Havanese Question

We were told our 7 month old puppy was a Shih Tzu but the groomer said he is Havanese which by...


We were told our 7 month old puppy was a Shih Tzu but the groomer said he is Havanese which by all accounts he does seem to be but at 7 months he weighs 17 lbs and is larger than any of his siblings. Is this normal for him to be larger?

    In Havanese - Asked by Anonymous - 12/17/2011 10:28:25 AM
17 lbs is a very large havanese. It has to be a mix. As far as the confusion of the breeds, a Shih is easy to identify by the pug nose and the buggy eyes. The havanese will have a longer nose and large almond shaped eyes. 17 lbs for either breed is way outside of standard.
    Answered by grandhavanese - 12/20/2011 10:05:20 PM


Not true! We have 2 Havanese...both from the same local breeder and are brother and sister. She is a little female weighing only 13 pounds and he is a big male weighing in at 23 pounds! He is the picture perfect Havanese, but is a big boy for the breed! Your dog is not a mix! Sometimes they can grow larger than normal! My male has been larger since day one and we've had him since he was 9 weeks old!
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/24/2011 8:44:40 AM


We bought 2 havanese from a reputable breeder in New York. One is a male and his sister. The female is 13 pounds and her brother is 24 pounds! Both are from the same parents which I am certain of. Sometimes the male especially can grow much larger. It's not all that common but it does happen.
    Answered by Anonymous - 5/22/2012 9:27:16 AM