Havanese are the national dogs of Cuba, where they were originally developed from poodle-type dogs. The result is a small dog, around 10 pounds (4.5 kg), with long, silky fur, a tail that curves over the back and a characteristic bouncy step. Highly adaptable, outgoing and devoted to their owners, Havanese need constant love and attention; they are also eager to please, which makes them highly trainable.
Should you Purchase Insurance for your Havanese Dog?
Havanese are among the healthier toy dogs, usually living to around 15 years. Careful screening of puppies is required to check for heritable eye and ear problems, for which purpose the Canine Health Information Center maintains a database for the breed and issues health certificates. Nevertheless, healthy puppies remain at some risk for developing a variety of heath problems:
- Eye problems: the eyes of Havanese may overproduce fluid, which can cause brown stains to form on the face, and can also trap foreign matter and scratch the corneas. Cataracts may form, and surgery may be required to restore a dog’s sight. These dogs are also prone to retinal dysplasia, a condition in which folds and creases on the retina cloud vision, making affected animals clumsy and accident-prone.
- Dysplasia of the hip and/or elbow: thesedogs may inherit a condition where the hipbone fails to fit correctly into the pelvis, or where the bones of the legs connect poorly. Over time, wear and tear can cause these joints to become inflamed, resulting in pain and restricted movement. The condition can often be reversed with surgery.
- Patellar luxation: the kneecap (patella) of some dogs may become dislodged, causing pain and restricted movement. In severe cases, surgery may be required to reposition the affected bone and connective tissue.
Of course, most Havanese, at least those from reputable breeders, will never suffer from such illnesses, and owners can hope for the best. On the other hand, active and long-lived dogs like these are always at risk for accidents, and are bound to develop conditions associated with aging. So when you put down $1000 dollars or more for your Havanese puppy, consider purchasing at the same time an insurance plan that will take the guesswork out of planning for your pet’s medical expenses.