Gunilla Persson

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As is already clear from the title, the birthplace of Havanese – Cuba. Cubans are very proud of their unique national breed and consider it one of the symbols of the country. For centuries, the lapdog played the role of a glamorous toy aristocrats. However, the character she is not glamorous – an open, cheerful and good-natured.

It’s all about feature: its long, soft, almost weightless hair looks like silk and gives the impression that the dog is not running, and hovers in the air. For a unique coat this breed also called Havana silky dog. Its other name – Havana Bichon and gavanez.

Havanese – a frequent winner of the exhibition. Photo: Svenska Kennelklubben.

The history of the breed Havanese

The roots of the breed goes to the Mediterranean countries – Spain and Italy. It is said that these dogs live in the families of the bishops of Rome. In the early 17th century, ships of the Spanish traders, they were in Cuba, where the breed by crossing with other kinds of lapdogs, continued to emerge. From the Cuban capital Havanese and got its name.

And in Cuba, and in Europe, charming decorative dogs mostly been taken to keep rich families. In the 17th century Havana lapdogs experienced the peak of its popularity as a living decoration for noble ladies. In addition, the creation of a beautiful and obedient performed in circuses and traveling theaters. But fashion – fickle thing, and silky dogs have been forgotten over time. By the 20th century, they have become a rarity.

Havanese (gavanez). Author: Ulrike-Una.

In 1958, during the Cuban Revolution, 11 gavanezov with their wealthy masters fled to the United States. American fans and saved this breed. So Havanese living in America today – the descendants of those same 11 dogs from Cuba.

Feature Havanese

Havanese is the largest among the other species Bichon (Bichon Frise. Bolognese. Maltese). Its unique feature – an unusual, as if bouncing gait, due to the fact that the front legs are slightly shorter than the back.

Havana Bichon black color. Photo: Gunilla Nilla Persson.

From head to toe, this sturdy little dog covered with long wavy hair. Wool – soft and airy, as if made of natural silk – another characteristic feature of the breed. In tropical climates, it serves as protection from the sun.

Color gavanezov, unlike other Bichons and lapdogs, not necessarily white. It can be black, chocolate or silver all shades, as well as multi-color.

Korotkostrizhennaya Havana Bichon. Author: Martin Lorentzen.

The psychological portrait Havanese

Havana – “social” dog started to communicate. Loneliness carry heavy and gladly accompany owners wherever they went. For cheerful character and a complete lack of aggression lapdogs are often used in the loop of therapy (treatment of animals).

This wonderful companion for children, always ready for the games. Friendly applies to pets. In relations with the host does not aspire to leadership, although, of course, prefer to reckon with him. The mind and the docile nature make it nice and comfortable pet.

Piloted gavanez. Author: Ralf Bitzer.

Care and maintenance gavanezov

Havanese -sobaki for the city and apartments. Long walks on Forests is not for them: long soft wool gather all the garbage met on the way. Of course, they did not run away in the park, but will not suffer, and walking through the streets on a leash.

The focus needs grooming. Combing her preferably daily. In autumn and spring, when there is a reinforced molt, it is necessary to comb out the hair several times a day. But in the rest of the year it almost does not fade – because of the minimal undercoat.

Havanese in sports. Photo: Inga Törnqvist.

To the beauty of wool and it is important to correct balanced diet with all necessary vitamins. In fact, many gavanezy love to feast on fresh fruit – no wonder it’s dog from the tropics!

Puppies and training gavanezov

Puppies Havanese did not want to endure the loneliness and constant attention. They have always something to occupy, entertain and communicate. But they are susceptible to training. These lapdogs are easily trained various funny tricks – do not forget about their past circus. Like many miniature dogs, cigars are offended if they are treated rudely. Their education should be to focus on affection and praise.

Bichon Havana on grass chewing a stick of birch. Photo: Ulrike-Una.

Height and weight Havanese

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