The Havanese is a small, sturdy dog of immense charm. The native dog of Cuba is loved by many for being a friendly, intelligent, and playful companion.
If you are looking for a puppy that is hypoallergenic, good in apartment, gentle towards children, loves staying on your lap.. then scroll down!
Bred to be royalty lap dogs, Havanese puppies are extremely rare in Singapore and we are extremely honored to have the opportunity to welcome our precious babies from our esteemed Havanese breeder in Germany!
All our puppies grew up in an extremely loving home with family, children and the rest of their litter mates. They are confident little puppies who are very used to cuddles, kisses household noises, and are excellently socialized since birth.
All our parents are fully DNA tested and are negative for all genetic diseases that each breed can potentially carry.
Havanese are dogs with personality! Other than their cute shaggy look, there are a number of characteristics unique to this adorable breed you should consider if you’re thinking of giving a Havanese pup a home in Singapore.
It’s not surprising that the Havanese have become so popular over the last few decades. They are happy and affectionate dogs, they are full of energy and highly trainable too! Havanese are often called a “ Havana silk dog” because of their luxurious silky coat. They come in a variety of colors as well as parti-colors and tri colors. While you may see an abundance of them on social media they are actually one of the rarer breeds, not just in Singapore but around the world!
Most definitely! A Havanese is one of those breeds that don’t require much exercise, they thrive in apartment settings and quickly get accustomed to the city life Singapore has.
FUN FACT: Our Havanese breeders bring the puppies from the countryside on city trips to get them used to city noises and even get trips to the mall!
Havanese are a relatively old breed that came from the Bichon family. They were originally Tenerife dogs that were brought to Cuba in the early 1500s by Spanish farmers and noblement. They then developed into Havanese in Cuba with little to no outside influence, later in Havana they were popularized by Europeans into a family pet when they discovered them while vacationing in the country. This adorable little dog quickly became popular among British, French and Spanish nobles.
When the Castro revolution hit Cuba, Cubans who fled to America brought with them 11 Havanese dogs who became the origin family of all the Havanese we see today!
A Havanese coat can either be straight or wavy, they have double coats that feel luxurious as silk. Unlike their Bichon cousins, Havanese come in a variety of colors ranging from gold, black, champagne or chocolate. You’ll even find combinations of colors in parti-colors and tri-colored Havanese, they are drop dead gorgeous!
Havanese are able to catch on to things or commands quickly, they are an intelligent breed who always wants to please!
However, you’ll find that an intelligent pup will try and find an easier way to do things. Puppy eyes and gentle begging can be very effective and your smart pup will learn what makes you give in during a training session. While it may sound adorable, this is the time to be firm and consistent.
Training is a long-term commitment and being firm and consistent is the first step to ensuring a well behaved Havanese. You have to enforce rules and establish who is in-charge.
As a puppy, your dog’s brain resembles a sponge, they absorb lots of information quickly but as babies their memory retention isn’t as strong. This is where being consistent is crucial! Keep training sessions short and consistent, this way you’ll find your Havanese learning a multitude of playful tricks!
Now for potty training! One of the first things you will want to do when you bring your new puppy home. When they first arrive home, set up a pee tray next to their sleeping area in a playpen. This setup is crucial in beginning your potty training process. Puppies have the ability to not want to soil their personal space and learn that the pee tray is the correct peeing spot.
Reward your pup with treats and/or praise when they pee and poop correctly! If they make mistakes, soak up a bit of their pee in a tissue and place them under the pee tray for them to sniff their way to do their business on the pee tray next time!
Patience and consistency is key when training and when that is paired with positive reinforcement, you are already set up for success in their doggy training! Have fun!
Havaneses are lively dogs as much as they are cuddle bugs and require a well-balanced diet to stay healthy. Natural diets with as little processed foods are the best for any dog in the long-run.
Puppies nutritional needs are best met through a traditional kibble diet. Kibbles are packed with micronutrients that puppies need to grow. Once your dog reaches adulthood, you can consider switching entirely to a home-cooked diet but do make sure to consult your vet first!
Once a week you can include home cooked foods like chicken breast (good protein), carrots, broccoli (good vegetables), sweet potatoes (good carbohydrates) and salmon (oils for a shiny coat).
As a relatively small breed, obesity and plaque build-up are serious issues. Never overfeed your Havanese kibbles and treats. Follow the recommended proportions for their size and weight because things can turn ugly quick if they get a little too chubby. Dry foods like kibbles also promote good oral health by removing plaque off teeth during consumption.
Pro tip: Use 50% of their kibbles for training!
Grooming is an important issue to consider when thinking of getting a Havanese. Havaneses are great for those of you with allergies because they hardly shed, they lose the same amount of hair as a human. But this means they need regular brushing.
It is important that you start to get your Havanese used to daily brushing. Do it playfully and reward him/her with treats, slowly, this will become a relaxing part of your dog’s routine.
Puppy fur tends to be softer, as your Havanese reaches 2 years their fur can tangle into matts more easily. Depending on the condition of your Havanese’s coat, you will need to brush it daily or once every two days. If you find a knot, spray a little more detangling spray onto the area and gently use a brush to loosen the knot.
A simple two-sided pin or bristle brush works amazing along with a detangling spray. You can easily find them online or at pet stores. Happy brushing!
Very important !!! Never shave a Havanese’s coat. Havanese have undercoats that should never be shaved or cut. Keep an eye out and remind your groomers, once an undercoat is cut their fur will grow back coarse and never the same.
Remember comfort is key while grooming, pay attention to cues that your dogs may give you that will indicate stress or discomfort. We hope that these grooming tips were helpful in fluffing up your pup!
A Havanese should shower once or once every two weeks. Just remember overshowering can be just as harmful as not showering enough. You don’t want to overstrip your Havanese of their natural oils because it can lead to itchy or dry skin in Singapore humid weather or cause them to overcompensate in oils and give you a greasy dog (Yucks!)
When you give your pup a shower make sure to get in there down to their skin to get them smelling fresh all week! Exposing your Havapoo to the world of showering should be a positive one. Start from the bottom and work your way up to their heads and don’t directly spray water on their face, you can take breaks, give treats their first-time for them to build a positive association with their weekly showers.
A Havanese’s silky coat will need brushing to free them of matts before their shower. After their shower, brush and brush again to give them a gorgeous blowout. Make sure that your Havanese is completely dry because Singapore’s humidity can give them hot spots (Ouch!)
Pro tip from our groomer: Mix one part shampoo and two parts water in a squeezy bottle for easy soap dispensation! Happy showering!
Unfortunately nail trimming isn’t the most enjoyable so choose a spot where your dog is relaxed and you can hold him/her in your lap as you trim their nails.
Cut at an angle and take your time, making sure you don’t clip beyond the quick which is the blood supply and nerve that nourishes the nail. Consider taking breaks in between, giving them a treat and comfort before continuing if it’s their first time. Trim your puppy’s nails once a week or take a visit to the groomers.
With long-haired dogs, it is important to make sure that their paw pads are well trimmed so that they don’t lose their grip on slippery floors. You can use a paw shaver that is perfectly safe or have it done at the groomers.
You should brush your Havanese’s teeth 2-3 times a week to prevent build-up of tartar and prevent bad breath! Tartar builds up can lead to gingivitis (the early stages of periodontal gum disease). This will cause rotting and the falling out of their teeth if not caught early.
You can use a toothbrush or finger brush to clean your Havanese’s teeth. It is also important to get your vet to check their teeth and gums health regularly
Some of these health issues may seem daunting but this is not to scare you! We know you love your dog and want to keep you informed of the common Havanese are at risk for and hopefully tailor habits that can prevent future predictable risks!
This is a general consensus from veterinary practitioners and researchers, doesn’t mean that your dog will get them, it just means that there are more at risk for them that you should watch out for.
Ultimately, we believe that sourcing from ethical breeders is the first step to giving your puppy a happy and healthy life!
Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease: tends to affect smaller dog breeds like the Havanese. Dogs with this disease have insufficient blood supply to their femur, causing it to deteriorate. This can then make them prone to patellar luxation that happens when their kneecap dislocates. It can range from mild (causing small problems or arthritis as they age) to severe (that may require surgery to correct). Although genetic testing can be done, patellar luxation can present itself due to environmental factors. A few of the things you can do is to stop your dog from climbing stairs or jumping down from places at home like the sofa.
Congenital deafness: can be screened for using a BAER test, a genetic test that our breeders perform on parents before breeding. There is no treatment but dogs can adapt to deafness better than humans can, the best thing to do is to source from ethical breeders!
With that being said, sourcing a Havanese from a reliable ethical breeder/pet shop in Singapore is the first step to giving you and your pup the assurance for a healthy and happy life.
Our breeders have spent generations in the business and Havaneses are one of their specialties with a breeding goal of healthy puppies and happy parents! We are proud to be working with ethical breeders from Germany who bring us the most gorgeous and sweet tempered Havanese pups to Singapore.
If you are looking for a Havanese puppy in Singapore, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more!
Fun fact: All our breeders are trained to raise our puppies with Early Neurological Stimulation when puppies are in their early developmental stage. These exercises were originally developed by the US military to “wake up” the puppy’s neurological system. Bet you’ve never heard of this before in Singapore!