Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Havanese Cuban Bichon; Bichon Havanais; Bichon Havanês; Havaneser; Havanezer; Bichon Habanero
The national dog of Cuba, the Havanese is an adorable toy once beloved of the island nation's aristocrats. There's a mix of Bichon and Poodle in its heritage, resulting in a confident and surprisingly intelligent little dog that has become a highly regarded companion. They can make great apartment pets who love to cuddle with their people, but these highly social dogs should not be left alone for long periods of time. A neglected Havanese could prove to be surprisingly chewy, barky, or timid.
Appearance / health:
The Havanese is a small, furry, soft-to-touch dog. It has a sturdy body that is slightly longer than it is tall with well-boned, straight legs covered with long hair. The head is quite small with a short somewhat-blunt muzzle. The eyes are large, dark, and almond-shaped. The ears are medium-sized, set low, covered with long hair and droopy. The breed has a short tail covered with long, silky hair that is normally carried over the back in a curve.
The Havanese does not shed much. However, it requires regular brushing to remove dead hair. It also requires a regular brushing of teeth and a regular checkup of ears and eyes.
The Havanese loves to run, jump, climb, or chase. While it does not require vigorous exercise, frequent physical activity helps to keep it in good shape.
The Havanese is generally a healthy breed. However, it may be prone to diseases such as: CD (Osteochondrodysplasia); luxating patella (displacement of kneecap); and hip dysplasia.
Behavior / temperament:
The breed is curious and alert, observing things around it with keen interest. Clever and active, the Havanese likes to perform tricks to entertain people around it.
The Havanese has a high level of intelligence and learns quickly. It responds well to obedience training.
By nature, the Havanese is not a compulsive barker.
healthy, small sturdy breed, absolute lap dog, affectionate, sociable, beautiful silky coat
separation anxiety, regular grooming, sensitive stomach, hairskin issues, barkers, SEVERE allergies
great trick dog, double coated breed, puppy clip, ‘bell method
He's the dog I love (but also the one who drives me insane sometimes)
We chose a Havanese because of the minimal shedding, the fact that they are good lap dogs, and his size.
We've had a very difficult time potty training. Up until we got him, he had never been outside (4.5 months old). It wasn't until his 1st birthday that it seemed to click. Then he was good for about 4 months with no accidents at all, and he has since had troubles again on and off.
He also loves being the center of attention. If he isn't being touched or isn't on your lap, he's not happy. Separation anxiety is an issue, which I'm sure is exacerbated by the fact that I work from home.
We do need to keep him clipped short in a puppy cut because otherwise we just can't keep up with the grooming. The hair is fluffy and soft to snuggle with, but tangles just by looking at it when long.
His eyes do drain, a lot. And he has some cherry eye issues--within weeks of having surgery to correct one, the other one decided it wanted in on the fun.
Overall he is our baby and a very lovable dog. Everyone he meets wants to take him home. While a little scared of kids at first, he warms up to them quickly and seems to think "Ooo! Someone my size to play with!".
We can't imagine life without him and under the right circumstances would definitely get another..
From klynngrant2 Jul 2 2015 9:31AM
Great for certain cases of chronic vomiting
Two main underlying causes of gastroesophageal reflux are recent anesthesia and chronic vomiting, which can be caused by a number of different conditions like chronic gastritis or gastroenteritis, chronic pancreatitis, food allergies, lympangiectasia, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease etc. Dogs suffering from chronic gastritis and duodenitis, which aren't caused by allergens, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, acute and chronic pancreatitis and lymphangiectasia (if you use low fat i/d), liver disease, and dogs who don't have a particular diagnosis, but have a "sensitive stomach" will benefit the most from this diet. In cases of metabolic and endocrine diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, foreign bodies, etc. this type of diet wont be much help, though it's always useful for your dog to eat something which is more digestible when they have GI problems. Foods which are easy to digest move faster through the GI tract and induce less acid production, thus helping the healing process, by reducing the acid production and further damage, as well as reducing the time GI tracts spends digesting food so it can have more time to heal. Hill's I/D and other commercial "gastro-intestinal" diets have been tailored according to research suggesting level of nutrients best for management of GI inflammation. Besides the composition of the diet there are few other factors which can be beneficial. Wet foods are better, and even better if they've been heated to 20-38°C. Also small and more frequent meals work better then just one big meal. .
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 164 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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