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Gentle, playful, and very affectionate, the Havanese has a rather checkered and complex history, through no fault of their own. Often overlooked, the Havanese is a member of the “Bichon” family of canines, the most well-known being the Bichon Frise, which loosely translated means “curly lap dog.”
Its predecessor, the Bichon Lap Dog, was originally taken to Cuba in the 1600s by European travelers. This larger canine eventually gave birth to the Havanese Silk Dog (now extinct), which became a popular companion of Cuba's aristocracy. After being introduced to the poodle, Cuban breeders eventually created the current Havanese in the 1800s.
Breeding in the U.S. didn't begin until the 1970s, as the Cuban immigration of the 1960s became more intense in south Florida. The AKC finally recognized the Havanese in 1996. Finding Havanese puppies for sale from qualified breeders may still prove a challenge, but your search should be well rewarded.
Havanese puppies and adults are very sociable and normally get along with all the humans and other pets in your household. Like most canines, the Havanese puppy needs a firm, but gentle hand. You'll find your Havanese very easy to train if you maintain a leadership role. At less than 12 inches tall and less than 15 pounds, Havanese puppies for sale should enjoy a long and healthy life, providing devoted companionship for up to 15 years.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|