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Havanese Dog Breed Profile

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The Havanese's ancestors are the Mediterranean Barbichon dogs. The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba.

Other Names:
Bichon Havanais, Havana Silk Dog

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Origin: Cuba/Malta

Breed Purpose: Companion dog.

Kennel Club Dog Group: Toy

Height: 9-12 inches

Weight: 3-6 Kg

Lifespan: 14-15 years

Exercise Needs: The Havanese is a very playful dog that enjoys a walk but can get enough exercise from playing in the garden.

Feeding Needs: This dog has a small appetite but is not a fussy eater. The Havanese thrives on a natural home prepared diet.

Common Ailments: This dog has no common ailments and is generally very healthy. Some can suffer from cataracts and skin problems.

Physical Description: The overall appearance of the Havanese is one of a lively and sturdy little dog. The eyes are dark and oval shaped. The ears are set high and fold over. They are well covered with hair. The neck is carried in a slight arch and goes down to a strong body with well sprung ribs and a slightly tucked up belly. The tail is set high and is covered with long hair. The Havanese has a unique double coat. The outer coat is very long, soft and silky. The undercoat is also soft. Their coat can come in all colours and combinations. The Havanese has a unique springy gait.

Havanese K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

Unlike some of the toy breeds which can be fragile, the Havanese is a sturdy dog that is lively and playful.

They have a gentle temperament and are easy to train. Intelligent and sensitive, this dog does not like to be shouted at or treated harshly.

Training should be of a quiet and calm nature to obtain positive results. Their intelligence makes them quick learners and will delight their owner by performing all manner of tricks.

The Havanese can live with dogs and other animals providing they are introduced to each other correctly. They also love children and can take part in rough play and general family fun as they are not fragile dogs.

This dog can live in any environment, apartments or in the city. All in all the Havanese is a wonderful example of the perfect family dog.
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