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Many of you know I am writing an academic level writing and research paper this semester. I am focusing on the Havanese dog breed. What other points would you all focus on? I need 10 pages. Any ideas would be helpful!


Below was my submission to my instructor.

"Why can a Havanese dog so difficult to own?"

I will touch on the HSD controversy within the paper as it is a part of the Havanese story, grooming needs, the breeds potential separation anxiety, but also on the major health concerns one should know about before they think about the purchase of one these dogs. I know there are several health related issues that have come up with in the breed. There needs to be proper education to avoid pet shop and puppy mill dogs. Where to go to find a responsible breeder as the popularity soars within the breed. The breed is not perfect, and not for everyone. I hope that is what this paper will assist in making educated not emotional decisions about the Havanese breed.

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I might touch on interaction with others, other dogs, the desire to be around others and some of the difficulties in potty training that some of us have. Which is odd seeing as how they are so darn smart. lol

Your paper sounds neat I'm certain you can kick out 10 pages on this fabulous breed
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Can you offset with positives - especially those not realized by many non-Hav owners such as hardiness, agility training, etc. (Would help fill space?). Or maybe fact & fiction? (i.e., in the words of President Obama "girly dog")

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I would say for most of my dog friends who love Dora and Dash- they can't believe how velcro they are. That they really want to be with you all the time. I don't think they really have separation anxiety (maybe Dash a tad) but not destructive but if you haven't owned a toy dog, the being on you or against all the time can be overwhelming. I am sure with the number of posts, 10 pages should be no problem

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Many of you know I am writing an academic level writing and research paper this semester. I am focusing on the Havanese dog breed. What other points would you all focus on? I need 10 pages. Any ideas would be helpful!


Below was my submission to my instructor.

"Why can a Havanese dog so difficult to own?"

I will touch on the HSD controversy within the paper as it is a part of the Havanese story, grooming needs, the breeds potential separation anxiety, but also on the major health concerns one should know about before they think about the purchase of one these dogs. I know there are several health related issues that have come up with in the breed. There needs to be proper education to avoid pet shop and puppy mill dogs. Where to go to find a responsible breeder as the popularity soars within the breed. The breed is not perfect, and not for everyone. I hope that is what this paper will assist in making educated not emotional decisions about the Havanese breed.
1. Havanese breeders are one of the best for doing health testing according to OFA www.offa.org statistics.

2. Havanese are true velcro dogs and can experience seperation anxiety.
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To answer the question....as with all puppies, they are babies and need to be watched all the time because they are constantly putting things in their mouths that do not belong in their mouth.

They are companion dogs and love company, so be prepared to entertain and to be followed around all the time.

They are not outside dogs.

Grooming is a must! Start grooming/brushing while the puppies are young if you plan on keeping the hair long or be prepared to make monthly trips to the groomer for haircuts.

Havanese will alert you to strangers/noises, but they are not a watch dogs. They are very friendly dogs.

Puppy teeth are sharp, so I would be afraid of some children under 3 or 4 years of age would be nipped or bitten by the sharp teeth.

They are very small dogs when young and I would be afraid some children under 3 or 4 would squeeze/hold them too tight.

New pet owners need to understand the runlikehell moments, so the pup is not blamed for crazy wild like behavior.

Patience is a must for this pet owner.

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Ha, I forgot all about the runlikehells! Yea, a heads up on those would be wise. So they don't think the dogs head will begin spinning and tapioca will spew out of their mouths!

Thanks for the Offa stats, that will lend some great credibility!

I was even thinking of going into the differing between boys and girls. I have to get all ideas before I even begin to write! It is torture, why did I take this class again, oh yea, I thought it would be fun

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Because I teach statistics, I would add a section on the economics of owning a Hav. The upfront price would go a LONG way into the adoption and vet bills of a pound rescue, Second Chance rescue, etc. This comparison of purchase price for differing breeds or differing adoption situations would be interesting to me. Also, maybe, the economics of health testing for breeding vs. companion dogs, too.

Gee, the more I write, the more of a geek I sound!

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Oooh, I thought of something else. I would also discuss the variability within the breed for size (and other variables if you wish like temperament, health, coat color,....)

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