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updated: Feb 16, 2013, 9:00 AM

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Okay I am submitting my Havanese Cinco for Dog of the Week. The Havanese is the National Dog of Cuba! Cinco loves to chase the ball, but will not bring it back, it is that descendant of royalty thing, he expects someone else to do that. He loves being home with Mommy and when she goes out of town he loves to go to the office (where we have a bring your dog to work policy, very therapeutic for clients and staff) and he wanders from office to office looking for food and telling staff that his parents never feed him.

This is from an Animal Planet feature they did on the breed:

The Havanese is one of the barbichon (later shortened to bichon) family of small dogs originating in the Mediterranean in ancient times. Spanish traders brought some of these dogs with them as gifts for Cuban women, allowing them to establish trading relationships. In Cuba, the little dogs were pampered as the special pets of the wealthy. They became known as Habeneros, and eventually some found their way back to Europe, where the breed was called the "white Cuban." They became quite popular, not only as pets of the elite but also as performing dogs. Their popularity as pets waned, however, and their stronghold remained in the circus, where they performed throughout Europe as trick dogs. Eventually the breed declined in numbers to such an extent that it was almost extinct not only in Europe but also in its native Cuba. A few remained in Cuba, however, and three families with their Havanese left Cuba for the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. Most present-day Havanese descend from these dogs. The breed has gradually aroused attention from dog fanciers and pet owners, and in 1996 the first Havanese entered an AKC show ring and was accepted for regular recognition as a member of the toy group as of the first day of 1999. The Havanese is also known as the Havana silk dog.

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 COMMENT 375015P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 09:54 AM

What a cutie


 COMMENT 375042 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 11:27 AM

so cute & a nice car too!


 COMMENT 375049P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 11:32 AM

What a sweet looking dog. I have a receiver dog too, only mine is a 105 lb mixed breed rescue. Now I know it is just that he is waiting for me to serve him rather than him serving me by bringing it to me.


 COMMENT 375053P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 12:09 PM

035P - don't. Why persecute this lady for sharing her puppy love. I support rescue, but I don't support the hijack of the weekly pet of the week post to beat people over the head with your POV. If you can't say 'nice dog', don't say anything at all!


 COMMENT 375114P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 02:19 PM

What a cute posting - thank you very much. Happy images.


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-16 06:40 PM

What a sweetheart. Where are Uno, Dos, Tres and Quatro?


 UPONTHEHILL agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 08:12 AM

He is adorable! I didn't realize they were bred from Bichons.
We had Bichons for many years. They are great. The body looks similar, but the face is very different.


 SUMMERTIME agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-17 11:05 AM

that adorable face makes me smile....


 ACF agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 01:52 PM

Havanese are also non-shedding dogs.


 COMMENT 375813 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 02:58 PM

What a great looking dog!
Is that his natural length coat or is he trimmed?


 CORKY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-18 07:45 PM



 COMMENT 376058P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-19 09:28 AM

Thank you for all of your comments about my son Cinco. After decades of having Golden Retrievers who looked for any excuse to run away from home, Cinco is a dream. He doesn't shed, they don't smell even if you don't bathe them for weeks, they are hypo-allergenic, they have very few health problems (as long as you buy one from a reputable breeder) because they have not been subject to excessive inbreeding like the goldens, the labs and some of the other breeds that have been in the US for decades. And as a "companion" breed they never run away, all they want to do is be with their master. The traditional coat is very long, they were originally bred to look like miniature English sheepdogs. Here are a couple of links in case you want more information: http://www.havanese.org/, http://www.socalhavs.org/. Thank you again, his big smile makes us happy each and every day!


 COMMENT 423907 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-24 08:38 AM

I never knew about this breed. I'm not typically partial to small dogs, but yours really caught my eye. Thanks for submitting him to Edhat!


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