The Havanese, bred as companion dogs to Cuban nobility, makes the pawfect breed to snuggle up with at the end of the day. He won’t be content as just a lap dog, though; Havanese are active creatures who love to learn new tricks, and training them will be a blast!
1. They are the only dog breed native to Cuba.
The Havanese, also known as the Havana Silk Dog, is Cuba’s only native breed. They originate from and are named after the city of Havana.
2. Their silky coats serve a purpose.
The long, silky coat of the Havanese may seem quite warm. But in fact, instead of warmth, their coat is there for protection against the sun, preventing them from overheating.
3. They are easily trained.
Regardless of their size, the Havanese are up for big jobs! They’re often used as service dogs for the deaf, and they have even been used to sniff out mold and termites.
4. They’re good for people with allergies.
Due to their silky hair that grows continuously instead of the typical dog fur, they can be less irritating to people with allergies to dogs. However, like all dogs, Havanese still shed.
5. They have a literal spring to their step.
Havanese have a naturally bouncy gait that is unique to the breed, almost like bunnies. They even hop!
6. They’re attached to their owners.
They earned the title “Velcro dog” because they love sticking by their owner’s side so much. They’re true companion dogs who have offered their cuddles to humans since warming the laps of Cuban aristocracy during the 1800’s.
7. They live long lives.
Havanese are strong dogs with relatively low health problems for a toy breed. They usually live from 10-15 years.