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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 56 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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