Did you know that the Havanese is the national dog of Cuba?
This Bichon-type dog is a small and sturdy dog known for its long, silky hair and large expressive eyes. This dog is known as a ‘Velcro’ dog because it likes to be close to its owner.
Havanese dogs are quite trainable and known to be little balls of energy. They’re good at dog sports and are good circus performers as well!
In fact, they’re even used to assist differently-abled people.
In this blog post, I would like to share with you a few details about the Havanese dog breed that you might like---from temperament to health, I’ve covered it all.
So, let’s just get started, shall we?
Is the Havanese The RIGHT Choice for You?
In this article, I would like to share a few facts with you to help you determine whether or not the Havanese dog breed is the right choice for you.
Let’s take a look.
The Havanese Dog Breed is RIGHT for You If You...
Want a small but sturdy dog
Want a dog that doesn’t need much outdoor exercise
Want a dog who is playful as well as entertaining
Would like a good watchdog
Want a dog that has a long coat
Are looking for a dog that doesn’t shed
That is good with other pets
The Havanese Dog Breed is NOT for You If You...
Don’t want to deal with separation anxiety
Don’t want a dog that’s a little shy on some occasions
Don’t want to brush your dog frequently
Don’t want to deal with stubbornness
Don’t want housebreaking to be difficult
Don’t want to deal with barking
I hope this helped you make a decision.
Read on to learn more about this breed…
A Little About the Breed!
Havanese are gentle and affectionate little dogs that love to be companions to human beings.
They like to follow their owner from room to room and may also have separation anxiety when left alone for a long time. These intelligent little creatures are fun and goofy but, enjoy being lap dogs as well.
They are curious as well as playful little furballs.
Early socialization is quite important for Havanese dogs and you should expose them to a variety of situation and things for well-rounded development.
Puppy kindergarten classes are a good idea of this breed!
Havanese like to show affection to children and get along with other pets as well. They like to please their owners.
And, they can be attention-seekers!
Because of their incredibly small size, Havaneses are suitable for families with small children because the dog is quite fragile and can be unintentionally and accidentally hurt while playing.
Never leave a dog unsupervised with children as things could end badly.
Children can pull the dog’s ears/tail, and the dog can retaliate by biting the child. After all, dogs are animals.
Caring for a Havanese Dog
Havanese are indoor dogs and aren’t built for living outdoors. They like play sessions as short walks, like any other dog!
Their coat needs to be brushed regularly---a minimum of twice per week is required. This dog doesn’t shed a lot so, the hairs can get trapped and cause tangles that can be hard to remove.
Havanese Dog Breed Health
How long do Havanese dogs live?
This breed has an average lifespan of 12-14 years.
This breed does not suffer from any serious health conditions but is prone to the following minor conditions:
Mitral valve insufficiency
I recommend that you take care of your dog’s health and have regular checkups for your dog’s eyes, hips, knees, and heart to catch the conditions at an early stage.
After all, prevention is always better than the cure.
The Havanese dog breed is a small dog known for its killer looks and beautiful hair.
This dog is a good choice for hypoallergenic people as it does not shed a lot. Other than this, the dog is friendly, loving, and affectionate towards the owner.
Havanese love to be the center of attention.
These dogs do quite well with other pets as well as children and mix rather well with people as well.