Being the national dog breed of Cuba, the Havanese dog is one of the most famous lap dogs. A companion dog among dog enthusiasts and dog lovers. It enchants them with its silky, flowing coat, diminutive size, and affectionate gaze. Havanese puppies is among the small breeds and is considered one of the cutest dogs around. Just like other companion dogs like the Shih Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier.
The Havanese is an ideal city dog. Perfect for people who live in a small place. Like an apartment or a condo unit. Although they are also comfortable in any place as long as the temperature is not too extreme. And mostly, he will never run out of attention from people. The Havanese is a popular go-to dog for people who regard beauty and fun over the dog’s performance at work.
The Ancestral Beginnings of Havanese Puppies
The Havanese is named after their origin, the capital city of Cuba, Havana, and belongs to the Bichon family. Which includes the Bolonka, Bichon Frise, Bolognese, Lowchen, Maltese and the Coton de Tulear. Where they are bred purposefully for their looks rather than for work. Bichons, including the Havanese, have similar traits, like being jolly, friendly, and also sports a soft, fluffy fur.
These little pooches were brought by Spanish settlers to the Caribbean, especially Cuba, around the 18th century. Soon they developed their Cuban touch, together with their luxurious fur and being resistant to hot Caribbean climate.
Around the late 1950s, few Cuban immigrants fled into the United States and brought with them their Havanese pooches. Later in the 1970s they become popular in the United States and gradually increased throughout the world as a cute, friendly and jolly kind of breed.
Appearance of Havanese Puppies
Male Havanese usually weights around 7-12 lbs, while female Havanese ranges from 6-11 lbs. With an average height of 11 inches for males and 10 inches for female Havanese dogs. They have either a thick fluffy or silky hair, sometimes either curly or straight hair that comes in different colors common to dogs. They have medium-length drop ears, tails that curls upwards and over its back, dark-brown eyes, and a broad and muzzle.
Due to their beauty and elegance, they are commonly seen in dog shows and pageants where looks and cuteness matters (and they are pretty good at it).
Getting to Know Your Velcro
There is a reason why they are called “Velcro dogs”, and that is because they are very affectionate to their owners that they stick closely to them in any way possible. There are no boring moments if you have a Havanese in your house. These tiny tail-waggers will accompany you pretty much all the time and can easily adapt to your lifestyle. Given that he always has his daily dose of affection and attention. Always being playful, and sometimes being rowdy, they usually do things that for them seems amusing, but sometimes is a bit too much to the point of being a bit destructive (watch out for stray paper and tissue rolls, they love to play and tear them to pieces).
Due to their attention-seeking nature and his willingness to please his human companion, Havanese is easy to train basic tricks. Just remember not to leave him alone for extended periods of time, for this may lead them to suffer separation anxiety.
Giving them Love
For pups, you need to thoroughly train them until it becomes a routine. Having such routine like a fixed time for feeding, grooming and playing will not stress out your puppy and will keep him relaxed. It is also essential to train them on where to defecate and urinate and to teach them which part of the house is off-limits to them. In this way, you can instill discipline your puppy at a young age.
Since Havanese are active dogs, they need to burn a lot of energy every day. Play with him and go for a walk to make him happy, satisfied and fit. They too need a balanced diet, either wet or dry high-quality dog food is more than enough to keep him healthy. They also need a lot of attention, as the result of lack of it will severely affect your dog’s mental and physical health.
It is also important to brush their coat regularly to avoid any tangles and mats and to keep dirt and dust away as well. Bathing is only necessary if your pooch becomes very dirty (twice a week is a good routine for bathing).
Vaccinations are important and should not be skipped. Diseases such as Cataracts, Legg-Perthes disease, slipped kneecaps and hip dysplasia are common to the Bichon family and immediate medical attention is needed if your dog has one of these diseases. Regular visits to the vet are also advisable to keep your pooch’s health in check.
Having a Havanese dog in your home is a great choice. Especially if you are having a lot of spare time and doesn’t have a busy schedule. Spending more time with your sticky buddy will give you in return a lot of enjoyment and a good laugh for having them as your companion.