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Choosing a puppy...tearing considerations

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I'm new to the forum and a soon to be a new Havanese owner (I can't wait!). I'm interested to know people's thoughts / experience on tearing and the staining that can occur. From what I've read there are lots of different reasons tear staining can occur but as a first time dog owner it's making me think about whether I should choose a puppy with a darker face in case tearing becomes an issue. I see lots of your photos of beautiful light faced Havanese and I don't see any tear stains. I do love the light faces but I'm a bit concerned... Any advice for this newbie?
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We have 2 light coloured Havs Dizzie and Nellie.Dizzie is 22 moths old and doesn't suffer from tear staining, although when he was about 10 months old he went through a short faze of it,only from his left eye,the vet did a tear duct test by using some dye,from which she could tell his tear duct in his left eye is smaller than on the other side, the only time this is a problem is when the weather is either very cold so makes the eyes water or if there is a higher than usual pollen count.Then I use a little cornflour[corn starch] in the corner of his eye and this dries up his tear so we don't get any staining.We do the same with Nellie she is only 8 months old so still teething and sometimes this can cause staining,but it is easy to keep it at bay by using the method I just mentioned.I use a toothbrush to put the cornstarch in the corners of the eyes, it is also good for keeping them clean around their mouths.

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Welcome to the forum. I wouldn't worry about it at all. Many more things to worry about. Don't forget to introduce yourself once you get your dog. Search for thread called "Introduce Yourself " part 2 . Pick the best dog. Here's some help There are plenty of links in that article. Lots of valuable information.

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I have had a total of four Havanese in my life (3 living). Two ended up being champagne and one had significant tear staining, the other does not have staining. I have two black and whites and their eyes do not stain. So this TOTALLY unscientific review had 25% stain probability!

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For me, the worst thing about the tearing is it STINKS and that doesn't matter if its a dark dog,their face will still stink.
I take care of her eyes and keep drying powder on them, I particularly like this Pawmarks powder I bought a dog show and the Eye envy (?) powder. It is basically corn starch and it dries out the fur.

The stains do not come from the tears, technically. (the tears are clear like ours) they come from the fur staying wet for long periods of time. If you keep the area clean and dry, it shouldn't be a problem.

I've noticed the tearing for Gucci is allergy related and happens more in spring/summer when there is a higher pollen and ragweed count, like now..her face is totally dry....unless she's blasted with a cold wind, and even then..a cold wind would make my eyes water

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hello! I agree with what everyone is saying! I had some of the same concerns when we were hunting for our Hav.. and then Tillie litterally "fell" into our laps and hearts, she does have some tear staining, but with her heart and her personality, it's a small price to pay!! I am going to try the corn starch... i was thinking to do Angel Eyes, but it is so pricey!
Good luck and we look forward to hearing more about your Hav search!!
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I have to agree with Kara. I'venoticed that the more I take care of Kodi's staining, the less noticeable it is. Also, it is worse during an allergy season.

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I agree with all of the others. My girl gets staining everytime she is on an antibiotc its from yeast, it only does it in one eye. I too keep the area dry.

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Thanks everyone for your feedback and suggestions...very helpful! I'll be sure to introduce myself and post photos in the spring when my little one is expected to arrive.
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The only one of mine that I had an issue of tear staining with was Milo and thankfully, it never stunk. It didn't look great, but at least I could still kiss his sweet face. When I kept the hair out of his face is was much easier to deal with. The other two have no had the problem at all.

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