Havanese Facts

Havanese Facts
Havanese is a type of toy dog that belongs to the Bichon family. It originates from Cuba. Havanese is a descendant of today extinct "little white dog of Havana". It was created at the beginning of the 19th century to serve as a companion dog for aristocracy. Havanese was brought to England, France and Spain few decades later where it instantly became popular among royalty and noblemen. As a result of lack of interest in this breed during the 20th century, Havanese nearly went extinct. Luckily, popularity of this breed is growing slowly but steadily over the past few years, as well as the number of Havanese in the world. Most of Havanese that live outside Cuba today are descendants of 11 dogs that have left Cuba together with their owners in 1959, as soon as Cuban revolution started.
Interesting Havanese Facts:
Havanese can reach 8 to 11 inches in height and 7 to 13 pounds of weight.
Havanese has long, silky, straight or curly coat that can be solid white or black, or multi-colored (combination of colors such as: black, white, tan, sable, mahogany, dark brown, grey...). Its coat is thick and designed to provide insulation from the sun in areas with tropical climate.
Havanese has sturdy body, short legs and fluffy tail curled over the back.
Havanese can be easily trained due to natural intelligence and eagerness to please its owner. It was used in circuses because of its natural clownish nature and ability to perform various tricks.
Havanese is affectionate dog suitable for families with children and other cats and dogs. It barks at passers-by, but friendly welcomes guests.
Havanese is also known as "Velcro dog" because it often "sticks" to the family members and follows them even to the bathroom. It enjoys the company of people and it can suffer from separation anxiety when it is left alone for long period of time.
Havanese is suitable for the life in the apartments. It likes to climb on the sofas and kitchen tables and play with all kind of paper (especially toilet paper).
Havanese is active breed that requires plenty of exercise and long daily walks to stay healthy and satisfied.
Havanese can achieve good results at the competitions in agility, obedience, musical canine freestyle and flyball.
Havanese is used as therapy and assistance dog and to detect termites and mold.
Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria were proud owners of Havanese.
Havanese doesn't shed much, but it needs to be brushed each day to prevent formation of mats.
Havanese gives birth to 4 puppies on average. Puppies like to eat their own stool (which should be removed as quickly as possible to prevent this bad habit).
Havanese can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia, cataract, deafness and cardiac disorders.
Havanese has an average lifespan of 12 to 15 years.

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