Havana Bichon (Havanese, Havana lapdog)


The Havanese dog breed has a very long history, because their ancestors are mentioned in the writings of Aristotle. Although, in fact, here, as always, opinions differ. Some believe that Hawanese originated from Malta, it was he, or rather his ancestors, while others believe that the breed originated from Tenerife.

Subsequently, this breed from the Bichon family came to Cuba along with the colonists, among whom it had great success. More precisely, the breed was successful among the noble ladies of the nobility, who appreciated them for their appearance and character. For a long time, the Havana Bichon lived in Cuba, first with the nobles, then – mainly with wealthy Europeans and Cubans.

When a revolution took place in Cuba in modern times, many Americans and Europeans, like the rich indigenous inhabitants of this island, fled to America, of course, taking their little favorites with them. However, in America, no one was engaged in breeding and crossing these dogs, there were no breeders, there were no kennels, and the breed began to slowly but surely die out.

Only in 1970, enthusiasts appeared who wanted to breed the Havana Bichon breed, but by this time only 11 individuals remained alive. Havanese received official recognition in 1996. Much has changed since then, over the past 25 years, and the breed has grown significantly in numbers, emerging from the risk group, and ranked 25th most popular in the United States in 2013.


The Havana Bichon is a very cute and open-minded breed. These pets are extremely attached to their family and owner, they are distinguished by great devotion and kindness. Their friendliness is endless. In fact, from time immemorial they did not perform any other functions, except to be a wonderful companion for a person, a faithful, good friend who will be with you in sorrow and in joy.

This breed easily makes contact, and, as a rule, there are no problems or rejection with strangers. Often, the Havana Bichon chooses one of the family members as the main owner, and tries to spend all his time with this person. Little of. There is even a problem that occurs quite often, called stickiness.

That is, this is the state of mind of your pet, when he literally follows on the heels of his master, sleeps with him, sits on his lap next to him when he eats, and is literally next to him every minute. Accordingly, the animal does not experience the moments of separation very well, and when it sees the owner again, there is no limit to the joy.

The energy level of the breed, on the one hand, is above average, on the other hand, it does not require special physical exertion, long walks and other things. Although, if you decide to walk longer than usual, the dog will certainly be glad. Two 20-minute walks in the yard a day will be enough for her, as well as a certain amount of time playing at home. Children are perceived well, they get along well with other pets, but it is better to be friends with them at an early age.

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Common diseases

Havana Bichon can suffer from the following diseases:

  • dislocation of the patella;
  • liver disease;
  • heart problems;
  • retinal dysplasia;
  • cataract.

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