Size: 8.5 to 11.5 inches Weight: 7 to 13 pounds Accepted Colors: All colors Coat: Soft, long double coat that can be straight or wavy. Grooming: No special grooming. The coat is not cut. Origins: Mediterranean, Cuba Registration: FCI, AKC Group: Toy Notes: Good with children.
The irrepressible Havanese is the National dog of Cuba and its only native breed. Originally believed to have come to the island by European trading ships, these little dogs were presented as gifts to aristocratic Cubans. The breed nearly became extinct at the turn of the last century when the Cuban economy fell apart and the aristocracy lost its social position.
The small stature of the "Little Silk Dog" hides a very sturdy, energetic and athletic companion. Highly valued for its affectionate, adaptable and intelligent personality, the Havanese is the perfect addition to any family. They're excellent with children of all ages and will be a cheerful playmate. They love playing with all kinds of toys, and will often perform tricks for attention, which children especially delight in.
Havanese are highly trainable, wanting to please their owners more than anything else, and are very sensitive to the tone of your voice. One harsh word will devastate this sensitive breed, so positive reinforcement is usually all that is needed to train this easy-going dog. They make excellent watchdogs, but will quickly sidle up to visitors once they see you welcome them inside.
They're very people-oriented dogs, and love just hanging out with their family. They do need a yard for exercise, however. While they don't require long walks, they do need to burn up some of their playfulness in an enclosed yard.
The Havanese was first registered with the AKC in 1996. For more information on this fascinating little breed visit the Havanese Club of America website at www.havanese.org or the American Kennel Club site at www.akc.org. If you're interested in adopting a Havanese, you can visit www.havaneserescue.com or PetFinder.com.