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The fluffy fur, the cute look and the friendly nature make it Havanese a great companion dog. Here you can find out what makes the popular dogs so unique.

History of the Havanese

As the name suggests, the Havanese originally comes from the Cuban capital Havana. The first similar dog breeds existed in the western Mediterranean region in ancient times.Spanish and Italian sailors brought their little bichons with them to the Caribbean island in the 15th century. The breed as we know it today slowly developed there. The dogs served there as Society dogs for the aristocratic circlesand were intended as gifts for high-ranking guests.

From the 19th century onwards, some Europeans brought the cute dog back home with them from their travels. Even Queen Victoria had a representative of the breed at times. As the century progressed, the popularity of dogs declined and few families in Cuba continued to breed. After Fidel Castro came to power, the aristocrats fled the country with their dogs. With only eleven dogs left they continued to breed in the USA and had to expand the gene pool. The breed got its name because of its origin and the unique Havana-brown fur coloration that occurs frequently. Internationally, the breed is in the FCI Group 9.1 Bichons and related breeds classified.

Essence and character

The Havanese is a curious and friendly family dog ​​who likes to bring joy to his family. He is uncomplicated and adaptable as well as open to other people and animals. Because of this, the breedsuitable for beginners and a great companion in everyday life. The fluffy dogs get along great with children and love to play. They are intelligent and skilled, so they can learn smaller tricks in no time. They are good companion dogs happy to be the focus of the action and do not want to be left alone under any circumstances. They prefer to follow their people always and everywhere. In contrast to some other small dog breeds, the Havis are not barkers and rarely bark in greeting.

Acquisition of a Havanese

What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing?

Before you get yourself a Havanese, you should ask yourself the question whether you have enough time to care for and occupy the little one. Due to its small size, it can be easily moved even in a smaller apartment hold, but needs a lot of exercise. As with any other dog, daily walks are the order of the day with the little Cuban. A big advantage compared to other long-haired dogs is the odorless coat and the lack of coat change. In character he is a good beginner dogbut does not like to be alone. If the dog moves in with you, he would be happy about a holiday with his dog, because he loves to be by the side of his people everywhere.

Don't let the cute Havanese puppy wrap you around your finger.

Raising the puppy

If you have decided on a Havi, it is important to find a reputable breeder. The best thing to do is to look for someone who Association of German Small Dog Breeders e.V. is affiliated and has experience with breeding. Here you can follow the development of the puppy from the beginning until he moves in with you. For a purebred puppy with a health check and vaccinations you can with a price between 1,000 and 1,500 euros calculate. With luck you will also find a good-natured Havanese in the animal shelter who got into trouble through no fault of his own. Here you pay a lower price and do something good at the same time.

You don't need any special knowledge or experience to raise a Havis. The small dogs are very friendly and usually try to please their owner. You still have to be careful not to let the puppy's cute googly eyes and plush fur "wrap you around" your paw. In order to support and encourage the friendly nature of the Havanese, he needs one loving and non-violent upbringing. In order for the dog to know exactly what you are asking of him, consistency is absolutely essential. Also one early socialization and getting used to strange people and animals is very important. Attending a puppy school and later a dog school is recommended so that the little one comes into contact with fellow dogs and obeys.

How do I hold a Havanese?

Activities with the Havanese

Even if the Havanese looks like a cozy "lap dog", he needs a lot of activity. He's standing happy to be in the center of the action and loves it when everyone deals with him. It is not without reason that many circuses use the breed as an attraction. The little rascals learn new tricks with joy and proudly present them. No matter whether ball games, throwing sticks or intelligence games - the active dogs are always there with fire and flame. Daily walks are of course mandatory. But the dog is also happy to have something to do in the house. In summer you should give the dog the opportunity to splash around in a lake and allow yourself to cool off. If you want to do dog sports, you shouldn't overwhelm the lively Havanese, but you can easily inspire him to do agility or dog dance.

The Havanese also needs a lot of exercise.

Health and care

Especially in the first two years of life, the dog's growing coat must be groomed daily so that it becomes lush and silky. Daily brushing is compulsory and you should prepare the dog for it early on. The long-haired dog will still need one later on elaborate groomingso that the hair does not become matted. However, although the fur looks so dense, it is not suitable for protecting against the cold. Since he has no undercoat, you should not leave him outside too long in cold temperatures and possibly put on a coat, but not a disguise. Heat and tropical conditions are less of a problem for the small dog.

Interesting and worth knowing

  • There are short-haired Havanesewhich, however, are not recognized by the general breed standard and are therefore very rare.
  • British author Charles Dickens owned a Havi named Tim.
  • Even if it is hardly to be found on the island today, the breed is considered to be National dog of Cuba.
  • Many representatives of the breed have one spotted bellythat they like to show when they let him scratch their faces.

Do you also have a Havanese or do you want to get one? Tell me in the comments what you think makes it so special!

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