In writing about Havanese care, inevitably thoughts of Havanese owners turn to the thoughts of little paws pattering along the floor. Resist this temptation unless you are blessed with incredibly healthy, friendly dogs that meet the breed standard and a really big pocketbook. Although Havanese information suggests that because of their rarity, Havanese pups will be assured of a home, this is not always the case. Profit should never be a motive in Havanese breeding.
There are a lot of puppy mills out there still, sadly, and even Havanese are in such mills. These puppy mills supply pet stores. Never sell your pups to pet stores, as this supports puppy mills. Puppy mill Havanese puppies are usually very unhealthy, which puts a bad name on all Havanese breeders. It is your responsibility to provide Mom, Dad and pups with the best vet care possible AND to offer a warranty on your pups.
Get Mom to your vet and carefully follow his or her advice. You can great free Havanese information on care of Mom on websites, chat rooms and dog-related forums. There are also library books on all breeds about breeding and giving birth that will apply to Havanese. Gestation lasts for about 63 days. It is normal for a bitch to run a low fever 48 hours or less before the big event. Usually, Havanese are very good at giving birth and caring for their pups all by themselves.
Warning signs you need to look out for include a bad smell from the bitch, extreme disorientation, red and hard breasts, going off the food, straining unproductively for over four hours without a pup in sight. If you don’t know who Dad was, the pups might be bigger than Mom’s birth canal. All Havanese information says they do very well under Cesarean section. The pups should nurse within an hour of being born.
Giving birth and raising the puppies to eight weeks of age is the easy part of Havanese breeding. That will go by really fast. The puppies will need to go to the vet when the vet recommends. They need tests and their first shots before they can be sold. Now comes the hard part – getting the pups to their new homes. Hopefully, you have a waiting list by now, but advertisements on dog web sites should gather interested buyers.
You need to vet your pup’s owners just as much as the pups needed vetting. Do they know what they are getting into? Do they need any extra Havanese information? Have they a vet that can give them a character reference? Responsible Havanese breeders have a clause in the contract that if the buyer has to give up the puppy for any reason, even when the dog has grown up, you will take the grown pup back.
The article was written to share a vast amount of experience relating to small dog breeds, including Havanese care and breeding. This author is currently working on a book about small dogs, including a section covering Havanese information