Havanese puppies are lovely dogs with plenty of love and affection to share. They’re fast and love to play, and pick up tricks rather easily. In fact, they’re considered one of the smartest breeds of dogs due to their ability to pick up commands quickly. They love to impress their owners, so make sure you give them a long stroke and a treat.
Havanese puppies can have curly or straight fur, but their coat is always incredibly soft to touch. Moreover, they actually don’t shed hair so you won’t be vacuuming every day for the rest of your life! The main thing to note about these puppies is that they love attention and being around people, so they don’t like being left alone for too long.
If you’re looking to purchase or adopt a Havanese puppy, but don’t know how much they’re likely to cost, we’re here to discuss it for you. We’ll be looking at how much the initial cost is, as well as the additional costs that you’ll face down the line.
How Much Are Havanese Puppies?
There are a few factors that can change the price of Havanese puppies, but generally, you’re looking at around the $1000 to $1500 price mark from a breeder. This price may increase or decrease depending on where you’re situated, the individual breeder, and the age of the puppy. Older dogs tend to cost less, so if you can bear to miss the tiny phase, you might be able to get a cheaper price.
If you’re deadset on purchasing a puppy, you should make sure that the breeder is trustworthy and has the correct certification to be a breeder. If not, your money may not be protected if there is anything wrong with your puppy. It’s imperative that you know the medical history of your puppy before any money is transferred, and preferably you’d like some proof of this.
The above information is considering purebred Havanese puppies. If you find an equally cute puppy that is half Havanese and half another breed, you may also be able to get a lower price. Purebred dogs are normally more expensive than a crossbreed. If you’re choosing a purebred puppy, make sure that you get proof of this as well. We’d advise asking if you can see both the mother and the father when you go to view your new puppy.
Additional Costs After You Choose Your Puppy
It’s not difficult to see why these gorgeous puppies are rather expensive, and if you’re planning on buying one, you’re going to need to be aware of the additional costs that come with owning a puppy. Havanese dogs live for 13 to 15 years, and you’ll be expected to spend money regularly on your puppy during that time.
Before even getting your puppy home, you’re going to need to buy the necessities such as a bed, food and water dishes, toys, leads and collars, and a car harness. Soon after you get your puppy home, it is advised that you take your puppy to the vets to get a checkup done. Here, you’ll get their first vaccinations, and their first flea and wormer treatments.
Altogether, this will cost around $450 to $500. This doesn’t include the cost of microchipping, which you should also get done at the puppy’s first or second veterinary appointment. We haven’t included this price as different veterinary practices offer it for a range of prices, and some offer deals for the different vaccinations and microchipping to bring the cost down.
Once you’ve taken care of the initial additional costs, there are still other expenses to consider. We’ll look at these below with a rough estimation of how much they’re all individually likely to cost.
Perhaps the most consistent expense, your Havanese puppy will always need enough food in his bowl. Luckily, this breed is quite small and therefore won’t need as big portions as larger breeds, but you’ll want to make sure that you’re choosing a high-quality brand of food.
Healthier foods will cost a little more, but we think the slight increase in price is worth it when you see your dog happy and healthy. Dry kibble will be cheaper than wet food, but you’ll need to determine what your puppy likes the most. It’s advised that puppies have more wet food when they’re younger.
A good thing about choosing a puppy is that they don’t eat as much as older dogs, so the cost of food will be lower until he starts growing bigger and older.
Puppies need regular check-ups at the vets to ensure that they are healthy. You may also need to pay for extra routine vaccinations as well. A purebred Havanese puppy may be more likely to run into some health issues down the line, much like other purebred dogs.
To keep peace of mind, we’d advise paying for a check-up once a year to make sure everything is fine. These cost around $250, but if you add the price of dental check-ups and testing, this cost could increase to around $700 to $1500 a year.
This price will increase as your puppy gets older as more mature dogs tend to run into health issues more commonly. Pet insurance could really help you with this cost, so it’s well worth looking into when considering buying a puppy.
Similar to the medical expenses, you need to consider the preventative medicines and vaccines that you’ll need to pay for. These include dewormers, flea and tick treatments, and other parasites that your puppy might be susceptible to. It is also not uncommon for owners to give their Havanese puppies vitamins to ensure great health. It’s best to budget at least $100 for these measures.
Unexpected emergencies can occur at any time in a dog’s life and, although we hope for never, it’s best to keep some money back so that you can pay for these should they occur. Your puppy may need surgeries or suffer from a chronic illness, such as cancer.
Non-surgical emergencies can cost around $2,500, whereas incidents, where your puppy needs surgery, could leave you with a bill of up to $5,000. It’s worth noting that insurance and healthcare financing could help you out here, but to be safe we’d suggest putting some money aside every now and then.
Toys and Other Necessities
Now let’s move onto something a little more cheerful, shall we? Toys are essential for a puppy as they need a way of getting all of their energy and excitement out. If you don’t have time to go on multiple walks every day, toys are a great way to keep your puppy entertained and busy for a couple of hours.
Not to mention, who doesn’t love playing with puppies? Toys are an excellent way for you and your new Havanese puppy to bond and spend time with each other.
Other necessities include things like beds, collars, and leashes. Puppies love to play with these things so you should expect to have to replace them every now and then. How much all of this costs really depends on your budget, as you can get both inexpensive and expensive beds and toys.
Just bear in mind that sometimes cheaper products are lower quality than the expensive alternatives.
Havanese puppies are notorious for having a luscious coat made up of long and thick fur. This means that they’ll need to be groomed regularly to keep their coat looking impressive and silky smooth.
Having said that, Havanese puppies can be either short-haired or long-haired, with the former having less demanding grooming needs compared to the latter. In fact, long coats often need to be brushed once a day to prevent it from matting together.
Short-haired Havanese puppies need to be bathed once every two weeks, whereas long-haired puppies need a bath once a week. You can either groom your dog at home or take them to a groomer, but the former choice will obviously be much cheaper.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to take your puppy to a groomer every other month to ensure their coat is healthy and not uncomfortable for them. The groomer will also be able to cut the puppy’s nails and check their teeth.
Training your puppy can be a long and grueling process when you realize how much you have to train them in. Where they should go to the bathroom, what they can chew and what they can’t, and where they can sit and rest are just a few things you may want to teach your puppy.
This can be taxing and some dog owners simply don’t have the time, which is where training school comes in. this costs around $300 per year, but it depends on how long you keep them in the school.
Pet Sitters and Walkers
Speaking of not having enough time, you may need to out your puppy in boarding or pay for a pet sitter while you’re out at work. Similarly, if you don’t have time to walk your dog enough, you might want to pay a walker. Boarding can cost anywhere from $20 per night, and pet sitters often cost a little more.
Dog walkers are similarly priced, although it depends on the person. Puppies need shorter walks than bigger dogs, so the price might be lower for your Havanese puppy. Overall, for all of the pet sitters and walkers over one year, you might expect to pay around $5,000.