Your Havanese's coat can be bushy, silky or fluffy, and has a natural tendency to form mats. If left uncut, his hair grows to about 8 inches in length. Styles for your Havanese range in length and level of difficulty for upkeep, and all depend on your personal preference.
Let your Havanese's coat go natural and develop cords, also known as doggie dreadlocks. The Havanese coat naturally develops cords -- matted ropes of hair -- if left on its own, or you can “train” it to cord yourself after bath time. It can take up to two years for the cords to form properly and the only way to stop the process is to shave your pup, so this isn't a style to choose without research or dedication. Seek the help and advice of an experienced groomer or Havanese breeder to get your pup's locks looking appropriately rope-like.
If tending to your Havanese's poofy, mat-loving coat isn't appealing, or if you prefer an easier style, the ever-popular puppy cut may work. This cut works on just about every breed, and never fails to make the pooch look down-right adorable no matter what his age. It involves a short cut all over, essentially making him look like a puppy. The final overall length depends on personal preference, as you can go as short as just an inch or so, or leave it slightly longer for a more teddy bear style.
Braiding and Top Knots
No one likes to run around blinded by their own hair, and your pup is no different. If you choose to leave his head hair longer, you'll need to pull the strands back so he can see. Two popular methods are the top knot and a braid. The top knot is simple, pull the hair back into a little ponytail, whereas a braid is a little fancier. Braids require some additional time and patience on your part and the dog's, as it can be tough to get all the parts even and looking good.
If grooming isn't your favorite part of dog ownership, you may think cording is the most advantageous style. It cords on its own so you don't have to do much, right? Not necessarily. Cording may not require regular brushing, but you still need to bathe him regularly, as often as twice a week in the first year. Each cord also must be thoroughly dried so it doesn't grow mildew inside. Playtime takes on a different tone as well, as any twigs or dirt that get trapped in the cords aren't as easily removed. Cording isn't for everyone, as this style requires more attention than leaving it straight or cutting it short.
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