The Havanese has a soft coat that feels similar to raw silk. Coat expression ranges from straight, to wavy locks, to curly ringlets and everything in between.
Most Havanese have coats that are wavy to some degree.
Certain things affect the appearance of coat wave/curl. As hair grows longer, the weight drags out some of the wave making longer hair appear straighter than it actually is. If the coat is clipped to a shorter length, the degree of wave/curl is enhanced. Grooming also affects apparent wave. A coat that has been wetted and dried naturally will show the most waviness. Heat-drying the hair, as well as brushing and combing, will pull out some of the natural wave.
Petey, owned by Claire Paulson, shows what wetting, drying, brushing, and combing does the appearance of coat wave. In the first photo Petey has been swimming and allowed to air-dry naturally. The second photo shows Petey after grooming where his coat was bathed, blow dried, brushed and combed. Look at how much difference there is in the amount of wave that you see.
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