The Havanese is a lively, affectionate, and social breed. They are considered to be a ”velcro” dog because they tend to follow their loved ones around and do not let them out of their sight. They are typically eager to learn and therefore quite trainable.
Hailing from Cuba in the 1800s, the Havenese was bred as a companion dog. They aren’t just a lapdog, though. The Havanese are surprisingly energetic and easily trainable. They have an infectious personality and get along with everyone – strangers, dogs, children, even cats. They absolutely love their families and will stay close to them as much as possible. Because of this, the Havenese can suffer from separation anxiety if away from their owner for long periods of time.
The Havenese are actually quite trainable, excelling as therapy and assistance dogs. They also have a surprising amount of energy for a small dog – they require as much exercise as a large dog. They can be a con artist, though, if they are not trained properly. They will usually bark when they hear or see a stranger but they generally do not bark just for the sake of barking.
Major Health Concerns: The Havanese is a healthy breed overall, but may be prone to cherry eye, hip dysplasia, and patellar luxation.
Interesting Fact: The Havanese was originally bred as companion dogs for wealthy individuals and families in Cuba.
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