It appears that evidently each nation has its personal historical past relating to canines and which canines develop into the actual canine which has flourished in that nation. Cuba is not any exception, for it’s the native nation of the Havanese. Though the Havanese most likely originated with the Spanish settlers of Cuba many centuries in the past as descendants of the Bichon Barbichon of Southern Spain , it turned obvious after a few years of growth that the canine was destined to develop into a novel breed. As a result of at first there appeared to be many of those little toy canines that carried a particular coat shade of a deep brown comparable in shade to that of the cigar, it’s theorized that the identify “Havanese” got here from the identify “Havana Brown” which is the primary recognized identify of the canine. Ultimately this identify was popularized into the identify “Havanese” and it’s below this identify that the canine is now acknowledged as an A.Ok.C. breed.
This little canine is comparable in lots of respects to the Bichon Frize. Nonetheless the coat shade will be of any mix or mixture, whereas the Bichon is all the time white. The coat of the Havanese is lengthy and shaggy and the requirements for the present ring require that the coat not be clipped, altered, or tampered with in any means. The coat is double. Nonetheless, since it is a bred that has lived for years within the tropics, the double coat shouldn’t be “onerous” or woolly however is gentle and silkyin look and texture, relatively like that of a single coat. The guard hairs of the highest coat are lengthy and relatively wavy. The A.Ok.C. additionally permits for the mature Havanese to be proven in a “corded” coat. A Corded coat will occur naturally if, because the canine is maturing, the coat is allowed to separate itself into parted clumps of hair which regularly will wrap round themselves over time (normally with human interference) and become cords. Such a coat is seldom seen on a pet Havanese for it takes plenty of persistence to “practice” a coat on this method. The top is furnished with a beard and hair which is lengthy over the eyes. This lengthy hair is believed to guard the eyes of the canine from the new Cuban solar and due to this it has develop into custom for this breed to depart the hair in a unfastened fall over the eyes relatively than pulling it again right into a topknot. The Havanese shouldn’t be a big canine, on the withers the peak shouldn’t be over 11 and a half inches, the minimal being eight inches.
This little canine must be jaunty and blissful in look and naturally ought to have a temperament to match. It’s a canine that has been used by centuries as a household pet and likewise a herder and protector of the household rooster flock, a activity which it could possibly carry out fairly nicely. It’s an energetic breed and never one to stay quiet for lengthy, as some small lap canines do. This little canine is kind of clever and does nicely at tips and likewise excels in such ring sports activities as obedience and agility and flyball.