So you think you want to adopt a Havanese?
Havanese are truly a wonderful breed of dogs. But, they are not for everyone!
- Havanese are happy, compliant, calm, intelligent, playful, loving companion dogs.
- Havanese are wonderful lap dogs and travel well.
- They grow to be 7-14 pounds and 8-11 inches at the withers.
- Havanese require grooming care. They have hair, not fur. Their soft and silky hair grows to be 6-8 inches long and is non-shedding, virtually odorless and hypo-allergergenic, but it requires daily brushing or to be kept in a puppy cut. They need to be bathed every 2-4 weeks.
- Havanese require moderate exercise. They are perfect for apartment living as well as life on the farm (as inside dwellers). While Havanese love the outdoors, they cannot live in a kennel or outside.
- Havanese are very social and need to be with their humans, so those who work from home or work outside the home for only part of a day is a necessary life for Havanese.
- Havanese are small, but sturdy so they are a good fit for families with children.
Coats of Many Colors
Quite often when I tell people that I have Havanese they ask me, "Havawhat?" Part of the mystery is that Havanese come in so many different colors and color patterns. They can be pure white, cream, champagne, gold, red, chocolate, silver, brown, or black. They can be patterned in brindle, sable, tan points, saddle tan, or agouti. Havanese can also have markings of piebald, parti, Irish pied, white, or tricolor. To further complicate the process, there are various gene loci that casue the color to fade or darken even in adulthood. Whew! That is a lot of various colors, shades, patterns, and markings! It is also so very interesting, because of how greatly they change from birth through adulthood. So what you see in a puppy color most likely will not be the color the Havanese will have as an adult. This truly causes a Havanese to stand out in the dog world!
The Havanese are in the family of Bichons, which includes the Bichon Frise, the Bolognese, the Coton de Tulear, the Maltese, and the Lowchen. It is very difficult to pinpoint the exact history of the Havanese, as the telling of its origin is steeped in folklore or theories with little fact. The history of the Havanese that seems most plausible is the Bichons originated in the Mediterranean region perhaps as far back as 300BC. It is thought that the sea faring captains of Spain or Italy in the 15th century brought these small white dogs to Cuba as gifts to the tradesmen. These tiny bundles of joy soon became the favorite pet of the aristocracy, eventually meeting with European travelers and were bred with poodles from France, Belgium and Germany. This match brought to the Havanese its many colors that are seen today. During the Cuban Revolution the breed was nearly lost as the aristocracy fled the island, scattering their beloved little white companions. An American couple, the Goodales, found a remnant of Havanese in America and began a breeding program to bring us the Havanese that we know today.