|Group:||Toys (Group 1)|
|Club:||Toy Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 1)|
|Contact:||Mrs Marilyn Warren|
Background The Havanese is the Cuban member of the Bichon family. The breed reached Cuba as a result of either the Spanish colonists or Italian traders and ended up as the companion dogs of the wealthy.
Average Lifespan More than 9 years.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Havanese is a sturdy little dog with a great zest for life. They adore their family, bonding closely with them. They are happy, affectionate, playful, gentle and very good with children. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.
Compatibility with other pets The Havanese gets along well with other breeds.
Care Requirements The coat does require a great deal of maintenance. It should be combed through and brushed daily. Exercise is minimal but like all dogs the Havanese benefits from a daily walk.
Ideal Owner/s The Havanese is the ideal companion for a family or the person living on their own. They love children and tend to stay near people if they can. Havanese need companionship to thrive and they are not suitable for people who work full time.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Havanese and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.