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I have notice that many Havanese owners have tied the hair in a little topnot to keep their hair from covering the eyes. The biologist in me ( I am a retired highschool biology teacher) wonders if the hair over the eyes might act as nature's "natural sunglasses" for the Havanese. Havanese apparently are prone to cataracts and maybe ,just maybe, the hair acts as a natural filter to keep too much ultraviolet light from reaching the eyes...and ultraviolet light is a proven factor in cataract formation..... just my idle musing...not a statement of fact...

David ....PS...I am really not obsessed with health issues...it just happens to be something that interests me....maybe I should have gone into medicine instead of teaching...:)
 

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When Stogies hair is down in his eyes. He CAN'T see. He will run into the wall, or the gates. Its actually not funny, but it is. When Goldie was long, she hated her hair down and would pout until I fixed it. All I have to say
is "Lets put your hair up" and they run over and put their head on my lap.

Ill take a photo tomorrow of Stogie with his hair down in his face, because it really is cute.
 

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I have to admit, they sure look cute with their little bows......but they look cute without them as well...heck, Havs are always cute !

David
 

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Princess doesn't like having her hair in her eyes either.. although she doesn't like me fixing it either. lol
 

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You are right Tom; Juvenile cataracts are genetic. Age related cataracts are related to nutritional or environmental factors.
 

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I asked this question after I got Quincy to alot of different breeders and show people.Leaving the hair IN the eyes can cause irritation,that is why when they are growing out their you put it up as best you can.I'm sure some do not need this as their hair may grow differently,but I was/am concerned over the eyes in particular.When they are adults,there top knots are much longer,providing they haven't been cut,and it was told to me that it is then easier to keep the hair from the eyes,reducing eye irritations.My dog is 11 months old,so I'm just stating what I was told.;)
 

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I have two guys so I am not into top knots and bows .
I have then groomed so they have hair that is short in the front - she does a great job and it is graduated . Auntie Lois does it so it looks lie a natural topnot but no hardware .
My friend Tulip used to wear bows in her hair but now she has more of a Bichon cut as she has the rasta coat . She looks adorable as well . She always looked like she had a headache when she had her bows and ties in . It seemed to make her eyes water .. She is much happier now and she loves to shake her doo for you . So cute !!
Cosmo's bangs did get very long and he did not see as well but he did not bump into things . He seem to manage ok .
I could not see his eyes that well and I like to be able to see their eyes and know when I am getting the whale eye ..
 
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