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Also known as: Havana Silk Dog, Spanish Silk Poodle, Bichon Havanais

Breed origin: Cuba
Original purpose: From pampered lap-dog of the aristocracy, to family companion, watchdog, child’s playmate and herder of the family’s poultry flock.

AKC recognized: 1996
AKC group: Toy

Size: Weight: 10 to 15 lbs
Size: Height: 8½ to 11½ inches
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Color: All colors, singly or in any combination.

Life span: 14 to 16 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Havanese is the National Dog of Cuba, and is playful, alert, sturdy, intelligent, charming, friendly, gentle, responsive, and affectionate. They are highly trainable and their temperament make them an ideal family pet.

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Good with children? Yes

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good with cats? Yes

Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

Good watchdog? Yes

Protective? No

OK for inexperienced owners? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Energy/Activity Level: Moderate

Suitable canine sports/activities: therapy, hearing dog, tracking, agility, flyball, obedience

Exercise requirement: They do require daily exercise, but because of their small size, their exercise requirement can usually be met by playing in a fenced yard or running around indoors.

Grooming requirement: This is considered a minimal-shedding breed, but needs to be brushed daily to prevent mats.

Known health problems: Liver disease, heart disease, cataracts, retinal dysplasia.

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Recommended books for further reading:

The Havanese
By Diane Klumb and Joanne Baldwin
Published in 2006
159 pages

Havanese (A Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Nikki Riggsbee
Published in 2006
96 pages

Havanese (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Zoila Portuondo Guerra
Published in 2003
158 pages

The Joyous Havanese
By Kathryn Braund
Published in 2005
234 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Havanese Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Havanese Club of America Rescue

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