Havanese is a small breed of dogs, arising probably from the Mediterranean and supposedly were brought to Cuba by boat. There, they are acclimated particularly successful and only years later were imported to the United States. Only in the 70s of the 20th century they became popular across North America, and in the 80's - in Europe (initially only in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands). As already mentioned, this breed is the national dog of Cuba. For the first time Havana Bichon was registered in the AKC in 1995. Puppies for sale are not very popular in Europe or Australia, but by each day this cute dog gains popularity around the world.
Havanese is small in size. It has exclusive soft and long hair. The eyes are dark brown, the ears are dropping, and the tail is lifted. There are two varieties of the color, but it is very rare to see pure white Havanese, more commonly found are light beige or black with different shades. These dogs have a long "beard" and "hair" that falls in front of their eyes to protect their vision. Their height varies from 23 to 30 cm and their weight varies from 3 to 9 kg.
Character and behavior
The Havanese is a small breed with fluffy fur and friendly nature, which makes it an ideal companion and pet. The cute little pup cannot be considered a good guard. These dogs are very gentle and very happy, quite often they act like little clowns and are extremely charming. They possess strikingly fast gait, as if they are floating in the air. Havanese is considered a protector of the family. It does not like to be ignored and unnoticed, always needs attention and affection They are very well known for their obedience and agility.
Training and education
Although tiny, the Havana Bichon is quite intelligent and can easily be trained. This dog is full of energy and enjoys every opportunity to play. However, in all cases, it should be kept in safe places, given the fact that it is energetic, fast and voracious hunter and can run away. It may be hurt by larger dogs, so you should not leave your pet unattended. It has a flexible character and adjusts quickly to any circumstances. These dogs love to jump and play in the garden or indulge in someone's hugs.
In spring and summer a check-up is necessary because the genitals, ears and foot-pad are prone to skin infections that can cause diseases. The lifespan of the Havanese is around 13-15 years.
Grooming and care
The coat of the Havanese requires nothing more than a daily brushing, but should never be cut. It is recommended to provide your puppy with healthy and balanced diet. If the food is mainly made of meat, it is possible to develop a serious eating issues. It is recommended to combine some of these ingredients: fish, meat, vegetables, pasta, eggs, rice, fruit, or cheese. The breed can be grown in an apartment.
Children and other pets
When it comes to children, your little friend will be a perfect companion for the kindly ones. But be careful - rude and clueless kids can easily hurt him. Representatives of the breed get along very well with other animals, but we cannot say the same when there are strangers nearby.
It is interesting to know that the name of Havanese comes from the brown color, and originally this dog was called "Havana brown", as the color of the famous cigars.
Havanese dogs are very trainable, and are widely used as assistance and therapy dogs, to sniffed out termites and mold, and work as a performing artist in circuses.