How Do You Adopt a Havanese?


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There are a number of online resources available to those looking adopt a Havanese, including Havanarescue.com and Petfinder.com. There is also a Havanese adoption group on Facebook called "Rescue Me!"

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How Do You Adopt a Havanese?
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The Havanese originated in Cuba in the 19th century. The breed is descended from the Bichon Frise and shares some characteristics with its ancestor. It was bred as a companion dog for the Cuban aristocracy and is characterized by a long, wavy coat and a gentle, affectionate and intelligent temperament. Despite its small stature, the Havenese is energetic, highly trainable and requires regular exercise. The breed also needs daily grooming and maintenance of its light outer coat and denser undercoat, which tends to mat if left untended.

Nicknamed "velcro dogs," Havanese can suffer from extreme separation anxiety due to their strong attachment to their owners, and can also experience issues with housebreaking. Their grooming requirements and separation anxiety issues often lead owners to re-home them, making this breed widely available for adoption. The breed makes a good companion and family dog for prospective dog owners who have sufficiently researched their needs and are prepared to undertake their upkeep. When given proper care, a Havanese can live 14 to 16 years.

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