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Hair Cutting Not For Havanese

May 16, 2010 Leave a comment

One of the easiest dog breeds to train due to it playful nature, is the Havanese. With its start in Cuba, the Havanese is considered a cooperative student during training and will welcome instruction as it aims to please its owner. Although small in stature, it does not present itself as being fragile. Its sturdy frame and seemingly endless energy make the Havanese standard one of the most sought-after toy dogs for pets.

From its beginnings in aristocracy, it has worked as a faithful companion, a child’s playmate and watchdog. It is also a popular breed for showing around the world. It is usually not aggressive and will seldom bark unless playing, but will sound a vocal alarm is approached by a stranger. Usually a simple word from its owner, however will quiet the animal quickly. Its eyes and often-unkempt facial hair may make the animal appear to be mischievous.

In the show ring, Havanese standards are strict and non-forgiving, especially when it concerns the dog’s coat and eyes. The eye rims of all Havanese dogs feature a ring of black. The rim pigment of the chocolate-colored Havanese is chocolate in color as well and any other colors will disqualify an animal from competition. Even a slight discoloration of the black or brown eye rims is unacceptable.

Although the coat of the Havanese breed can be smooth, curly or wavy the length is what marks the Havanese standard for competition. Tight curls in short hair is not acceptable and long, wavy hair is preferred. The coat should not be trimmed for competition, except around the feet and the pads on the paws to create a neater appearance. If any trimming is done around the anal area or the genitals for hygienic purposes, the trimming cannot show when the dog is standing in presentation.

Because the breed does not shed it hair onto the floor, it falls into its under coat, as well as any dander, and it will require daily brushing to remove any loose hair and to keep the animal’s skin healthy. Despite the fact the animal always looks well-groomed, it is not unusual for it to jump into a pile of leaves and roll around playfully.

During a show, the Havanese gait should be fluid and natural on a loose leash. It will heed the commands of its handler willingly as it is put through the competition’s paces. The breed is one that seems to appreciate being taught new tricks and is anxious to proudly show off new ones.

The Havanese standard about this special breed is quick to point out that the Havanese is a quiet, happy dog and is eager to make new friends. Their attitude is one that invites new friends in both the animal and human kingdom.

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