Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight: Havanese
If there were one dog to mirror the spunk and energy of Cuba, it would be the Havanese. This breed is perfect for just about any family and is loyal to a fault. Read more about this small yet highly spirited dog in the Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight on the Havanese.
History & Background: Just like the cognate for the name of this dog, the Havanese hail from Havana, Cuba where they were derived from the Blanquito de la Habana or the “The Little White Dog From Havana.” The Havanese is actually the national dog of Cuba and is the only breed that originated from this country. It’s thought this breed was mixed with other Bichon types, including the poodle, to create what is now the Havanese. Even though this breed hails from Cuba, it’s ancestors can be traced back to Spain. This dog has been known by many names such as the Havana Silk Dog and the Spanish Silk Poodle.
Even though this dog is a part of the toy family, it’s not just a lap dog. Havanese used to be guard dogs and herders for poultry flocks, watchdogs and playmates for children in Cuba. This dog has gained a lot of popularity in the show ring in past years and as of 1996 was recognized by the AKC.
Height: 8½ to 11½ inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 7 to 13 pounds
Coat: The Havanese sports a double coat, however it is unlike most breeds with this trait. This dog’s outer coat, which on most is coarse and dense, is soft and light. Overall, a Havanese’s fur is abundant, long, wavy and should be silky to the touch. This dog’s coat is functional, too. The Havanese coat is built for the tropical climates in which it originated. The lightweight coat is used as a sunshade for hot days. Read more