The Havanese Knows How to Havana Good Time

Don't let the small stature of this Toy dog fool you; the Havanese has a big personality and talent to spare.


Smart, nimble and loving, the Havanese is accomplished in any number of canine sports and activities. Among the venues where this multitalented dog can be found are the agility, conformation, obedience and rally rings, as well as nursing homes, hospitals and schools, where their therapy visits are eagerly anticipated.

Havanese have been described as having springs on their legs. Their athletic ability and love of running and jumping make them ideally suited to competition in agility trials, and it’s not unusual to see a Havanese in hot competition, racing through the course, hair flying.

One of those speedy agility demons is Ch. MACH Meme Zee’s Bob-A-Loo E, CGC, CD (Loo E to his friends). Whew! Lots of initials for a little dog. The MACH stands for Masters Agility Championship, and agility is one of his favorite activities. Loo E has also turned his paw to conformation and obedience. He has a conformation championship (Ch.) and a Companion Dog (CD) title. Together, his titles earned him a Versatility award from the Havanese Club of America. What’s next? Well, you may see him competing in Rally or going for a more advanced obedience title.

Other Havanese spread cheer by visiting nursing home residents and hospital patients or helping children improve their reading skills. They may perform tricks, snuggle in laps or go for a ride in a wheelchair. People talk to them, pet them and laugh at their antics. The visits make everyone’s day. At schools, they listen patiently while students read them stories. The best thing about Havanese reading partners is that they never criticize, only appreciate.

Other activities in which Havanese excel include flyball and freestyle. In flyball, their speed stands them in good stead. And in freestyle, well, who better than a Cuban dog to excel in dance moves? When you have a Havanese, it’s easy to strut your stuff in any number of dog events.

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Patty   painesville, Ohio

3/2/2013 12:49:28 PM

How do I get my almost 2 year old havanese to ring a bell when she needs to go out?

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Merry Jeanne   Hihg Point, NC

5/18/2008 2:06:06 PM

What a great article. You did a wonderful job with your research. Thank you for sharing such great information about such a great breed.

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Jim   NYC, NY

5/17/2008 3:54:15 AM

It's refreshing to read such a well written article about the Havanese in the July 2008 Dog World. Most writers will gloss over the warts, but your well researched article gives the reader the essential information they need before making a decision to purchase a Havanese. It is a shame to learn the Havanese are being bred without regard to the breed's health. Thank God there are others with the strength of character to rescue the Havana dog fromm extinction.

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Michele Johannes   St. Charles, MO

5/15/2008 7:07:52 PM

I just about orderd a subscription to dog world, but I didn't. After seeing what you have done to the Havanese, my breed. HCA is not in support of the HSDAA drival. Neither am I, I am glad I did not order your magazine. I did order a subscription to Dogs in Review and have even placeds ads, I will no longer support your publications anymore. When my subscription expirese I will not renew, I will not recommend your magazines, I am extreamly disapointed in your

I am a family member who is on the Board of Directors and know the lengths at which the tried to correct a situation they knew would turn out just as it has. Your group proved them right. Slanted article with half truths from the folks that could not play in the sand box so the packed up thier dogs and created a new breed.

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