A HAPPY GUY FROM CUBA
Bichon havanais - according to its owners - is an adorable, fuzzy little bear with amazing intelligence. It is a vigorous character, lovable and kind. It loves hiking and all kinds of playing. Its abilities combined give us a doggy which cannot be resisted.
The Havanese belongs to the Bichon family - which the Coton de Rulear, the Bolognese, the Maltese, the Bolonka Cwetna , the Bichon Frise and the Löwchen are also part of.
The Havanese is a small, powerful and short-legged dog. Its hair is long, rich, soft and wavy. Its height is between 23-27 cms. Its color varies greatly: can be cream, champagne, chocolate, black or silver. They are rarely of one color; generally their fur is of 2-3 colors and this makes them a funnier look. Their color at birth almost always changes - gets brighter or deeper by a few tones. They keep their tail over their back happily while moving and it is lively and flexible.
The most important fact about this breed is the great spirit in the small body. A balanced character, ideal company for elderly or single people. Easily trained - aside from a little stubbornness which can harden the training but is balanced by inordinary kindness. In spite of its small frame it is incredibly active and nimble; it can even hike great distances. Agility can also be a fitting hobby the Havanese because its dexterity and mobility. Taking care of its fur needs much time if you want long hair. A nicely cut short-haired fashion can make the dog's look adorable too - but do not cut its hair short if you plan to take it to exhibitions. Regular pedicure, cutting the hair from its ears and brushing teeth are required in caretaking, too.
Some say that it got its name from the tobacco-brown color (which is the same as Havana cigars). But what lies beyond the name? Actually, a happy little dog which runs around and around when you get home. Love and passion - is this not all what we are looking for?
Havanese were often given as presents for the Cuban elite who were looking for open doors to trade with rich people. They were a wise choice because the wives of Cuban planters loved the elegant little dogs with its long and luxurios fur.
DREAMING OF CUTE THINGS
It's easy to understand why would the Cuban aristocracy adore these charming animals. In addition to their loyalty they live their lives so merrily that just having them around is pure fun. They are natural clowns that seem to dream about cute things and then they make it real to make owners laugh.
Havanese cling to their owners intensively; however, they like everybody else, too. They are happy around other pets. The desire to do what they are asked is so strong that it makes them remarkably educatable. And beacause they are really agile and smart, some kind words and tasty bits are enough to teach them basic commands. If you are dissappointed with them, they are truly hurt.
Havanese are not advertised as dogs with falling hair. These dogs do not 'smell like a dog' even if you don't bath them for a month!!!
Can be teached to be housebroken. Almost any place can be their home - a farm, an apartment downtown, or a house with yard. But not recommended for a person who works 8 hours a day, then goes out for the night and travels at weekends without the dog. Havanese should not be kept in a kennel or in the backyard the whole day. But they like to run and play in the open air. They are vigorous little dogs which can run like the wind. Havanese are great company for every age except maybe for families with children younger than 5.
I hope that I helped the future owners to reach a decision and WANT TO OWN A HAVANESE DOG!