Havanese dog - A small dog breed.
Havanese dog - good natured, and very affecionate
The Havanese dog
is a member of the Barbichon family, a name which was later shortened to Bichon. They originated in the Mediterranean region, perhaps on the Island of Malta. Spanish traders brought some of them to Cuba to give as gifts to Cuban women. The Havanese dog
became very popular not only as a pet of the wealthy but also as a performing dog in circuses and became known as the Havana Silk Dog and as Habeneros. Those that were exported back to Europe were known as White Cubans. Eventually, the popularity of the Havanese dog
declined, not only in Europe but even in Cuba. The Cuban revolution was very unkind to the Bichon Havanese
dog, this symbol of the elite class, and so the numbers shrunk to near extinction. Some Havanese dogs subsequently were taken to the US by three families. It is believed that the Havanese dogs of today are descendants of those dogs rescued from the revolution. Nearly unknown prior to the 1970s, the Havanese dog has been shown in many European countries particularly Scandinavian shows.
Height: 8½ - 11½ in. (22 - 29 cm) at withers.
Weight: 7 - 13 lbs. (3 - 6 kg).
Other Names: Bichon Havanese
Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 years.
The Havanese is a sturdy short-legged small dog breed
with a soft profuse untrimmed double coat. Trimming of the coat is not permitted except for the feet. The coat type rages from straight to curly, but the wavy coat is preferred. The curly coat is allowed to cord. The coat can reach 6 to 8 inches in length (15.2 - 20.3 cm). All colors are permitted, ranging from pure white to shades of cream, champagne, gold, black, blue, silver, chocolate or any combination of these colors including parti and tri. No preference is given to one color over another. The dog's gait is unique as it steps out in a lively springy gait, emphasizing its happy and friendly temperament. Havanese dogs are fairly high energy dogs requiring an average amount of exercise. They are very playful and very affectionate. They like everything and everyone, from other pets, strange dogs, and especially children. They are surprisingly good watchdogs, but too friendly to be considered seriously for protection. Grooming requirements are average and as with all soft coated dogs, should be brushed and combed to avoid matting. A Havanese puppy
would make a good addition for the right family.
Want information on this small dog breed
, the Havanese dog
, and breeders who might have a Havanese puppy for sale
? See the Havanese dog breeders
. If no nearby Havanese breeders
, see the Cdn Havanese club
, Havanese rescue
or the US Havanese club
, Havanese rescue
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