Havanese: Health Issues & Personality

The Havanese originated in the Mediterranean during ancient times.  Spanish traders expanded the breed to Cuba, where they were referred to as Habeneros.  Some even found their way to Europe, where they were popular as lap dogs for the rich and royal, and used as trick dogs in circuses.

The Havanese nearly went extinct in Europe and even in Cuba as their numbers slowly dwindled.  Fortunately, as Cuban families emigrated to the United States in the 1950's and 60's, they brought their Habeneros with them.  The Havanese gained in numbers, and were officially recognized in the United States in 1999.

This is a lively and entertaining breed, with a desire to be the center of attention at all times!  They get along well with other pets, children, and even strangers.  Although highly energetic, your Havanese can get by with a short walk, once per day.  Be sure to brush the coat two to four times per week, to avoid tangles.

Average Lifespan Of The Havanese: 12-14 years.
Average Weight: 7-13 lbs.

Inherited Health Disorders:

Patellar Luxation:  Dislocation of the kneecap that can be easily corrected with routine surgery if serious.
Exercise Requirements: 3/5
Affection Level: 5/5
Friendliness-Other Pets:
Friendliness-Strangers: 5/5
Ease Of Training:

About The Ratings:

Exercise Requirements:
1: Low, 5: High
Affection Level:
1: Introverted, 5: Extroverted.
Friendliness-Other Pets:
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
Ease Of Training:
1: Most Difficult, 5: Least Difficult.
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