong place for convincing you to not get a Hav for any reason. We obviously think it is worth it. But I will try to be honest about my experiences.

I have two boys who are both house trained. They were not 100% reliable until they were a year old. But, they were very reliable after 7 or 8 months and pretty good at 5 months. Diligence is the key. but now with a 2 and 3 year old I don't give potty training a thought. I have bigger Havs--18 and 21 lb.ers, some have told me that the bigger the hav the bigger the bladder and ability to hold it.

Blowing coat is horrible... but if you are not showing you can keep your dog in a puppy cut. And even if you want a longer coat in the long run, you could consider a puppy cut to get you through the blowing coat stage. Now that they are older I can keep them in a longer puppy cut without a problem and I only brush them 2-3 times a week. when it gets too much for me and them, I cut them shorter. Others on here can tell you better the worked involved in keeping a full coat.

Picky eater... well, yes it is true. But I have one who is and one who isn't. If you are good and never, ever give in, they will eat what is in their bowl. I gave in. but even so...my pickiest has now become a fairly reliable eater.

They are a delightful breed. A big gentle dog personality in a small package. I have been allergic to animals my whole life and it's why I discovered them. I am not allergic to them, and I like their personalities better than poodles (although I am allergic to some poodles) and bishons.

I too knew going in there would be challenges--- but we were ready to take the time and it has paid off in full. Go for it!




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Can you have both a litter trained and outside dog? I had a young girl at Petsmart tell me that it would have to be one or the other, having both would only confuse them. I don't agree but how does everyone else feel about that?
I forgot to bring up the other issue of poop on the hiney problem...is that constant or just once in a while?
Jasper and Cash say she's wrong too. The trick is to have just one acceptable out of the way place in the house that they always go. don't put pee pads everywhere. Also since going outside will come quite naturally to them, we focused exclusively on inside training until they were 5-6 months...then started taking them out too. But we really cemented that this is the place you go in doors first. So much so, that when they were playing outside, my boys would scratch on the door to go in and pee But now, and for about a year...they have not used their inside potty...they would rather hold it.




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Hello everyone!
I hope to get a puppy this summer and have been doing tons of research and reading this forum and have some questions I hope some of you will chime in on.
I've read all about the matting issues, the worst coming in with the blowing of the coat. I'm already thinking I will be afraid to pet my dog! ( joking) Are the matts THAT bad? I will be doing the daily brushing as I plan to keep a long coat but I see pictures of snowy/wet/muddy dogs and sigh.....what to do with this mess now??

Blowing coat stage is not fun. I won't lie to you. However, it lasts for a couple of months, twice in their lives I've been told (and am counting on that ) It hasn't been quite as bad with Bailey as it was with Milo because I learned so much about brushing right and breaking apart those matts from the outside in. Other than that, both my boys have silky beautiful long coats which I love to look at and to pet.

The housebreaking....is it THAT hard? I had a Pomeranian and she was never an issue. I work at home and have always been very consistent with training but as much as I've read I'm wondering if even that will be enough?

Yes and no, based upon my experience. I got Milo at 5 1/2 months and had some bad habits to break him of. And to be fair I got sick shortly after that and coldn't be here for six days and then couldn't be as consistent as I would have liked. With Bailey he all but trained himself. He has always loved to be clean and I got him at just shy of nine weeks. He was fully trained within a very short time.

Picky eaters? I have just finished reading Diane Klumb's book and she brought up the fact that if you let the dog start out being choosey, then it learns to wait for the new food or added treats. My dogs have always eaten what was in the bowl so I've never dealt with a picky eater....is every Hav THAT bad?

Not my boys. In my house I have to be careful not to drop anything because they'll all (four of them) rush to see what might be edible. They love their food.

Other that these three thoughts I think I'm prepared and can't wait to get my puppy!
Thanks ahead for your thoughts on this.
Hope that helps.

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