Teddy Bear: I didn't realize Havanese could shed. I guys any animal with fur or hair can shed but I always read Havanese are non-shedding. Does Teddy shed a lot?
Teddy does shed quite a bit (similar to a jack russel but not as much as a pomeranian - i think). That was a little disappointing but I think it may have to do with him possibly not being a a pure Havanese. I paid double price on condition that he is pure breed and the breeder claimed to have valid proof which I now doubt was authentic.
Teddy is a little larger than the standard Hav (15 inches high) and weighs around 11kgs (which is slightly above the Hav size guide I found online). I suspect he is a possibly cross between Havanese and Japanese Spitz (Spitz are extremely popular here so that's a likely guess - no way to know for sure as they dont do dog DNA tests here and even the vet laughed when I asked....).
Hav's have just started turning up out here and were almost unheard of 3 years ago! I think the breeder thought he could cash out by claiming that his pups were pure breed and me not being an expert or having seen a pure breed Hav before, believed him.
He was so cute - it didn't matter if the breeder told me he wasn't pure breed, I would still have picked him (and possibly paid the same price)!
All dogs shed. Even pure breed Havanese will shed but the pure ones probably wont shed as much as Teddy. Teddy doesn't shed as much as other dogs like pomeranians or GSDs so its still a positive issue.
BTW, I had a human friend stay with me for a week and she shed more than Teddy! lol.
As you are thinking of getting a Hav, from my experience with Teddy (all his characteristics - except the shedding and weight/size) is identical to most Havs, I can only say that I've grown up around pomeranians, GSDs and golden retreivers (and a jack russel) but these are the unique pros/cons I find with Teddy:
- They are extremely smart (they try to train you too so beware - Teddy knows how to get me to give him treats!!)
Its so easy to teach him tricks (only doggy biccies required....)
- Very friendly with people and other dogs
- very loving dogs who love to please their owners
- If trained (or corrected early enough), they can be quiet dogs - perfect for apartments
- Separation Anxiety
They get attached and can suffer from separation anxiety (I've had to hire a full time help to keep him company when I am at work but he stays alone for a few hours before I get home) - he doesn't seem to notice if I am away when he has my mom's dog for company (but we live in different cities so I cant drop him off every day).
Teddy would initially follow me to the bathroom or cry at the door if i didn't let him in but he's now ok as long as someone is in the house or we give him a chew toy (or nylabone) before leaving.
- Sensitive (maybe just Teddy)
They can tell the tone in your voice and get quite upset if you are angry with them. Just like a child, you may have to pamper them back to normal if they get yelled at (maybe Teddy has just trained me to do this but he does sulk a lot when yelled at - usually for breaking into the laundry basket and taking my socks to play with)
- Grooming (high maintenance!)
The biggest (and only disadvantage) with a Hav is that they can need a lot of grooming unless you keep them in a cute puppy cut. I work long hours and the pet sitter wont brush him properly and it takes too much time to keep brushing him as he runs away every 5 mins (he gets bored) and I have to talk him into sitting for yet another 5 mins! so I'm planning to get him a puppy cut once the weather improves.
Even if I could go back in time and chose from all the other breeds that I had when picking Teddy, I would still pick him. Havs are gorgeous, happy-go-lucky dogs that generally have a fabulous personality.
Even if I get home upset (maybe a bad day at work), he always has a way to make me smile (or would come and sit on my lap and try get a cuddle). With the exception of my Golden retriever, I've not seen any other breed (based on my previous dogs that I had growing up) that are actually concerned about whether or not you are happy!