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Oliver is 6 months old

He is such a love! I’ve never had such a cuddly, sweet dog (though my kids are always yelling, “Oliver WANTS you, Mommy!” to the point I feel like I have another baby). He’s growing out of biting (people, but their clothing is a work in progress). And potty training is going great. We haven’t had an accident in a long time.

A couple of things. We are doing his first groom on Tuesday and I’d like to keep him in a puppy cut, though I’ve met two Havanese owners so far that had their dog’s hair cut VERY short and I don’t want the groomer to do that. We got a referral for a mobile groomer from our neighbor that comes highly rated but they have big dogs. I’m attracted to the whole mobile part, lol. His hair is getting long but it’s not super curly. It’s much thicker than I realized though.

Which brings me to my second question. I bathed him the other day and was actually worried he’s too thin. He’s 8 lbs but honestly without the hair he looks so fragile. My husband had said he felt really thin but I didn’t notice till the bath. I increased his food, but he’s kind of meh about eating in general. I know 8 lbs isn’t small, but for his body I think it might be. He’s already 9.5 inches tall. The vet wasn’t worried at last check, though. I just want him to be healthy.
I’m attaching a bath pic so you can see what I mean.

Third question! Haha sorry. I know there are a lot of conversations about Hav weight, but I’m interested in what age your dog was when they reached their full height?

The other two pics are my son holding him at 11 weeks and today at 25 weeks. And him about 30 min after bath, blow dried 🙂
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Cute photos!

Our groomer recommended that if we ever decided to give Shama a puppy cut we have the groomer cut her to three inches with scissors and leave the ears and tail long. We haven't ever cut her hair.

Here's a thread about the coat of the Havanese:

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Eight pounds for a six month old seems good to me since Shama only weighs 8.5 pounds now, at age four. Our vet said she should not gain any more weight as she has a small frame. She said you should be able to feel a dog's ribs when you touch her sides. DH and I think Oliver looks fine in your bath photo.

I don't recall when Shama reached her full height. Her fluffy coat definitely makes her look heavier than she is. Attached are three photos from her first grooming session when she was three months old as well as a photo taken two summers ago. We only have that one photo of her in the bath . . .

Enjoy your little one! He'll grow fast!
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I remember being shocked at how tiny they looked in the bath. Huge difference when all that fluff is wet. He doesnít seem too thin to me either. Just keep an eye on it if you are concerned. He is a beautiful little boy.







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They look sort of like drowned rats when wet. LOL! All of mine were a bit skinny as adolescents and all filled out after a year.
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Oliver is a beautiful boy and looks perfect to me!



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Oliver is so cute. He doesn't seem too thin to me. I went back and looked at Loki's weight over time. He weighted about 8 lbs at 6 mos. and slowly gained through about 2 yrs. when he leveled out at about 14.5 lbs.

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A couple of things. We are doing his first groom on Tuesday and Iíd like to keep him in a puppy cut, though Iíve met two Havanese owners so far that had their dogís hair cut VERY short and I donít want the groomer to do that. We got a referral for a mobile groomer from our neighbor that comes highly rated but they have big dogs. Iím attracted to the whole mobile part, lol. His hair is getting long but itís not super curly. Itís much thicker than I realized though.

At first the groomer scissor cut Loki to about 3Ē. When he went through blowing coat, I went shorter because he matted everyday. He is a cotton ball - hopefully, Oliver will be silkier. Because he still mats, I keep him about 1 1/2Ē. The groomer has never cut his ears or tail and we keep his beard longer. I like that he looks like a grown-up Havi and I can keep up with ears, tail and beard.
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Oh thank you guys for the reassurance! I
Swear this is like worrying about an infant lol!
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Cute photos!

Our groomer recommended that if we ever decided to give Shama a puppy cut we have the groomer cut her to three inches with scissors and leave the ears and tail long. We haven't ever cut her hair.

Here's a thread about the coat of the Havanese:

https://www.havaneseforum.com/6-gene...nsulating.html

Eight pounds for a six month old seems good to me since Shama only weighs 8.5 pounds now, at age four. Our vet said she should not gain any more weight as she has a small frame. She said you should be able to feel a dog's ribs when you touch her sides. DH and I think Oliver looks fine in your bath photo.

I don't recall when Shama reached her full height. Her fluffy coat definitely makes her look heavier than she is. Attached are three photos from her first grooming session when she was three months old as well as a photo taken two summers ago. We only have that one photo of her in the bath . . .

Enjoy your little one! He'll grow fast!
I love those pics! Shama is adorable!
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A couple of things. We are doing his first groom on Tuesday and I’d like to keep him in a puppy cut, though I’ve met two Havanese owners so far that had their dog’s hair cut VERY short and I don’t want the groomer to do that. We got a referral for a mobile groomer from our neighbor that comes highly rated but they have big dogs. I’m attracted to the whole mobile part, lol. His hair is getting long but it’s not super curly. It’s much thicker than I realized though.

At first the groomer scissor cut Loki to about 3”. When he went through blowing coat, I went shorter because he matted everyday. He is a cotton ball - hopefully, Oliver will be silkier. Because he still mats, I keep him about 1 1/2”. The groomer has never cut his ears or tail and we keep his beard longer. I like that he looks like a grown-up Havi and I can keep up with ears, tail and beard.
Aww Loki is so cute!!! I love all the hair types on Havanese, and the lengths. I feel like I’m spending more time picking out a hairstyle for this dog than I do for myself lol. What age do they start getting a lot of mats? Is that in the blowing coat stage? Oliver doesn’t have very curly hair, and I don’t usually have much trouble combing through it. I get a few mats at the feet, which definitely need trimming. I’m waiting for this to get worse!
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