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One of the most elegant and beautiful dog who is also the national dog of Cuba is – the Havanese. They belong to the Bichon type of dog breed and shared a common ancestry with an extinct dog species known as the Bichon Tenerife. The Havanese is known by many names such as Blanquito de la Habana, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Havaneser, Bichon Habanero, Havanezer, Bichon Havanais, Velcro dogs and the Havana Silk dogs. These dogs probably originated in the Western Mediterranean region.

These dogs initially were bred and raised by some of the higher class families of Cuba. When these pet owners moved to USA during the Cuban revolution they were unable to bring their dogs along with them. However, late in 1970s, the American Kennel Club became interested in breeding this group of dogs and finally gave them recognition in 1995.

Havanese – At a glance

The following list of general and physical characteristics will help you to get familiarized with your Havanese dog: -

• Breed type. Pure breed (belong to the Companion or Toy group of dog breed and have been registered and given recognition by various organizations such as the American Kennel Club, New Zealand Kennel Club, Kennel Club of Great Britain, Continental Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America Inc. North American Purebred registry, Inc. and many others.

• Height: They are medium to

tall heighted dogs. The average height of males is about 9 to 12 inches whereas the average height of females is about 8 to 10 inches.

• Weight: Males have an average weight of 10 to 14 pounds whereas females have an average weight of 7 to 10 pounds.

• Life Span: Their average life expectancy is 13 to 15 years.

• The coat is soft and silky and may have a curly or straight texture. Many owners want their Havanese to have trimmed hairs for ease in grooming.

• Available coat colors: White, Gray, Black, combination of black and tan, sable or a mixture of other markings or colors.

• They can give birth to 2 to 9 puppies at a time.

Temperament and Personality traits

It’s very obvious that these little creatures are loved by many because of their cute and magnificent looks. They can mingle well with children and other pets.

These dogs are used as therapy, assistance, sporting, and tracking and as performing dogs. The Havanese is smart and is very easy to train.

The Havanese does not require a lot of room to meet his daily exercise needs and therefore could happily live in a small apartment. They will show extreme love and affection towards their owners and is a great dog. Read More

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