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Havanese

 (other names: Bichon Havanais, White Cuban, Havana Silk Dog)

Havanese
origin:Cuba
date origin:18th century
life expectancy:14 years
classification:Toy
height:20 to 28 cm
weight:3 to 6 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Easyclimate: Hotin/out: Indoorgrooming: Needs groomingsize: Small
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History [ edit ]

The Havanese is a small dog that belongs to the Bichon family, originally from the Mediterranean regions and pre-dates the birth of Christ. However, this fluffy dog was develop in Cuba around the eighteenth century and is, in fact, the only indigenous breed of the country. It is though that during the 16th century, Spanish settlers took their dogs with them to Cuba. The breeds they took were uncertain, but it must have been dogs from the Bichon´s family: the Maltese, the Bolognese, the Bichon Frise or even all. With later crosses between them the Havanese was created. Many of these dogs might also have been trading goods that were sold to the richest Cuban families.

Like his closest relatives, the Havanese was always a companion dog, associated with the aristocracy and in Cuba they were no exception a