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FaustHouse Havanese

Havanese Breed Profile



Height: 
8 1/2"- 11 1/2" at the withers

Weight
7-15 lbs., Ideal 9-11lbs.

Physical Appearance
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.

Colors:
White, Cream, Champagne, Black, Blue, Red, 
Silver, Gold, Chocolate,  Parti-Color and Tri-colored, all colors accepted in the show ring except Blue.

Coat:
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.

Gait:
Unique, lively and "springy" which accentuates the happy-go-lucky character

Temperament:
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.

Living Environment:  
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.

Life Expectancy:  
12-15 years, with some recorded at 18 years old.

Health Concerns: 
The Havanese are susceptible to Juvenile cataracts, Hip dysplasia, Luxating Patellas, Deafness, tear staining, progressive retinal atrophy, Heart and Liver Shunts, Renal dysplasia.

Exercise:
Average-high demanding in short spurts of about 30 mins.- 1 hour.  Most like daily walks.

Learning Rate:
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.

Grooming:
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.