Havanese Puppies - Short History and Guide
By Robert Dawson
The Havanese dog breed is a cousin to the popular Bichon Frise breed of dog. Their origins stem from the Mediterranean but the breed is often synonymous with Cuba. This affiliation occurred after the Havanese traveled along Mediterranean trading ships from Europe and the Canaries destined for Cuba. There the Havanese flourished and became quite sought after. The breed was owned primarily by aristocrats until they were used in circuses (because of their sharp intellect and playfulness) and subsequently lost their affluent standing. Havanese dogs are also commonly known as the Spanish Silk Poodle, or the Havana Silk Dog.
They are several characteristics that make the Havanese ideal pets. Being small and cute they are seen as a great "toy breed". Havanese love to play but do not need excessive amounts of exercise which appeals to various demographics. Some of their other main attributes are their playful nature, unique appearance and incredibly soft coat. Havanese dogs are relatively small compared to other breeds. They only measure approximately 29 centimeters in length when full grown and 6 kilograms in weight. They usually live between 12-15 years.
While considered a toy breed, the Havanese has a sturdy build which separates it from the usual pampered and delicate toy breeds. Havanese come in various colors such as white, champagne, cream, silver, black, blue, chocolate, or gold. Sometimes two or three of these colors can be present adding to the appeal of these charming dogs. As noted earlier the Havanese have an above average dog intelligence. Because of their intellect, they are quick to learn tricks and become obedient. Their ability to remember helps with training them and their friendly nature means they are suitable for children of all ages.
Due to their popularity, pure Havanese puppies for sale can be difficult to locate. You will not find this breed at a shelter or generic pet store. Your best bet is to search online to find your perfect Havanese match as there are many online services available.
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Robert Dawson is a young freelance writer with a passion for dogs. Search havanese puppies online now.