Grooming and Apparel




Havanese are a non-shedding, hypoallergenic breed, but they do require regular grooming.  They will need to be taken to the groomers or cut at home every few weeks (unless you choose to keep their hair long, which requires daily brushing).  They will also need a bath every couple of weeks or more, depending on the season and how dirty they get.  I personally love Chris Christensen grooming products, which can be ordered online from Wheatley Wares. (Wheatley Wares store is located in Ancaster, Ontario). The tear-free shampoo is great for puppies. You will also need a hair brush, nail clippers, and a toothbrush. If you intend on having a professional groomer groom your dog, it’s a good idea to book early as, in my area at least, they are booking several months in advance. If you plan on grooming your own dog, you can get some good tips from the book “From Nose to Tail” off the Havanese Fanciers of Canada website.


Collars and apparel:


Your puppy will be pretty small still when they head home. The RC Pets collar in size xs should fit them (you can get them at Rens Pets) or something of a similar size.  Some people prefer harnesses to collars, and if your puppy is prone to pulling on a leash, a harness can be preferable. The JettaJacks  Fluid Motion Harness is an excellent brand. They would likely start in the smallest size available and grow from there. I’ve also heard good things about the Rogz fast-fit harnesses for cats (a good transitional harness for when they are still tiny puppies). 

Hurrta is my favourite winter jacket brand. At full size they will likely be the 12” size, but will be smaller at first of course. If you live in an area where they salt the sidewalks, it’s recommended to use boots on them. Getting them used to this early on is a good idea. Some people find getting the little balloon style booties and adding a pair of socks underneath so the hair doesn’t get pulled, works the best.