Havanese are non shedding, however this does not mean no maintenance. The hair on a Havanese grows all the time. As a result, all Havanese require some sort of regular grooming regimen, even if the coat is kept short. Puppies should be brushed and combed about three times per week so that they become accustomed to being groomed. Havanese that will be professionally groomed should start visiting the groomer while they are still babies, so they can become accustomed to the noise and activity.

Please do not wait until your dog is matted to take it to the groomer. Not only is that irresponsible behavior for any Havanese owner, but it is not fair to the dog. Long, de-matting sessions are very uncomfortable for the animal. Havanese owners must commit to a regular grooming schedule in order to comfortably maintain their dog. This includes Havanese, which have short haircuts. The timing between sessions will vary considerably, depending upon whether the dog is cut down, or in full show coat, but whatever the schedule, it should be kept on a consistent basis.

Full-length coats on adult Havanese can usually be maintained by regular brushing and combing. Never brush the coat dry. Always use some kind of conditioning spray prior to brushing. Depending upon the coat texture, Havanese in full coat may need to be brushed two to three times per week. Full-coated adult dogs should generally be bathed every one to two weeks. Puppies and adult Havanese with short haircuts can usually go longer than that, but, as a general rule, should probably be bathed at least every two to three weeks. Responsible breeders will provide detailed instructions on grooming and coat care when you pick up your puppy.