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Examples of Short Coat Havanese (Shavanese)

Shavanese are Havanese with a recessive gene for a short hair coat. The short hair Havanese is a registered purebred dog.

Some Havanese carry a shorthaired recessive gene. If two adults with this recessive gene have a litter of puppies, it is possible that some of the puppies will be born with smooth coats. A Havanese with a short coat cannot be shown and is a disqualification in the show arena, meaning it would not be allowed to participate in a dog show, however it is not a medical factor and in no way affects the dog itself. A short-coated Havanese looks very different when full grown than a long-coated Havanese. Some have nicknamed the Havanese born with short coats Shavanese. Around 1980, several German breeders started finding odd-coated puppies in litters along with regular Havanese. As these pups matured they did not grow full coats like their other littermates. They had feathering on the skirts, tail, legs, chest and ears—the rest of the body hair was close lying. They oddly enough grew up to have smooth coats. Breeders got together and found that this was happening in other litters of Havanese and was not a chance genetic mutation in one single litter, but something carried in a lot of Havanese as a recessive gene. These dogs were called smooth-coated Havanese, but have picked up the name Shavanese somewhere along the line. The short-coated Havanese are not showable or breedable, however they are perfectly healthy.

A neutered Havanese with a shorthair recessive gene; these dogs shed and are not hypo-allergenic.

Examples of a short coat Havanese puppy (Shavanese)

 

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A long coat Havanese (left) playing with a short coat (right); both 9-week-old puppies are from the same litter.

 

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Short coat Havanese playing with child

"I have had the opportunity to meet a short coat Havanese, although I have never bred one. This is a fault and the breeder spayed and neutered the sire and dam and all the puppies. This is not a preferred trait; short coat Havanese shed and are not hypo-allergenic. You can see this dog is structurally sound and well put-together, and this is not a serious medical fault, but this is not what a Havanese is supposed to look like."

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Short coat Havanese

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Short coat Havanese

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Short coat Havanese front

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Short coat Havanese rear

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Taya, a 7-week-old Havanese puppy with her long coat growing in—at 7 weeks, it becomes obvious that the shorthaired (pictured below) facial hair is not growing like Taya's above.

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Rambo, a 7-week-old Shavanese (shorthaired)—the brown pigment on this pup’s nose and eye rims is also a serious fault in the show ring and not acceptable on a champagne color dog. It would only be acceptable if there was a 1" square patch of chocolate color on the coat.

 

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Rambo, a 7-week-old Shavanese (shorthaired)

 

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Rambo, a 7-week-old Shavanese (shorthaired)

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Sammy the shorthair Havanese puppy at 9 weeks, submitted by Mavis and Don



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This guy is extremely sweet and his owners are so, so pleased with him. Sammy is so incredibly entertaining, they could charge admission each day just to watch him perform.

Havanese Puppy Dogs

Dam and pups from this litter are all spayed and neutered.

 

Havanese Puppy Dogs

This is Sophie, a normal longhaired Havanese. She is a littermate to Sammy the Shavanese, shown above. Photo courtesy of Heather

Example of a Havanese born with short hair (Shavanese)

Example of a Havanese born with short hair (Shavanese)

 

A short coat (Shavanese) next to a long coated (Havanese)

A short coat (Shavanese) next to a long coat (Havanese)

 

A short coat (Shavanese) next to a long coated (Havanese)

A short coat (Shavanese) next to a long coat (Havanese)

 

A short coat (Shavanese) next to a long coated (Havanese)

A short coat (Shavanese) next to a long coat (Havanese)

Sammy is a full purebred Havanese with a short coat (nicknamed Shavanese). A short coat is a fault in the Havanese written standard. These dogs still make wonderful companions. Unlike the long coated Havanese, Sammy's coat does shed.

Sammy the Shavanese (short coat Havanese)

 

 



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