Should You Worry About Your Havanese Shedding?
Havanese dogs are adorable. Everyone knows it. They have silky coats of fur that range anywhere in colour from black to white and red to gold. They are fun, excitable, and the perfect fuzzy companions for just about anyone. However, you may be worried that with all that silky hair comes shedding. Maybe you are allergic to dog hair, or maybe you just don’t want an animal that will leave its hair all over your clothes and furniture. Do keep in mind that Havanese dogs have long hair. Because of this, they will shed a little bit. Not a lot like some dogs, but any animal with long hair is going to shed.
The good news is that the shedding of Havanese dogs can be controlled fairly well. As we said, they don’t lose much of their hair – no more than any ordinary, long-haired dog. But they do need to be groomed frequently and taken care of to ensure their coat remains healthy, untangled, and unknotted. One look at any Havanese dog that isn’t constantly groomed and you can tell straight away the kind of mess that happens. Their beautiful hair gets unkempt and they look, quite honestly, a little homeless. Give your dog appropriate baths, keep up with grooming, and you won’t have much to worry about in the shedding department.
When Do Havanese Shed?
So you are wondering when do Havanese shed?
For such scrappy, long-haired pups, Havanese will not shed nearly as much as people think. It looks like they would because of all that hair, but they don’t.
This is because their hair lives a long and healthy life. This may seem like a silly thing to say, but that’s the science behind it. The Havanese’s hair does not die and fall off their bodies as quickly as other dogs’ hair does. Of course, every animal that grows hair sheds a little, even us humans, but Havanese are exceptional at keeping their hair for longer.
The times you can expect your Havanese dog to shed the most are going to be earlier in the spring and later in the fall. This is the shedding season for your Havanese. You can keep your house nearly 100% free of dog hair even in these two seasons by brushing your dog’s hair with a quality dog brush every day in the morning. It’s a good routine to get into anyway.
Doing this will give you some more quality time with you and your dog, your dog will enjoy it, and you will be happy when no hairs turn up on your black pants. Havanese dogs are particularly popular in big cities because of this lack of shedding. Even when they can’t get outside, it is easy to keep your dog groomed at home in an apartment.
Havanese Shedding and Allergies
Havanese dogs are classified as hypoallergenic. This is because of what we already stated: the dog’s hair will stay on their body for longer. This means less of sneeze-worthy dandruff and hair particles that cause allergies will be floating around your home. Havanese dogs are perfect for people with dog allergies (so long as the allergies aren’t life-threatening), and many who are allergic to dogs love them because of their long hair. Normally if someone is allergic to dogs they are restricted to short-haired breeds.
We have an entire article on hypoallergenic Havanese dogs. Please visit it for more details on how Havanese dogs can work for you and your allergies.
How Can I Reduce Shedding for Havanese Dogs?
Even though Havanese dogs don’t shed very much, especially outside of spring and fall when they shed the most, there are still actions you can take to prevent any shedding whatsoever. You are going to want to brush their long, lustrous hair a lot.
This will get rid of all the nasty dead hairs still clinging to their skin or caught among the living hairs. This activity can be done once a day or once a week. If you keep up with it, there will hardly be a single hair falling off your dog. Also, because the Havanese coat is so silky, you don’t need to fight with the brush. You can gently groom your dog without digging deep in their coat and causing discomfort.
Washing and Shampoo
The shampoo is important. Not just to reduce shedding, but also to keep your dog smelling fresh and looking good. Because Havanese dogs are so friendly and cuddly, we bet you are going to be spending a lot of time with your face (or at least your hands) buried in its soft fur.
If you have young children, they will likely be playing and cuddling the dog even more than you.
By washing your dog with an anti-itch shampoo, you will stop them from scratching and kicking off their otherwise good hairs all over the house. If you bathe your dog just two or three times a year, we suggest doing it in the fall and spring.
Because the Havanese has a double-layered coat, it grows more hair to keep itself warm for the winter. In the spring and fall, it sheds that hair. These are the perfect times to give your dog a bath and stop it from shedding.
Do Havanese Puppies Shed?
They do. However, this is normal. Every puppy from every breed needs to shed their baby fur coat. It’s true for German Shepherds and it is true for Havanese. But this should not worry you. Havanese puppies are even smaller than the adults (obviously), and the amount of hair they shed is negligible. You won’t have a hard time cleaning up after them or even brushing out the dead baby hairs. If you do decide to brush your Havanese puppy, please be careful. Their skin is fragile. You must carefully brush their fur without damaging their skin.
Havanese puppies will begin shedding at around 6 to 8 months. The whole process will take around two weeks. After that, the “puberty” shedding of your dog is over. You never have to worry about it again. At least, not until your pup has puppies of their own.
Do Havanese Dogs Shed Hair?
Havanese dogs don’t shed at all. That is one of the great things about this breed is that they do not shed. I live with a Havanese Dog and I can attest to this.
Do Havanese Dogs Bark A Lot?
Havanese dogs are not really known as barkers. Typically they are not yappy. however like with all dogs it has a lot to do with training and the attention that you give your dog. We have written a whole article about the barking behaviour of the Havanese dog.
Do Havanese Dogs Smell?
Not really, Havanese Dogs are known for not being smelly dogs. The thing with all dogs is that your grooming and cleaning practices are key. You need to spend the time making sure your dog is clean. The Havanese dog is not generally a high maintenance dog and doesn’t require a lot of grooming. It does, however, require some. Our little Nessie gets a bath every 3-4 weeks. We also make sure her eyes and face are clean all the time. She also gets her feet washed if she goes outside in the rain, mud or snow.
It is also important to note that grooming is a great way to connect with your dog.
Are Havanese Dogs High Maintenance?
It really depends on what you consider to be high maintenance. I would suggest that these little dogs do require a medium level of input from their owners, especially in the social interaction part. They are not like a Great Dane that just lays around the house all day. Havanese like to play and regularly want attention. I wouldn’t say that they are needy or always in your face but they do like social interaction, and to be where you are.
Our Havanese sleeps a lot during the day, and when we are home on the weekends still sleep during the day. She usually gets a walk every day and we like to play fetch with her as well.
These little dogs are best suited for families that want a pet that is part of the family.
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