In this day and age, dogs have become part of human existence, and many people care for them in the same way they care for their children, starting from feeding, housing, and other special treatments. With many breeds of dogs around, it may be difficult to have all of them at once. Even with that, you can’t keep your eyes from admiring the one with expressive eyes, long silky hair, and cuddly size. If you ask what breed this is, some of the people aware of them will not hesitate to say that its Havanese breed.
Havanese comes from Havana which is a city of Cuba. Some sources have it that Havanese first originated from Spain and after that taken over to Cuba by either Spanish colonialists or Italian traders during the 1800s. In Cuba, the dog became popular and precious to many people especially the wealthy. Many Cubans were affected when communism took hold and decided to relocate to the US without leaving their pretty dogs behind. During the mid-eighteenth century, Havanese increased their popularity in England, especially because Queen Victoria had one, not forgetting Charles Dickens.
Back in Cuba, their popularity also increased, but after the revolution, their numbers started to decline. They were almost becoming extinct, but thanks to the few Cuban families who bred them, we have them all over the world today. In the 1970s, an American couple found the descendants of the eleven Havanese brought from Cuba and decided to reestablish the breed. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1995, and the rest is history. With this fascinating history of Havanese, you may think that you already know everything about the breed, but that’s just a small portion. That’s why we went out hunting and found 20 things only Havanese owners would understand to help you learn more about this breed.