Health and Wellness

A dog’s health and well being is important to many breeders, Havanese breeders being no exception. There are a number of health tests available breeders can choose to use. Topic include: Spay/Neuter, genetics, health tests (BAER, CERF, Hip Dysplasia, Patella Luxation), holiday hazards, and so much more...

BAER - What's It All About

baer_testingHereditary deafness in Havanese, while only mentioned recently, is not a new problem. Deaf Havanese have been appearing sporadically for years, but breeders… thinking it was an isolated incident, rarely shared the information. This heritable disorder has a complex mode of inheritance . It is not known at this time whether it is colour/ pattern linked as in other breeds with hereditary deafness.

BAER 2 - more information

Havanese, like any breed, can have congenital deafness. Baer testing is the only test accepted to confirm the hearing status of your Havanese. Baer is also one of four required tests for a Havanese CHIC number.  There are two types of deafness found in Havanese - acquired and congenital.

Eye Testing - What's It All About

housebreaking_bell_trainingAn certified eye exam is done by an ophthalmologist and checks for eye problems. Of course everyone knows that genetic testing is important in breeding stock but what about all the others and what about all the pets? At this time, heritable cataracts is a common genetic disorder in the Havanese.

Genetics: Eye Problems

cataractsThe Havanese is generally a healthy long lived little dog. This does not mean he is perfect. Just like every other dog breed, the Havanese is prone to some genetic hereditary disorders. Like other breeds with a very small gene pool, some of these issues may be compounded and widespread. As the breed is still quite young in its rebuilding, some disorders are just now coming to light.

Genetics: Major Organs

Diseases affecting major organs: neurological disorders, liver shunt, and heart disease.

Genetics: Miscellaneous

deaf_test_resultsHypothyroidism, a low thyroid is a common cause of skin and hair problems. Some dogs with low thyroid will show no symptoms at all or only a few symptom, while others show numerous symptoms. Possible symptoms include dry brittle hair, thinning coat and hair loss, dry flaky skin, cool skin, skin infections, weight gain with low food consumption, lethargy and fatigue, irregular heat cycles, infertility, inconsistent bowel movements, heat and cold sensitivity and excessive skin pigmentation.

Health testing - How important is it?

How important is Health Testing? Each individual breed has specific health issues that show up in lines and can be produced in offspring, the Havanese are no different. Ongoing research and proper health screening will help reduce such health issues in our breed. An eye test and patella check are the very minimum you should do.

Healthy Little Dogs

While some health conditions occasionally occur, the Havanese remains a healthy little breed with a life expectancy of approximately 12 to 15 years. 

Authored by: 
Penny Will/Suzanne McKay and published in Dogs In Canada Fall 2009

Hip Dysplasia

HIPS: It has been a long held belief that Hip issues are exclusive to big dogs. While hip dysplasia most often occurs in medium, large and giant breeds, a number of small breeds, the Havanese included, can also suffer from hip problems.

LCPD: Legg-Calve Perthes Disease

Hip dysplasia is the hip disorder that most people are familiar with, but there are other conditions which can affect the hip area. One of these is Legg Calve Perthes Disease, a disorder of hip joint conformation.

Patella Luxation

Real Cute PuppyPatellar luxation is also commonly referred to as kneecap luxation, slipping patellas, slipped stifles or dislocation of the knee cap. Patella Luxation may be congenital (existing from birth) or acquired.