The Havanese is a breed with origins in the Tenerife Bichon’s breed and was named by the Cuba’s capital, becoming the national emblem of the country. It was the favorite dog of the aristocrats and wealthy families and it is a spoiled breed, accustomed with luxury life. It was known as “the silk dog”. It is also called Shavanese if it has short coat.
It is 22-29 cm tall and weighs between 3 and 6 kg at maturity. Havanese is a sturdy dog, with strong legs that allow easy movement, dark eyes, long tail covered with long, silky hair that varies from wavy to curly to corded. It is double coated with soft hair both on outer coat and undercoat. It has black eyes, nose and lips and its color varies from cream, gold, white, silver, blue and black to any combination of these colors. Its tail is carried up over the back when gaiting. It has a lively and springy gaiting which reveals its happy character.
For easier care, it is recommended to keep its coat clipped short. The feet may be clipped to look round. If it has long fur, it needs regular brushing. Corded coats is a chosen groomed hairstyle that requires special care. It is little to no shedding puppy, the dead hair must be removed by brushing. Its eyes and ears have to be regularly checked. If the ears are not kept clean it is prone to ear infections. Its teeth should be brushed weekly.
Havanese is a small breed and is very active, playful and affectionate with children and family. It is very sociable and it gets along well with other pets. Sometimes, it can become noisy. It is intelligent and easy to train as it can learn fast different tricks. It is adaptable to any kind of environment and living and it can adapt easily to its master’s lifestyle. It is gentle and responsive and become very attached to its human family. It is a cheerful and curious dog that loves to observe what is going on. It is sensitive to the tone of voice and will not listen if it senses that it is stronger minded than its owner. It also does not respond to harsh methods. Its master or trainer needs to be calm and keep an air of natural authority. It is also a good watchdog that prevents its owner about the visitors. If it is not properly trained it can become shy around strangers.
It can live in an apartment where it is very active. It also requires plenty of exercise and needs to be taken on daily walks.
Its life expectancy is about 15 years and generally, it is a healthy breed. It is prone to diseases like progressive retinal atrophy, poodle eye, juvenile heritable cataracts, Chonrdodyplasia, congenital deafness, patellar luxation, Leg-Calve Perthes Disease, heart, liver, kindney problems, Sebaceous Adentis, seizures and dry skin. Its eyes need to be cared properly as its lacrimal glands weep a lot and it is prone to infections. Its fur should be combed daily to avoid tangles and in warm seasons should be cut.
If you’re searching for a sweet and playful companion to spend your time with, choose a Havanese. It is a playful and lovely small dog that will love to make you laugh and feel good. Premier Pups sells Havanese puppies in Ohio and nearby states like West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania.