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The Havanese, a beautiful dog with a long coat

We admire it for its beautiful and long coat. We love it for its liveliness and dynamism. We love him for his joie de vivre. The Havanese is a pet dog par excellence that will become a real ray of sunshine for the whole family.

Characteristics of the Havanese

Of small corpulence, the Havanese measures between 21 and 29 cm and displays a weight varying between 4 and 5 kg. This dog full of grace and elegance reveals a medium sized head with a flattened skull and a slightly accentuated stop. Its face is recognizable among a thousand by the expression of "small beaten dog" with ears with long bangs, which are carried high but reach the level of the cheeks. The Havanese also reveals rather large almond-shaped eyes that are dark, even black. The beauty of this breed lies in its long, abundant, flat or wavy coat with a silky texture. It is rare that the coat is pure white. It can be black, fawn, brown or reddish brown. The standard admits the presence of spots with these colors.

History of the Havanese breed

Belonging to the family of the 4 breeds of Bichons, as well as the Curlyhaired Bichon, the Bolognese Bichon and the Maltese Bichon, the Havanese is native to a city of sunshine: Cuba. It is said to have been introduced in the 17th century by Spanish and Italian navigators. Because of the very different environment between Cuba and the European cities where the dog comes from, mutations have been observed making the animal more massive, robust and rustic. It is said that crossbreeding with water dogs and the Italian Bichon led to the Havanese, which was not officially recognized as a breed until 1963 by the FCI.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Havanese

A charming animal, the Havanese often shows itself at its best to continually seduce its masters. He is especially known for his cheerfulness and his joy of life. It enjoys playing and becomes a perfect companion for children. But he also knows how to stay quiet when necessary. This affectionate dog will make families happy. He is also attentive and alert, which is why he can act as a warning dog. Moreover, the Havanese is intelligent and relatively easy to train if you know how to be gentle and firm with him. Compared to his lifestyle, he is an indoor dog that does not need too much physical exercise. Regular walks will suffice.

Nutrition and main health problems of the Havanese

Thanks to the selection carried out on this breed, this one is rather robust. It fears nevertheless the cold because of its undercoat little developed. It can also be affected by certain frequent diseases such as congenital deafness, cataract, or Distichiasis which is an anomaly of the eyelashes. Her kneecaps as well as her teeth should also be watched. In addition, the Havanese adapts to all kinds of food which must be nutritious and not too heavy.