How to Get a Havanese Puppy in Your Budget
Have you seen a Havanese puppy, with their fluffy fur and round puppy eyes looking at you, and you decided you need to have one? Do you think to yourself: How much are Havanese puppies? Do they need a lot of care and grooming? We need to take a look at all the things that dogs need on a daily basis. The purchase price of a Havanese puppy is quite high and will need to be a portion of your yearly budget to care for it throughout the years. Then we need to take into account any illnesses or unforeseen injuries plus training and dog activities that will cost some additional money. But some people, such as myself, see these special breeds are worth far more than that money be actually spend on them because they return so much love and fun every day.
About the Havanese Breed
The Havanese is a cute and cuddly breed, quite small in size with long and silky hair. They were bred to be companion dogs in the 1800s and has the nickname Velcro Dog because they stay glued to their owner's’ side. They are full of energy and great at sports, so they are easily trainable for tricks, sports, and obedience.
About the Havanese Dog Breed (Source: youtube.com)
Read on to find out a quick summary of a potential cost break down, some toys and food brands that I recommend for your new pup, general tips and tricks for owning a Havanese and more!
Havanese Cost Breakdown
Adopting a Havanese dog from a puppy you will need:
- Adopting/buying cost
- Two collars as they quickly grow
- 1 leash
- Food bowl and water bowl
- Crate for travel, dog shows, holidays and housebreaking
- Grooming supplies such as a brush, comb, nail clippers, shampoo and conditioner for their shiny coat to begin with
- Two sessions of obedience training (recommended)
- Toys such as dental rope and a ball (what I recommend for a Havanese pup)
Then you will still need the following:
- Veterinary care such as checkups, inoculations and medications
- Spay or neuter your dog
- Pet Insurance to help with veterinary costs
- Food and treats
- Possibly a dog bed
Adopting a Havanese Puppy
Finding out how much Havanese puppies are isn’t a simple task because the initial cost can vary greatly. There is a big difference when it comes to the quality of the breed, so the rule of thumb for me is that the more you spend the higher quality breed you will receive.
Cost Breakdown for Buying
Between $500-$1500 are Havanese puppies that have usually been raised in puppy mills or by backyard breeders. This means that the breed has lost its quality do to poor breeding and inbred genetic problems. Plus, puppy mills have the unethical factor to it. The puppies are not loved or socialized in that environment so your new puppy may be scared or already have social and health issues or behavior problems.
Conclusion: $500 to $1500 price is not recommended.
A Havanese puppy for $1500 to $2000 would be how much a Havanese puppy costs from a reputable breeder. A reputable breeder will conduct health and genetic testing on adult dogs that they use to breed. That will be best for you if you need to know that it is purebred or if you want to know the background of the dog you want to adopt. These dogs will have been loved and looked after and bred and raised with high standard. You will find a purebred Havanese puppy to take home! The health and genetic test will guarantee health protection, plus they will have a good temperament and will have been socialized and ready to enter a loving home.
Conclusion: $1500 to $2000 is recommended for a healthy and happy dog
$2000 and up is the highest price point you may pay to get a dog of this breed. They have the same breeding quality as the price point, and characteristics that I listed in Level Two, except this will be a show-worthy breed. If you wanted a Havanese that could be in competitions across the country, then you will need to spend this much to achieve that. When you buy a show dog quality dog, it is because they are the offspring of dog show competition dogs which means that their offspring should be of the same quality. Breeders and dog owners agree that dogs like that are simply worth more.
Conclusion: $2000 to $3000 will be recommended for an excellent quality dog with good health and good temperament, and a dog that could also be in worldwide competitions.
Toys for a Havanese Puppy
I recommend you research and check out reviewed toys online so you can invest a small chunk of change for toys for your Havanese that are trusted and long lasting. These breeds need to chew so what you will find below are toys perfect for chewing.
Here are a few toys I recommend for your new addition to the family:
The Nylabone is a fun and durable, round toy that the dog will love because they can stick their paws in it and chew. Plus, it is a trusted brand and it’s very durable.
The Kong Extreme Goodie Bone Dog Toy is a dog toy shaped like a bone that will last forever. It comes in different sizes so you can purchase the smallest size for your new small dog. It is the perfect treat for dogs who love to chew! It is damage-resistant and you can even put treats inside the toy for an added surprise. I usually put peanut butter inside and my dog goes crazy for it. They are a popular choice for a good reason.
This cute and playful toy is perfect for such a cute and playful dog like a Havanese puppy. It is one of the most popular toys online, and it is made out of a fabric that will last for years to come. My tip is, if the stuffing begins to fall out, just take out all the stuffing and let your dog continue playing with the toy itself.
In general, plush toys and rope toys are great for your dog. I recommend steering clear of rawhide and greenies because they are not good for small dogs! The pieces break off, and your dog can choke on them. If you get plush and squeaky toys, your dog will be very happy, and that will deter it from chewing on your shoes. As I mentioned, they love to chew, so it’s best to buy them a handful of toys as soon as possible.
Taking Care of Their Hair
Shampoo and Conditioner
I highly recommend Espana products: http://www.espanaproducts.com/index.htm
You will need to dilute the shampoo and conditioner before using it. I recommend bath spray with the detangler for extra conditioning. Havanese puppies need this kind of hair treatment.
Comb: I recommend a metal comb with fine teeth such as a Greyhound Comb with one side wider than the other to really be able to comb through all parts of your dog’s fur.
Brush: I recommend a wire pin brush.
A crate is a good idea to keep your puppy comfortable and safe when you travel. I do not recommend plastic crates because they are uncomfortable and the air flow is horrible. A wire coated crate would be good in a small size or about 24 inches by 18 by 21 inches or so.
The Best Food for a Havanese Puppy
Your dog will need the proper nutrition you can offer so it can thrive and be full of energy. Food is of the utmost importance. Overall, buying more expensive food may seem like a wallet-breaker but it will ensure you have a healthy dog that doesn’t need to go to the doctor very often and will smell much better to be honest.
I recommend Wellness Super 5 Mix for Puppies which is a special food for either dogs or puppies depending on which you need at the moment. It is full of authentic ingredients and whole-body nutrition. The kibble is perfect for developing puppies and your new addition to your home will love it! It has the following:
- Natural Source of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) - Promotes Brain Development
- Smaller Kibble Size for Smaller
- Promotes Bone and Muscle Development
I recommend visiting the Wellness website to read how Wellness is superior to other dog food brands. Your expensive little pooch will need some pricier food, to be honest. But it will offer it the following:
- Strong Teeth and Bones- Puppies need the right mineral balance to ensure bones grow at the proper rate. Wellness kibble guarantees that the levels of calcium and phosphorus if perfect.
- Energy for growing. Good nutrition will come with carbohydrates which provide energy. Wellness foods that I mentioned use oatmeal, barley and brown rice because they’re easy to digest and full of nutrients.
- DHA which supports healthy brain development. Research suggests that that important fatty acid helps support cognitive development which is needed for growing and learning.
- Healthy muscle growth- Puppies need a lot of protein to grow so it is best to feed them protein sources like chicken and fish.
- Optimal nutrient absorption
- I always recommend food that your dog loves to eat!
Do you know the dog laws in your community? Leash laws? Licensing laws? What about clean up laws? Those are some other points to think about.
You may want to read up on how to keep your dog safe in your home and how to puppy-proof your home. You can start here: http://www.havaneseabc.com/safety.html
How Much Are Havanese Puppies?
Hopefully, I have given a thorough breakdown of what it means and what it will cost to own a Havanese dog. This show quality breed is beautiful and loving. They are small and simple to have around the house and easy to train so overall they are a no-worries dog, expect when it comes to money.
To reiterate what we have covered here, you will need to consider the following items when looking into owning a dog:
- Adopting/buying cost
- Collar, leash, and food bowls
- Grooming supplies
- Veterinary check ups
- Food and treats
Plus, I always recommend some form of obedience training even if it is one or two classes and I recommend special brands of kibble to fuel your dog each day. You also have to think of unforeseen doctor visits.
You should also consider:
- Adopting a dog may cost upwards of $3000 for this breed
- You need to “do your homework” when adopting so you know who the mother and father are and that the breed is pure
- They are very high maintenance when it comes to grooming
- They are high maintenance if you are training them to be a show dog
- They are big chewers so unless you have an abundance of toys in your house so they don’t get bored, they may eat up your shoes or furniture
The Cutest and Nimblest of Them All!
With all that money talk aside, Havanese dogs are fun, bouncy, cuddly, devoted, gentle, intelligent, loving, nimble, sweet, unique, winsome and tiny little creatures. There is never a dull moment! Or am I just being biased? I think you agree because you are researching the breed.
If you want more information about the breed, go here: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/ because it has a lot of information about the characteristics of the breed which is your next step after budgeting for your new dog. Learn how to train it, love it, and take care of it the best you can.