Havanese dogs hail from Cuba and boast a thick, silky coat that doesn’t shed too much (and makes all the pups in the neighborhood jealous). The texture of the coat does tend to vary—from straight, to wavy, to curly—and it can range in color from white to black.
When left alone, their coat can easily grow six to eight inches long (and it grows quickly), so you’re going to want to trim it every six to eight weeks. Their hair also tends to naturally form mats, so take extra care with grooming to keep it tangle-free.
To help you decide on the best cut for your pup, we’ve gathered up a bevy of adorable options for you—pick the one that you think complements your unique, wonderful dog.
Top Havanese Hairstyles
Regardless of the cut you choose for your Havanese, we know that their incredible coif is part of what makes this breed so much fun. It’s up to you to decide what style best suits their personality, and what’s the best match for your lifestyle, family, and wallet.
Does your dog dislike being brushed?
Many dogs love to be brushed, but not all do. And unless they got a lot of practice with it as puppies, they may be suspicious when you first introduce them to the brush. Approaching brushing slowly, with positive, non-threatening interactions, is more likely to result in a smoother grooming routine. Here’s how to get your dog to accept—and perhaps even enjoy—brushing:
- Before you even set brush to fur, let your pup make friends with the tool. Start by placing the brush on the ground and throwing high-value treats around and on top of it, encouraging your dog to investigate the funny new object at their speed.
- The simple act of reaching for your dog with the brush can be scary for some dogs. Next, work on reaching out with the brush to very lightly touch your dog’s body with the edge of the bristles. Each time you reach out with the brush, immediately follow it with a high-value treat. Be sure to take extra care (and time, if needed) when brushing around the ears, legs, and genitals.
- When your dog is comfortable with step 2, move on to brushing the fur. Start lightly, alternating each stroke with a reward. Over time, work your way up to pressing more firmly and brushing for several strokes in a row.