The profuse double coat varies from wavy to curly.
All coat colors and patterns are acceptable; the most common colors are fawn, white and black.
The Havanese is a delightful companion - responsive, alert, curious, mindful, and fond of everyone. He grows very attached to his family and loves to amuse them with funny antics. Outgoing and intelligent, he lives up to his reputation as a charming companion.
This dog is at home in the city or country, as long as he can spend lots of time with his family. The Havanese is a good choice for some allergy sufferers because his coat is practically nonshedding. He is a good watchdog and will alert his owner to unusual activity, yet he is not prone to excessive barking or nervousness.
Havanese can enjoy sports like agility, obedience, flyball and canine freestyle. Their outgoing nature also makes them good therapy dogs.
Although the Havanese doesn't need huge amounts of exercise, he enjoys getting out and about to socialize and stretch his legs. He will gladly accompany his family wherever they go, whether it's around the house or around the block.
The Havanese needs a high-quality, nutritious diet. Most do well when fed twice a day.
A dog who thrives on the attention of his family, the Havanese is a quick and eager learner. He learns all kinds of tricks and requests with pleasure, as long as he is taught with positive, reward-based methods.
The Havanese gets along with people of all ages - including children - as well as all kinds of other pets.
The average life span of the Havanese is 13 to 15 years. While generally a very healthy breed, some health concerns include cataracts; dry skin; and patellar luxation.
Pet owners typically keep their Havanese in a short, clipped coat, as the long hair needs a great deal of attention. Because the coat is practically nonshedding, the dead hair must be removed by brushing, which should be done several times a week.
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