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Havanese Dog

Look at those little Havanese puppies with their friendly tempers and you’ll understand why this breed was picked to be the National dog of Cuba.

In fact, this sturdy animal is the only indigenous breed you’ll find in Cuba. Yet, it’s not originally from Cuba but instead it came from Spain. You might worry that the silky coat will be too much for such a small dog but you have to understand that the coat is deceptively light. It’s meant to both insulate and protect this dog that hails from Spain from the tropical heat which can play havoc with so many dogs.

Because of this reason, you are better off making sure that this wavy coat stays untrimmed. It’s the only protection that the little chap has against the unforgiving heat. They have long been demanded as the centre of attraction in a show ring. Their appearance has also been alluring enough to make families opt for this little breed.

Havanese dogs used to be quite the pampered lap-dog. These days they can be reared for a variety of roles such as companions to children and even as watchdogs. Their size makes apartments quite suitable for Havenese dogs but do ensure that they find ways to exercise regularly.

If you’re looking for a loving dog that is still intelligent, this breed might be the one for you. The fact that it is highly trainable makes the Havanese breed a good addition to your house. While it might look too diminutive be warned that it needs a lot of exercise as it is energetic and excitable. If allergens bother you and the wavy hair makes you want to look for another breed, bear in mind that this coat is the non-shedding kind. Add this to the fact that you don’t have to trim it and you might reconsider. Of course this doesn’t mean that its long hair doesn’t have to be routinely groomed. The cheerfulness and playfulness exhibited by Havenese puppies as well as grown dogs makes them a nice tiny playmate for children. They should be quite friendly towards any other pets you might have, and this includes cats. While Havanese training isn’t too difficult, they are rather sensitive. This means that if you’re too stern you might not get the results you want from this breed. This old breed is nice and long-lived but will, naturally, eventually succumb to health problems like dry skin and cataract.

  Submitted on May 31, 2010  

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