The Havanese, the national dog of Cuba, is a lesser known breed that was originally trained to be a circus dog. Havanese pups are known for a bounce in their step and a winning personality.
Known more as a show dog, these adorable pups come with a high price tag.
With their long silky hair, bouncy step and a tail that curves around the back, Havanese are smaller dogs typically weighing around 10 pounds.
Known to be outgoing, Havanese require a lot attention but are easily trainable.
If you’re considering bringing a Havanese into your home, you might want to prepare for the costs that come with it, not only initially but for the duration of your pup’s life.
What Is The Cost Of A Havanese?
As with any dog, the answer isn’t that straightforward, but a Havanese tends to cost from $1,200 to $1,700.
Of course, the price depends on which breeder you go to and if your Havanese is bred from known show dogs or just normal Havanese puppies.
If you go the breeding route, make sure to find a reputable breeder so your dog stays healthy throughout his life.
Look for a breeder that will allow you to meet the puppies’ parents, spend some time with your pup and not looking for the quick sale.
A top breeder will have all your puppy’s information, an AKC certification and information on the health of your puppies’ parents.
Make sure that your puppy has had all the initial medical checkups before you take the puppy home. This is one way to offset some of the initial costs.
Health Issues Associated With Havanese Dogs?
As with any pure-bred dog, there are some common health issues to consider. Of course, like any puppy, your Havanese will need vaccinations.
Some of the common health risks that are common in Havanese are eye issues, joint dysplasia, some have heart defects and even deafness.
If you are spending the money on a Havanese already, it would be worth seriously considering pet insurance.
While it’s not always ideal to pay money every month for dog insurance, it will save you in the long run, particularly with a breed like a Havanese that is prone to health issues.
And, of course, that pet insurance price needs to be factored into the total cost of a Havanese.
The Havanese typically have a lifespan of 15 years, which is wonderful, but it also means more money for a new Havanese pet owner.
Grooming your Havanese is an additional cost if you want to keep your Havanese clipped and groomed properly. Or, well, like a Havanese!
You can groom your Havanese on your own, but it can tend to be difficult because of their silky fur.
A groomer can also make sure that your Havanese pup’s hair hasn’t grown into or around the eyes. Of course, shop around and get recommendations for the best groomer with the best price.
Most pet salons will give you a discount for multiple visits.
Even if you groom your Havanese monthly, you will still need a good brush to keep the coat from tangling. And there’s the home bathing to add to your pup’s grooming schedule.
A weekly bathing is typical for a long furred Havanese. If you keep your pup’s hair shorter, count on bathing your Havanese every other week.
And grooming your Havanese’s fur isn’t the only grooming that needs to be done. Havanese are known to have nails that grow really fast and teeth that need dental care. Yet, another expense to consider.
Because Havanese are smaller dogs, they don’t eat as much as some of the larger dogs. But, of course, you want the healthiest food for your pup.
As with any dog, the healthier the food, the healthier your dog will be in the long run.
Finally, we have to consider the other items that the dog needs over its life for a happy, healthy time within the family home.
Toys and Treats
Of course, you will need to purchase leashes, beds, toys and treats to keep your dog happy and healthy.
And, when you aren’t walking your Havanese, these little social breeds need a lot of attention. If you aren’t there to give it to them, you will need some toys to keep them occupied.
Havanese are wonderful, playful pets but not a low-maintenance dog.
When you take into account the initial cost of a Havanese, their health costs, grooming, food, toys and treats, a Havanese can be an expensive addition to your family.
But, they will certainly bring your family a lot of joy.