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5 Interesting Facts About the Havanese Breed

5 Interesting Facts About The Havanese Breed

Havanese dogs are well-loved and well-known by many dog owners for good reason. These toy dogs, which come in a variety of colors, are not just great to have as companions, but have an interesting history as well. Learn more about the Havanese dog breed below!

They Have A Variety Of Names

They have a variety of names

The Havananese is part of the Bichon family and goes by several other names as well such as Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichón Havanése, Havaneser, Bichon Habanero, Havanezer, and Bichon Havanais. That’s a lot of different names for such  a small dog!

Theyre The National Dog Of Cuba

They’re the national dog of Cuba

This breed originated in Tenerife, an island in Spain, just like the Bichon Frise. They traveled to Cuba by boat and because of their friendly personality, became popular in Cuba. And not only are they the national dog of Cuba, they are the country’s only native breed of dog.

They Almost Came Close To Extinction

They almost came close to extinction

During the Cuban Revolution, the breed became close to extinction. Just a few Cubans who fled to the US were able to bring their Havanese dogs with them. In the 70s, the total population of this dog breed was just 11. However, those who migrated to the US were slowly able to build the breed back up. Now, the Havanese are considered to be one of the top 25 most popular dog breeds in a list of 200 dog breeds

They Have A Great Personality

They have a great personality

The Havenese’s great personality is what made them popular in Cuba in the first place. Because of their social personalities, they make great companions and are extremely loyal. Additionally, they’re also very trainable, which is why they are used to sniff out mold, termites and herd ducks, and often used as service dogs.

They Need Constant Human Interaction

They need constant human interaction

Because of their very social and affectionate personality, they crave being with their owners constantly. Havanese are sometimes referred to as “velcro dogs” as they literally try to stick beside their owner as much as they can. The downside of this is that they easily get separation anxiety, so it’s best not to leave your dog on their own for a long time. So if you don’t have time to always be with them, best to think twice about getting a Havanese. 

And there you have it! Do you have any plans of owning one of these friendly balls of fluff? Which fact did you enjoy learning about the most?

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