For a long time, the small Havanese dog breed was little known and almost forgotten. This is all the more astonishing since the Havanese came to this continent with Spanish settlers immediately after Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492.
The Havanese at a Glance
The breed almost went extinct; It is thanks to a few Cuban families that the small dogs were rediscovered in the second half of the 20th century and initially spread quickly, especially in the USA. From around 1970, this dog breed began to conquer the world almost all over the world.
The Havanese is an extremely lovable, peaceful, and easy-going dog. He is perfect for families with children and usually gets along with other dogs and even cats without any problems. This dog breed absolutely needs the closeness of its reference persons and is not only unsuitable as a guard dog for this reason. You should not leave a Havanese alone for long periods of time. This upsets the little dog and he reacts with sadness, irritability, or panic.
Havanese are very easy to train. According to stories, such dogs used to be very popular in the circus because you could quickly teach them all sorts of tricks and tricks. He quickly learns new things that you teach him and implements them on command. Many dogs are also particularly fond of paper: when faced with toilet paper, many specimens of this breed have a lot of fun – try it out!
Even if a Havanese feels very comfortable in the apartment, you should of course regularly take the dog out of the door – even if he seems quite dainty, he still has enough energy for longer trips. A lot of exercises also prevent some diseases to which this dog breed is relatively susceptible. After the walk, however, he should return to his apartment; he doesn’t like spending the night outdoors or living in the garden in general.
He sheds almost no hair and is a housebroken pet. The Havanese is closely related to Bichon breeds, which include the Bichon Frize, Bolognese, Havanese, and Maltese.
The Havanese is usually between 21 and 29 cm tall and weighs 4 to 8 kg. His coat is very long, smooth, and like and has curly strands. There is no hair change between winter and summer coats.
The Care of the Havanese
His long coat should be brushed regularly to avoid matting. Before brushing, you should roughly comb the fur with a soft brush. This removes fine dirt. The fur should then be combed in layers.
Ancestry and History
The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba and is the only native dog breed there. After spreading in America, the dog breed also experienced a heyday in Europe. From about 1850, the Havanese became the favorite of many landowners and noble families. Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens are also said to have owned such a dog.