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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
Weight: 10 to 15 lbs
Size: Height: 8½ to 11½ inches
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All colors, singly or in any combination.
14 to 16 years.
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.
Good with children?
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Good with other dogs?
Good with cats?
Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.
OK for inexperienced owners?
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Easy to train?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
therapy, hearing dog, tracking, agility, flyball, obedience
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.
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:
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By Diane Klumb and Joanne Baldwin
Published in 2006
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Havanese Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Havanese Club of America Rescue