About the Havanese Breed
The Havanese, new to the AKC, is an old breed with title to a colorful history. The Havanese is the National dog of Cuba and its only native breed. The dog’s journey to Cuba most likely was aboard the trade ships sailing from the island of Tenerife chronicled in ship’s logs of the early sixteenth century. Cuban trade was highly restricted by the Spanish, for many years allowing Tenerife to be one of the only open ports, and it would appear these little dogs who had found their way into homes of Cuban aristocracy developed without much outside influence.
The tropical environs of their homeland appears to have influenced the Havanese development, specifically their unique coat texture. Once called the Havana Silk Dog, or the Spanish Silk Poodle, the coat is like raw silk floss, profuse, but extremely light and soft, insulating and protective of harsh tropical rays. The Havnese a member of the ancient family of the Bichons.
As Colonial Cuba developed and prospered the popularity of the Havanese grew. By the mid-eighteenth century they were trendy in Europe, often exhibited in European dog shows and type was well established. As Cuban culture shifted the little dog of Havana, adaptable as always, became a family dog extraordinare, playmate of children, watchdog, and herder of the family poultry flock.
With the advent of the Cuban revolution, the class of Cubans who owned Havanese was the first to leave. A handful of them found their way to the United States, and by the end of the 70s a gene pool was being rebuilt. All the Havanese in the world today, save those from the "iron curtain" countries and those remaining in Cuba, stem from 11 little immigrants. Remarkably, through all their travels, Havanese type and purpose has remained virtually unchanged for the past
Thee National dog of Cuba is still the "charming little dog" of the island today. The havanese is a rare blend of intelligence, personality and natural beauty and affectionate ways. Bred for its family-oriented temperament and loving ways. The Havanese is prized in the homes of the Cuban people as by fanciers in Europe.
Although relatively new to the AKC, the havanese is quite an old breed. The havanese has been known through history by a variety of different names including: the Havana Silk Dog, the Petit Chien Havane, the Blanquito Cubano, the Spanish Silk Poodle, the Bichon Havanese and the Bichon Habanero.
The havanese has immense charm.They are a friendly, playful, alert and intelligent toy dog with a mischievous expression. They are a natural companion dog: gently and responsive. The havanese becomes very attached to their human family and are excellent with children. They are very afffectionateand playful with a high degree of intelligence.
They are small sturdy dog of many colours and marking patterns. A moderately boned but not fragile dog, The acceptable size range is from 8 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches. The long, silky, wavy coat is double coated with soft hair both on the outer and undercoat
Information re colours of havanese please visit website www.havanesecolours.com by Suzanne McKay of Mimosa Havanese
High head carriage, topline rising slightly from withers to rump, rectangular body, and plumed tail carried over the back makes the Havanese outline impressionable. The unique springy gait sets the Havanese apart from all other breeds which accentuates their happy character.
Basic obedience training will teach skills you will use on a daily basis. The time you spend in training, especially during the first year of your pet's life, will be repaid by giving you a well-behaved companion that is bonded to you and your family for the rest of your havanese life. Havanese are seen in many dog activities and competitions. Havanese excel in all levels of Obedience, Rally,Agility,and Tracking as well as Conformation. The Havanese are happy little athletes and loyal family companions. As therapy dogs Havanese bring smiles to many faces in hospitals and nursing homes.
Weekly grooming will generally keep your Havanese from matting, although you will find that your puppy will need daily brushing as he goes through the change from puppy to adult coat. The best brush is using a pin brush. Most people will keep their havanese in a puppy cut which looks so cute and cuts down on the time spent brushing. You will see in my pictures I do keep my dogs in a puppy cute as this suites my lifestyle.
A microchip implant is a simple procedure that provides permanent identification in case your Havanese is lost or stolen.
All my puppies are microchipped prior to leaving my place. Your havanese should not be permitted to run at large but should always be on a leash or in a fenced yard. Even with these precautions, some are lost each year. The microchip will help identify if you havense is lost or stolen,
Havanese are generally healthy, long-lived dogs. Many reach the age of 14 to 16 years. To make sure that your puppy is healthy, schedule a veterinary exam as soon as you get him home. The vet will conduct a physical exam and will review the vaccination and health information provided by your breeder. Your breeder should provide you with information regarding the health status of your puppy"s parents.
Breeding dogs is a huge responsibility that requires time,energy and money. Responsible breeders seek to improve their breed with every litter and they have the responsibility of maintaining healthy breeding stock free from hereditary defects. Many pet Havanese are sold with a spay/neuter contract. Spay/neuter does not preclude to participate in performance events.
The havanese hotline is a great place to learn more about the Havanese breed.. visit www.havanese.org. / or the havanese Club of America. This site has so much information about the breed. I would highly recommend that you visit this site to learn more about the havanese. If you still wish a puppy after reading this information I would be happy to help you find your companion for life.
Recommended Books for the Havanese Bred
These are the following books I recommend to read prior to picking up you havanese.
The Havanese A Complete Pet Owners Manual
by Nikki Riggsbee
Havanese The Comprehensive Guide To Owning And Caring For Your Dog
by Zoila Portucado Guerre
A Havanese Ten Commandments
1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years - any separation from you will be very painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me - it is crucial for my well being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment...You have your work, your friends, your entertainment... I HAVE ONLY YOU!
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when you're speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I'll NEVER forget it.
7. Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could crush the bones in your hands but I choose NOT to bite YOU.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long or my heart may be getting old and weak.
9. Take care of me when I get old. You too will grow old.
10. Go with me on my difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch it" or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for ME if you are there. Remember that I love you.