I would like to start a thread for discussing Havanese dogs. Anyone heard of them? Mine is six years old; his name is Biscuit. These are a rare Cuban breed. Not many people know of them. I do have experience with dogs, and they are the best all-around, IMO.
Some history- Havanese are from the Bichon group of dogs. I consider them to be like Icelandic chickens, they come in so many different sizes are colors. Always, though, they are on the smaller-medium side. Queen Victoria had two and Charles Dickens had one named Tim. Barbara Walter has one named "Cha-Cha". They were circus dogs way back when, and are very easy to train. They were used as chicken herders in Cuba! What could be better?
They don't shed. They have hair, not fur. It can grow very long but grows at a fairly slow rate so easy to keep in a puppy cut, which I prefer. Don't need to be groomed very often. They are not aggressive or yappy like many other small dogs. Very sweet, family friendly and get along with other dogs great.
Great with small kids, too! Love to play tug and fetch, but if you don't want to, they won't make you. They couldn't protect against crime, but bark when things come into the yard. Great with the chickens, too.
Plus, they're cute! YES, very cute. Not usually found in pounds/humane societies since they're rare, mainly just breeders. Really a great dog all-around. They LOVE to be around humans. Mine has escaped around the nieghborhood several times without me even knowing, and he always comes right back home!
Did I mention that mine has NEVER brought an animal of any sort into the house? He grew out of squirrel chasing as a puppy. I think that Havanese are like Delawares- Everyone should have one.
Here is our Biscuit. Sorry, small picture. He needed a haircut here, as we prefer a puppy cut.
Havanese on Dogs 101- http://animal.discovery.com/videos/dogs-101-havanese.html
Google Images- http://www.google.com/search?q=havanese&hl=en&safe=off&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7ADBF_en&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=JdvmTdijF4rn0QGSxeWOCw&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1020&bih=593
Edited by PepsNick - 6/1/11 at 6:05pm