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The Havanese, a breed of the Bichon type, is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana (“little white dog of Havana”). The Blanquito descended from the also now extinct Bichon Tenerife. It is believed that the Blanquito was eventually cross-bred with other Bichon types, including the Poodle, to create what is now known as the Havanese. These dogs became devoted companions to the Spanish colonists in Cuba and were highly admired by the nobility. As part of the Cuban Revolution, upper-class Cubans fled to the United States, but few were able to bring their dogs. When American breeders became interested in the 1970s, the US gene pool was only 11 dogs. The American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognized the Havanese breed in 1996. With dedicated breeding, and the acquisition of some new dogs internationally, the Havanese has made a huge comeback and is one of the fastest growing breeds of dogs. – WIKIPEDIA
I’ve looked after a few Havanese over the years and am fond of this breed.
They’re happy. healthy little dogs. Two recent favourites:
This adorable pup first stayed with me last year, at the age of eight months. He was incredibly well-behaved for one so young and it was love at first sight. He belongs to the people who had Jack the Bichon, whom you met on April 2nd. After Jack died, there was a void in their lives and they decided to get another dog. Rupert has been a joy to them and also to me. What a sweetheart!
Nikita was also a first-timer last year, at the age of 14. She was healthy at the time. I’ve since learned she has lymphoma but is doing better than expected. Her mom is the sister of a close friend, so I had met her before when visiting her home. Easy-going and affectionate, she was the perfect houseguest and would be welcomed back, anytime.
Are you familiar with this breed?
Do you prefer small dogs or larger ones?
Looking forward to your comments!