History, Personality, Exercise & Health Problems
These highly affectionate dogs have a distinctive personality which easily pleases everyone. The early Spanish settlers came and settled in Cuba. With them, they also brought the early ancestors of Havanese. Those early races interbred and were restrained within a particular area, and eventually, the Havanese breed came into the scene. Their signature silky coat gave them a distinctive appearance. They also made their existence felt in the aristocratic families in Cuba. Their numbers dwindled in the past and were on the verge of getting extinct in the eighteenth century.
They are gentle and fun-loving breed, and continuously craves human attention. The owner can see the dog following him from room to room, and can even get anxious when it doesn’t get proper attention. Most dogs come with an intelligent mind, and will constantly try to impress the family members with their clownish acts. Some tend to sit at a place and enjoy the world continue with its work. The owner’s lap can be a safe den for few of the species. The temperament of the dog can be an issue for some. The nature of the dog can get influenced by different factors such as individual training, hereditary, and socialization. The young pups are always curious about the surroundings.
Despite their small and compact size, these little wonders need a fair amount of activities to burn the extra calories which most of them develop in their growing years. A long walk in the park will do make their muscles and bones strong. The owner can also arrange the game of fetch once in a while for the dog.
This species can develop conditions like Hip dysplasia, where the hip joints get affected due to degeneration. Elbow dysplasia, which is similar to hip dysplasia, and is the disease of the elbow joints. Chondrodysplasia is the disformity of the limbs. Legg-Perthes disease is the condition of the hip joint balls. Cataracts, an eye disease which can cause massive vision loss. Also, they can have some other disorders such as Patellar luxation, deafness, Heart Murmur, and Mitral Valve syndrome.
Training & Feeding
Some may need things like leash training in the long run. Some can get disobedient at times. To prevent this, they will need an obedience training in their early childhood days. Well, house training can be a challenging task for the Havanese breed. Crate training is a must.
Our recommendation will be half to one cup of high-quality dry foods for the dogs. The food should be divided into two servings in a day. How much a dog eats, highly depends on various factors. It’s highly individualistic. These factors include things like age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism. A thorough consultation with the vet in this regard in highly needed.