Havanese

Havanese

Havanese

The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba, it is also the nation’s only native breed. They came to Cuba from Tenerife in the early 16th century, sailing on trade ships. At the time Cuban trade was highly restricted by the Spanish, and for many years Tenerife was one of their only open ports. An average Havanese weighs somewhere between 9 to 16 lbs, and would require a Medium PlexiDor dog door.

The Havanese has an interesting history even in modern time; every dog in the world today that lives outside of Cuba stems from 11 dogs who fled Cuba with their owners at the time of revolution.

Their coat can look warm, but it developed to insulate and protect the dogs from the tropical sun, and it is light and soft. The Havanese require regular grooming, but they do not shed.

This is a small and sturdy breed. They are generally friendly, and become very attached to their families. They are known for being affectionate, intelligent, playful, and easy to train. They don’t bark much, some never bark, and they get along well with dogs, cats, people, and other pets.

The Havanese is a healthy breed with an average life span of 14-15 years. They need exercise, but generally do well in apartments. This is not a good breed to choose for an outside dog; they want to be with their family. They are also known under the names Bichon Havanais, Havana Silk Dog, and Bichone Havanese.

The PlexiDor Medium is the right size dog door for Havanese.

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