Haveanese are small dogs that originated in Cuba. They're very loving and affectionate pets that are well suited for small apartment or house living, which isn't to say that they won't absolutely love the space of larger living quarters. This is a spirited breed that is outgoing and companionable. These dogs are happiest when they're around their human families. They're only somewhat active, which is a bonus for some folks, but the dogs need daily exercise in the form of a good walk or some playtime in the back yard. If you're looking for a friend who loves you as much as you love him or her, check out the Havanese.
Continue reading to learn more about the Havanese, otherwise known as the Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanes, Havaneser, Havanezer and Bichon Habanero.
Popularity: Quite popular.
Trainability: When it comes to housebreaking your Havanese, you shouldn't face much difficulty. These dogs are smart and eager to please, so they actually want to do as they're told. Of course, you'll want to socialize and expose your Havanese puppy to as much as possible when they're young, but overall, this breed is a pleasure to train due to their intelligence and personality.
Size/Weight: Small sized dogs, weighing in at an average of 7-14 pounds.
Origin Location/Date: The ancestors of the Havanese were brought to Cuba from Europe in the 1600s. It was in Cuba where today's Havanese was bred and created. Some years later in the 1970s, this breed was introduced to the United States as more and more Cubans began coming to this country to live. They brought their dogs with them. In 1991, The Havanese gained popularity in the U.S. and was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club.
Energy Level: This breed is of a moderately energetic dog and as such, it doesn't require much exercise. It can actually obtain the exercise it needs inside the home, but it also enjoys a good walk and some play time at the park or in the back yard. Be sure not to over do it with this dog. You don't want to over work it. Also note that this breed doesn't enjoy being alone. It will follow you around and may even stop eating if you leave the room. Keep this in mind if you're playing with it and decide to go do something else. The dog may stop playing and follow you.
Temperament: As mentioned above, Havanese enjoy following their owners around the house and the yard. They're funny, friendly and smart little dogs. They learn to live with how you go about your day and they can easily turn into your best friend. They're mischievous little fellows though, so keep an eye on them. Like cats, they enjoy sitting on and shredding paper. These are entertaining dogs that are great with families and children. They do like attention though, so beware and be ready to give it.
Necessary Space: Because this dog breed is so small and because its exercise requirements aren't high, this is an ideal dog for apartment or small house living.
Talents: The Havanese has been known as the class clown. It'll keep you laughing and it'll change your mood when you're down. A true companion, this dog will sit on your lap or run around the house and on top of your couch like crazy. You'll enjoy life with a Havanese. It also loves to learn new tricks, so get ready to teach.
Life Expectancy: 14-16 years.
Group: Toy Group.
A few terms and phrases to describe the typical Havanese puppy and dog: intelligent, funny, silky, small, outgoing, affectionate, companionable, personable, springy, spirited, active, good for apartments, good family dogs, eager to please and easy to train.
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