Havanese are a charming small dog that was bred specifically as a companion, and they are bouncy, attractive AND hypoallergenic! They have a double coat and shed very little, making them a possible dog for allergy sufferers. Some people who are highly allergic still might not be able to tolerate even these low-shed pups, so be careful in your choices!
The biggest drawback to keeping a Havanese that I’ve found is that
good grooming is essential for these companion dogs. Their coat is very silky, and can reach a length of 6 to 8 inches long. Their grooming needs to be a fun event, so that both owner and dog enjoy the brushing or combing regularly.
If you’re the sort of person who enjoys this kind of activity, a Havanese may be the perfect dog for you. That lovely double coat also insulates them from the hottest tropical sun! Some Havanese will develop a corded coat as they grow – these are not that common, but are accepted.
On the other hand, Havanese are famously intelligent, even being trainable as Hearing Ear dogs for the hearing impaired. They love to learn tricks, and are a favorite circus dog due to their ability to quickly learn new things and their will to please. Their playfulness and affectionate nature make them a lovely companion, and if you don’t mind playing fetch you’ll have found the perfect roommate!
Also, they don’t need extensive exercise like a bigger dog would, and they are the right size and temperament for RV’ers who’d like a small, fluffy, affectionate companion!
Havanese can be had in nearly any color, including bi-colors and tri-color! Unlike the Bichon Frise (a close relative whose coat is only permitted to be white), these are a colorful little Cuban native, brought here in the 50’s by a few families leaving Cuba during the Revolution. They were bred from the Blanquito de la Habana (now extinct), and they’re the national dog of Cuba.
Havanese are also closely related to the Maltese and the Coton de Tulear, other breeds of small companion dogs that you may have heard of, both with similar coats. These little dogs are renowned for not being yappy, so your Havanese shouldn’t be bothering the neighbors while you’re at work.
Training your Havanese in basic obedience is essential for a happy life, for both you and your dog. You want to be able to call and control your dog no matter what the circumstances may be. Safety in an emergency depends on your dog understanding that commands are always to be obeyed, so that you can always keep your beloved dog safe!
If you’re thinking about getting a new dog but are unsure which breed is right for you, check out the Havanese! These sweet pups may steal your heart and take over your life…
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Sources included VetStreet.com, and the American Kennel Club website.
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With Grace and Gratitude
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