Lap dog, meet lap. The Havanese is a sturdy little dog known for a bouncy gait, playful disposition, and luxurious double coat. Havanese need lots of attention and do best with constant companionship. Sound like the dog for you? Read on!
The national dog of Cuba, the Havanese is related to other popular Bichon type dogs like the Coton de Tulear, Bichon Frise, and Maltese. The Havanese traveled to Cuba from Spain in the 1600s. Some Havanese enthusiasts are working to create a ‘classic’ version of the Havanese, breeding for traits seen in old paintings and sculptures of the breed. This new breed is not yet recognized by the AKC.
The wavy, silky double coat of the Havanese requires frequent combing and regular grooming. The soft texture of the hair is like a magnet for debris, so if you plan on having a lot of outdoor adventures, you may want to consider a short puppy cut for your Havanese.
Small but never yappy, trainable but not requiring endless exercise or supervision, these sweet, small dogs have made their living as companions for centuries. The Havanese is definitely a ‘Velcro dog’ and does best when not left alone for long periods of time.
Let’s get to know the Havanese a little better.
Havanese have shorter front legs and longer back legs, giving them a unique bouncy gait.
A puppy cut is preferred for active outdoor adventurers, but Havanese are always shown in a full, luxurious coat.
Havenese thrive on constant companionship, and can’t bear to be left alone for long.
Whatever it takes, wherever you go, the Havanese will be by your side.
Did we mention frequent grooming?
Featured image: Royal Flush Havanese