Havanese has a particularly long and soft coat. But the coat of the Havanese brings with it special care requirements which can be time consuming. It is important to understand what is required to keep the Havanese coat in good condition so that before purchasing the dog you know what will be required of you.
The coat of the Havanese is long and when it is well groomed it is straight and attractive. This coat must be brushed at least twice a week if it is to remain tangle free. A coat which is not brushed will become matted and uncomfortable for the dog. Dead hairs also collect in amongst the Havanese coat. Brushing removes these hairs which is much nicer for the dog. Havanese is often reluctant at first to be brushed. Ideally you should start brushing your Havanese from a young age so that they become accustomed to the treatment. Havanese can grow to enjoy being brushed and it can also be a relaxing and enjoyable activity for the owner as well. Havanese needs a lot of attention and love. Brushing your Havanese is an opportunity for you to bond with your dog and a chance for your Havanese to feel loved and attention. It is important that when you are brushing your Havanese coat that you avoid being too rough. Rough treatment can lead to irritation of the skin.
It is also important that you bath your Havanese on a fairly regular basis in order to maintain the condition of the coat. You need to bathe your Havanese about once a month unless they are particularly dirty for some reason. You should use a pet shampoo and conditioner on the coat. You may require a specific pH level for your Havanese so you should consult with your veterinarian before you shampoo and condition them. Bathing is an activity that many Havanese dislike however like brushing given time they usually get used to it. Once you have washed the coat of your Havanese you will need to dry it. Use a towel and gently pat the Havanese dry. Then use to a blow dryer to make sure that they are fully dry.
The important thing with grooming your Havanese is to make sure that you do so on a regular basis. Havanese is an indoor dog so are not as prone to getting dirty as an outdoor dog. However your Havanese needs exercise and is an energetic animal and as such you should be taking them for regular walks outdoors and in the park. While this is healthy for your Havanese it is also an opportunity for them to get dirty. Grooming can become an enjoyable activity for both you and your Havanese. You should not look at like a chore but rather as an enjoyable time that you can spend with your pet. Also if you regularly groom your Havanese they are more likely to become accustomed to the process. This means that will behave better which can enhance the experience for both you and the dog.