I was also told that after bathing they have to be left in a wire crate with a dryer blowing on them for a LONG time or the cords will mildew, stink, and even rot and fall off!!!!
Yeah, what I read was that you should add a tiny bit of bleach to the bath water (the same amount used to purify drinking water) to prevent the cords from mildewing, soak them up to their chin for about 10 minutes, bathe them just like you would hand-wash a sweater, squeeze out all the excess water, wrap in towels to help absorb as much water as possible, put in a wire crate with a big blow dryer for about 2 hrs (being very careful to make sure your dog isn't overheating, has plenty of water, etc)....Yes, that does kind of sound like a pain. However, that's just once a week, and the only part that requires your effort is just the washing, and towel-drying. I think that overall, it would probably save time for most people.
That's interesting though about how you said it looks/feels close-up. As I said before, I've never seen a Havanese in real life other than these that we rescued. I love the way they feel--so soft, warm, and cuddly--so I do wonder if I'd like that corded feel or not
. I just wish that I knew if the issues with Pepper's coat are due to her coat's natural texture, or if this is a temporary stage that's going to pass