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Havanese Breed Profile
8 1/2"- 11 1/2" at the withers
7-15 lbs., Ideal 9-11lbs.
Sturdy, a bit longer than tall with a topline having a gradual incline to the croup, drop ears, broad skull and flat cheeks, curled tail over the back like a plume.
White, Cream, Champagne, Black, Blue, Red,
Silver, Gold, Chocolate, Parti-Color and Tri-colored, all colors accepted in the show ring except Blue.
Thick, Profuse hair either flat, curly or wavy with a soft double coat. Long flowing hair extends towards the extremities. Wavy hair is preferred for show quality.
Unique, lively and "springy" which accentuates the happy-go-lucky character
Friendly to everything and everyone, quick-witted little "show-offs", loves human companionship, plays tirelessly with a happy bounce. Great watch dog, but too friendly to be considered for serious protection. Loves to sit high-up so as to see everything- especially on the back of a sofa or chair. Must continue to be socialized to maintain temperament.
This breed is excellent for allergy sufferers, because this breed is low to non-shedding. They are bred for indoors, NOT suitable solely as an outdoor/backyard dog. Requires semi-constant companionship. Is trainable for kenneling while owners are absent.
12-15 years, with some recorded at 18 years old.
The Havanese are susceptible to Juvenile cataracts, Hip dysplasia, Luxating Patellas, Deafness, tear staining, progressive retinal atrophy, Heart and Liver Shunts, Renal dysplasia.
Average-high demanding in short spurts of about 30 mins.- 1 hour. Most like daily walks.
Highly intelligent, suitable for agility and obedience competition. Learns quickly and enjoys pleasing people. Rarely needs harsh scolding or physical discipline. Few tend to bark a lot, but can be taught not to do so. It is not in their nature to bark excessively or constantly once familiar with their surroundings.
Regular brushing or combing 3-4 times a week is needed to keep hair tangle-free. For pets, a clipped short coat helps for easy maintenance. For show dogs, the coat is worn long and uncut with a natural rounded foot while the excess hair is clipped from in-between the pads. Hygenic cuts around the anus and groin areas is exceptable for show.
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