Havenese Dog Characteristics


Hi you all broogas (dog lovers). We are here again with a good research about Havanese dog. Let us have a read…The Havanese dog has triumphed several aficionados with his attractive long, silky hair, expressive eyes, and cuddly size. Raised as a company dog to the Cuban aristocracy in the 1800s, he’s earned the epithet “Velcro dog” because he sticks so adjacent to his owner’s side. The Havanese is teachable and astounding energetic, and has outshined dog sports and canine careers ranging from circus player to assisting the handicapped.

The Havanese dog is also known as Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Habanero, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, and Havanezer and sometimes referred to as Havana Silk Dogs. It is assumed that the Havanese dog is the result of cross between little white dog of Havana regionally pronounced as Blanquito de la Habana and poodle. Bichon is the name for a type of related non-sporting category dog breeds. The word Havanese derived from middle French Bichon which is usually referred to small dogs with long hair.


It is also speculated that the progenitors of the Havanese dog are from Tenerife. The Bichon Havanais, or Havanese, seems to have been descended from a mixture of small, Bichon-type dogs that traveled with Spanish and Italian sailors to Cuba and today, Havanese is the national dog of Cuba.

History of Havanese dog
Havanese dog is not a new breed. It is calculated that it is about 250 year’s old breed. The Havanese breed is older than the American Cocker Spaniel breed. Many dog lovers in the past argued regarding Havanese raising and development. They were confused trying to trace its origin. Was it in Cuba or were in Havanese, in Europe or elsewhere?. But few concluded by deciding that Havanese was raised specially in Cuba and though a few went abroad, with prominent examples going to the Queen of England and Charles Dickens, very few Havaneses took journey outside of Cuba.

If you dig out the history a little you will recollect that Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain in 1492. After that the Spanish settlers started pulling in and began living on the island. With them came their little companion dogs–the predecessors of what’s now the Bichon lineage of dogs.

These dogs interbred and-separated from other dogs by island life, and later, by trade limitations enforced on Cuba by Spain. They started to expand into the Havanese we know today. Their signature coat was thick and silky, which shielded the dog from the tropical sun. The coat is like raw silk floss, abundant, but very light and soft, and insulates against the steamy rays in much the same way that yards of silk sari protect the women in India.

Some still believe, the entire Bichon family of dogs can be traced back to the Tenerife dog, while others theorize that the origins are in Malta, citing the writings of Aristotle, and other historical evidence of the early presence of such dogs in Malta. Regardless of the actual origins of Bichon dogs, these little dogs soon became devoted companions to the Spanish colonists in Cuba and were highly admired by its nobility. With the dedicated breeding and the cross breeding with some new dogs internationally, the Havanese has made itself a special place and you will be glad to know that it is one of the fastest growing breeds of dogs in noted kennel clubs.

Famous for their animated face, they make great listeners. The Havanese is a tender, kind and friendly breed that thrives on human companionship. My friend Havanese often follows him from room to room most of the day, and he becomes too anxious when left alone. Apart from this it’s an intelligent dog as well, and will love making you laugh out loud with goofy stunts.

Height & weight
Male Havanese size – Usually 8 ½ inches tall and weigh 6 – 7 pounds
Female Havanese size – Usually 11 ½ inches tall, and weigh 10 – 13 pounds

Coat colors are white, cream, fawn, red, brown, Orange, silver, blue, and black. The coat may be one solid color or markings in one or more other colors. For example, sable, brindle, black & tan, Irish pied, party colored, Belton, or piebald, black and white. All colored dogs have a black nose and black pigment around the eyes, with the exception of chocolate (brown) dogs, Which may have dark brown pigment on their nose instead.

The Havanese is a toy dog so it is a great dog to play with.

Havanese are generally healthy and sturdy dogs, but they’re prone to certain health conditions. As a responsible breeder, dog owner and a brooger (dog lover) it’s important to be aware of such health conditions.

Hip Dysplasia:
Hip dysplasia is a degenerative disorder in which the hip joint is damaged due to irregular growth and development. Medication includes regular medication, weight loss if the dog is stout, dietary supplements, and sometimes surgical procedure.

Elbow Dysplasia:
Elbow dysplasia is alike to hip dysplasia; it’s a degenerative disease that affects the elbow joint. Same cause as Hip Dysplasia causing the joint to be malformed and weakened. Based on the seriousness of the disease treatment should be given. Mostly the medications are similar to Hip Dysplasia like surgery, weight loss, and regular medication.

This is a genetic disease that’s normally mislabeled as “dwarfism.” In this disease dogs have abnormally short limbs. If severe its normal to crippling. In less severe cases, dogs can live long healthy lives, but any breed of dog with this disease should not be bred. Apart from the above, there are several severe disorders and abnormalities that may affect this dog. We hope you yourself will google for the sake of your dog out of love to know. We are giving names of the diseases to help you in search process. They are

Legg-Perthes Disease
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Shunt
Heart Murmur
Mitral Valve Insufficiency etc

Care Tips

In spite of its size, it has got ample amount of energy to play and run around. A hard stroll or an active game will keep this dog healthy and happy.

Since this dog is prone to tangling and matting the coat needs to be thoroughly combed at least twice a week. Many pet owners clip their dogs into a 1-2 inch long “puppy cut” for ease of maintenance.

If they go out in the snow, ice clumps will stick between their paw pads; just rinse off in warm water or buy booties. When you give them a bath, make sure to dry. Havanese can wear a topknot or small braids to keep the hair out of their eyes during everyday activities. You should also comb their hair out after bathing, Use low heat to protect their sensitive skin as hot air can damage the skin. A cotton ball can be placed just inside each ear before giving bath to prevent excess water from entering into its ears.

Owners comment
The Havanese dog gets much attached and is very loyal to their owners. The Havanese dog is not a yappy kind, but will alert its owners about approaching people. Usually acknowledging that you have heard their alert is enough to make them stop barking. Some have strong closeness issues, as I told you earlier as these are “Velcro dogs” means they are following dogs. They will come back of household members everywhere, even into the bathroom.

Truly, you should consider taming one, as this breed is the most TRENDIEST, friendliest and popular companion breed of our era.

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