By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez
Some say that the Havanese dogs originally came from the Mediterranean region. They were developed along the the Spanish and Italian Coastal region. These dogs were brought to Cuba by Sea Captains. Many believe that these dogs were created during the late 1800's and early 1900's in Cuba.. Their ancestors are the Bichons. Breeders say that the now extinct blanquitos ( known as the little white dogs of havanas ) were descendants of the also the extinct Bichon Tenerife. They also believe that the blanquitos were cross – bred with other Bichon kinds like the poodles and the result is now the Havanese dogs..These dogs are sometimes referred to as the Havana Silk dogs. During the revolution, a few of these dogs were smuggled out of Cuba and brought to the United States of America.
Havanese dogs that are not clipped have a rough like appearance.These are small dogs or you can refer to them as toy dogs. Their legs are very sturdy and this allows them to move around easily. Dogs of these kind have dark eyes and tails that are covered with lengthy, silky hair. Their coats have two kinds of variations. The profuse coats can variate from wavy to curly.. The corded coats are acknowledged by The American Kennel Club ( AKC ) and the Canadian Kennel Club ( CKC ). There might be some Havanese dogs that have recessive genes and the result is that they may have puppies with smooth coats.. Short coated Havanese cannot become show dogs. Their eye rims, noses and lips are firmly colored black. The Havanese dogs comes in so many colors like: black, blue, cream, gold and white. Some of them are tricolored.. In North America, there is no preference for any color. American Breeders prefer chocoate and black colored Havanese dogs. Their gaits are one of a kind and this seems to make them seem lively. This could be the reason why these dogs seem to have a happy character.They have sturdy looking bodies.
Havanese are very good companion dogs. They are calm and quite responsive. These dogs are so well connected to their families. They are exceptional dogs for children These dogs are loving, intelligent, happy and very sociable. They will do fine living with other dogs and pets. Give them obedience training at their early ages. Havanese dogs learn easily. These dogs are very inquisitive and they do observe what is happening around their surroundings. They are quite sensitive to the tones of of their owners. If they are hard headed, they will not listen to their owners. Owners must be their pack leaders and they must teach their dogs that they are followers. Teach these dogs what they can and cannot do. Be calm but owners must show them that they are the boss. These dogs like to entertain people and they do enjoy doing it. Few of these dogs do bark a lot and they can be trained not to keep on barking. Teach them while they are still young so that they will remember it when they get older. Havanese dogs are good watch dogs. They will sound the alarm and you will know that you have visitors who want to come to your homes. Socialized these dogs at their young ages and they won't be shy. These dogs are brave despite their sizes. These dogs need exercises and they need to go for walks with their owners. Make sure that they heel by your sides or at your backs. Doing this will show them that owners are their pack leaders.
Havanese dogs will have heights of 8 – 11 inches. They will weigh at least 7 – 13 pounds.
Havanese dogs are healthy dogs but as they age they may be prone to such diseases as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, poodle eye, juvenile hereditary cataract, chonrdodysplasia, dislocated kneecaps, legg- calve perthes disease, cardiac and liver and kidney problems, unilalateral and bilateral deafness, sebaceous adentis, dry skin and seizures.
Havanese dogs will do alright living in apartments. These dogs are active indoors and they do not need a yard to run around. Havanese dogs must live inside your homes. Never let them stay in your patios or in kennels. Just give them their regular exercises every day.
Havanese dogs can have their hair clipped and doing this makes it so easy to take care of them. Their hair must be brushed and combed at least two times a week. They do not shed a lot. Their dead hair must be removed. Give them baths only when it is necessary.