Sunday, January 19, 2014

HAVANESE (Dog)

I chose this breed of dog as I am rather partial to "Bichon" type dogs.

The Havanese is a breed of Bichon type and is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana ("the little white dog of Havana").  The Blanquito descended from the also now extinct Bichon Tenerife.  It is believed that the Blanquito was eventually cross-bred with other Bichon types, including the Poodle, to create what is now known as the Havanese.  Sometimes referred to as "Havana Silk Dogs", this was originally another name for the Blanquito de la Habana.


The Havanese is small in size and sturdy in structure with a tail carried arched forward up over its back and ears that drop and fold.  The coat is abundant, long, and silky and comes in all colours.  The Havanese has a spirited personality and a curious disposition, and is notable for its springy gait, a characteristic that distinguishes the breed from all others.  It is considered an ideal family pet and a true companion dog.  They are highly adaptable to almost any environment, and their only desire is to be with their human companions.  Because of their strong social needs, they will not thrive in an environment where they are isolated for several hours each day.


As stated above the Havanese is a member of the Bichon family of dogs.  The progenitors are believed to have come from Tenerife.  Ship manifests from Tenerife bound for Cuba list dogs as passengers brought aboard, and these dogs were most probably the dog of Tenerife.  Some believe the entire Bichon family of dogs can be traced back to the Tenerife dog. while others theorise that the origins are in Malta, citing the writings of Aristotle, and other historical evidence of the early presence of these dogs in  Malta.  Whatever the actual origins of Bichon dogs, these little dogs soon became devoted companions to the Spanish colonists in Cuba and were highly admired by the nobility.


As part of the Cuban Revolution, upper-class Cubans fled to the United States, but few were able to bring their dogs with them.  When American breeders became interested in this rare and charming dog in the 1970s, the US gene pool was only 11 dogs.  With dedicated breeding and the acquisition of some new dogs internationally, the Havanese has made a huge comeback and is one of the fastest growing breed of dogs in the American Kennel Club.






14 comments:

  1. My anthromorphic self says that they look such a 'happy dog'. A complete charmer.
    Thanks Mimsie.

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  2. You are so right EC. I feel if you owned one of these he or she would make you feel happy just having him or her by your side. I think I can actually a smile on the face of most of them.

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  4. A very interesting story on this cute little dog, thanks Mimsie! I hope it starts to get cooler for you soon.


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    1. I thought it rather cute too. No cooler, in fact another heatwave in Perth this week and no sea breeze to cool us until next Sunday!! Temps ranging from 34º-37ºC all week. Not good at all.


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  5. Hari OM
    A fitting H candidate! Adorable. YAM xx

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    1. Yes and a Happy H candidate too. xx

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  6. I like that last photo best....it looks so happy.

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    1. ...and ready for mischief too perhaps?

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  7. They are lovely looking dogs but do they require a lot of brushing.
    Merle..............

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    1. Perhaps a lot of hard work keeping them looking perfect. Our cat too requires brushing everyday especially as she loses her winter coat but she is small so not too difficult and she would let herself be brushed all day. Loves it.

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  8. They're such great looking little dogs, they look like they're about to leap out of my screen and play with me.

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  9. They certainly are and I get the same impression. Cheeky little fellows ready for a game.

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