Short Hair Havanese
Many other breeds have different types of coats and often compete in the
show ring only against dogs of the same coat type. They could have a
curley coat, cords, smooth coat, a wirey coat, a short or long coat, or a
The Havanese Breed, however, is known for its long, beautiful,
free-flowing wavy coat. Their coat texture ranges from cottony to silky;
from slightly wavy to curly and even corded.
The coat should be “profuse and slightly wavy with a natural part on the
back, or corded.” The Havanese you see
in the AKC show ring today all have ironed coats severely parted with a comb by
the exhibitor. It is not allowed by the
Havanese Standard, but the AKC judges have ignored this, which is why I no
longer show my dogs to AKC judges. What
a shame that a breed that is so naturally beautiful would be allowed to become
so over-groomed. I predict they will
eventually become as groomed as the Shi Tsu, Yorkie, and Maltese. By doing this, the professional handlers
force the owner-handlers out of the show ring as this requires hours of
grooming. Judges allow it, because they
were once professional handlers and give the awards to the wrong end of the
Some Havanese carry a recessive gene for a short
coat. In order to produce a puppy with a
short coat, both parents must carry this recessive gene for the short coat.
Whether you have long hair or short hair, you are the same person, and so are
the short hair Havanese the same purebred dog in every other way. The short coat is very desirable to pet
owners because the dog will pay for itself in a few years in grooming cost
savings! The short coat will shed some
and, therefore, is not hypo-allergenic, so if you do not suffer from Asthma or
allergies, this little dog would be a great option.
The puppies' coats in the same litter (below), all look
about the same in length and thickness until they are about 5-6 weeks
old. At that time, there are distinct differences in the coat.
There are ear fringes and a longer clean, less hairy muzzle.