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Havanese Puppies

Updated on September 9, 2010

Havanese dogs are often considered the perfect pets. The Havanese is a pure breed toy dog which is intelligent and has a gentle disposition which makes it a perfect choice for most families. If you've seen pictures of Havanese puppies, you'll see how cute they look, just like Shihtzu puppies. If you have seen them in action they look like silky balls of fur rolling around. Seeing just how adorable they look may want a person to buy Havanese puppiesĀ for sale right then and there.

However, it is important to know the facts about this breed before deciding on getting a new one. Not all dogs are the same; they each have behaviors, temperaments and characters of their own. It is foolish to generalize all dogs. Getting to know as much as you can about a certain breed will help ensure that the best care is provided to the dogs. It is important that a dog be a good match for the family and the family's lifestyle.

Havanese Puppies
Havanese Puppies

All about the Havanese Dog

The Havanese originated in Cuba and Cubans regard it as their national dog. The Havanese's history is nearly as old as the exploration of America itself. The Havanese dog is a small, long-haired, sturdy little animal. The Havanese is classified as a toy dog. Its usual height is between 8 to 11 inches and a typical weight of 7 to 13 pounds.

Once full grown, these cute, little dogs are usually slightly longer than they are tall. The ancestor of the Havanese is the Havanese Silk Dog, which is white in color; modern Havanese dogs come in many different colors or in a combination of two to three colors. Silver, white, cream and brow are among the most common colors. Chocolate havanese puppies are beautiful and cost more than those with common colors.

The eyes of the Havanese dog are usually dark, but chocolate colored Havanese mostly has lighter eyes. These dogs have silky, long coats, which are the undercoat and the outer coat. Both coats are light to the touch and soft. The coat allows them to tolerate heat and it also protects them against the sun. Great care should be provided to the coat.

The dog must be groomed to avoid tangles on their coats and puppy cuts should be provided when needed. There are lots of local groomers which offer a Havanese puppy cut for affordable prices.

Havanese dogs are best suited for indoor living but they require lots of exercise and outdoor activities. The Havanese has an energetic nature that requires walking or a play session. They also do well in small spaces like apartments or homes with small yards however, they need toys and social stimulation or else they will become bored and irritable.

They want to be the center of attention and they can easily be trained to perform tricks which will surely entertain people. They make great therapy dogs because of their sweet and loving disposition. They need to be provided the usual dog essentials, like puppy pads, a puppy pen, clothes, beds, carriers, collars and leashes. The average life span of the Havanese is 14 years. Some are able to live longer depending mostly on the care provided to them. Havanese dogs make suitable playmates for children of any age.

Havanese puppies for adoption
Havanese puppies for adoption

Adopting Havanese Dogs

Each year there are thousands of dogs which are placed in various animal shelters across the country for a number of reasons. Some are abandoned, maltreated and others let go by their owners because of behavioral reasons or unforeseen circumstances. There are lots of Havanese puppies for adoption in these shelters. There is a relatively small number of Havanese dogs in the U.S. so they don't have a high population un animal shelters. The cost of owning a Havanese dog plays a major part in their small numbers. Shelters which specialize in Havanese have a waiting list for these dogs. Some shelters charge a fee for their services while some only ask for donation. Adopting an abandoned dog is a commendable deed but one drawback is the potential new owner will most likely never get a comprehensive history of the dog's behavior and possible medical issues. Although animal shelters do what they possibly can to gather information about the dog, there are times when information is lacking.

Bichon havanese puppies
Bichon havanese puppies

Havanese Hybrids

There are lots of Havanese hybrids nowadays which are referred to as "designer dogs". They come is a variety of sizes, and colors depending on the breed that the Havanese is crossed with. Most often Havanese is mixed with Maltese, Lhasa Apso, and Bichon Frise. In most cases Havanese mix breeds are bred specifically by breeders who are interested in bringing together the best traits of each dog. They want to create the best pet possible. Cross breeds or hybrids can diminish the incidence of genetic illnesses and disorders. Hybrids with genetic problems are smaller compared to pure breeds so this goes to show that cross breeding is effective. It is important to remember though, that when you select a Havanese mix as a family pet, you can never be sure exactly what you are getting when you bring the pup home. If you get a Hava-Apso there is no sure way to tell if dog will have the sweet temperament of the Havanese or the feistier spirit of the Lhasa apso. It is a good idea to research both breeds thoroughly to be prepared to the type of dog you might end up with. Exercise caution when searching for a breeder of a Havanese mix so that the dog's lineage can be accurately traced. This is the best way of making sure that the dog is a combination of two distinct pure breeds.

Havanese Mixes Recognized by the American Canine Kennel Club

  • Hava-Apso. This is a cross between Havanese and the Lhasa Apso
  • Havachon. This is a cross between Havanese and Bichon Frise. Bischon Havanese puppies are very common.
  • Havanese mixed with shihtzu
  • Havanese mixed with Yorkshire terrier

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      Mary 16 months ago

      I am fortunate enough to have two of these little darlings! I've owned several different breeds in my lifetime and these little girls are the cream of the crop - I heartily recommend them.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      Cute dog, but most are.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Very good information about a very good dog. My daughter has two. One thing you forgot to mention is that Havanese do not shed. Hard to believe that a dog with long, silky hair doesn't shed but it is true - good for allergy sufferers. They definitely have varying personalities as does any breed. Voted this nice hub up.