Havashu

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Western Mediterranean basin <> Tibet -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Havashu

A specific toy crossbreed, the Havashu inherits the courageous, loyal nature of the Shih Tzu and the feisty personality of the Havanese. Most dogs will have a long, flowing coat, particularly wavy at the ears and tail. Coat color varies, but many will be white and brown. The real appeal of Havashus is their loving nature and loyalty to their family. They make good companions for small children and can generally tolerate their company longer than most. The Havashu's quick wit should be maintained with a variety of fun games and activities.

History of the Havashu

Two beautiful long-haired breeds were crossed to create a new hybrid with many positive attributes. The Havashu is a cross between the Shih Tzu and the Havanese, and has probably been around for twenty years. There's not much to say about the Havashu's limited history, but we can turn to the story of its parents to better understand where it comes from.
        

A little of the Havanese Bichon

        
As its name suggests, the Havana Bichon originated in the Cuban city of Havana and is known as the Little White Dog of Havana. This original breed originated from dogs brought to Havana by the first settlers, but unfortunately no longer exists. Many of the most popular dog breeds, such as the Bichon Frise, Bolognese, Maltese and Coton de Tuléar, have their origins in this lineage. Spanish settlers in Cuba took a liking to these affectionate little dogs and quickly exported them to Europe. The breed became an endangered species in the 1950s, but subsequently became Cuba's national dog and now enjoys healthy popularity both in their native Cuba and abroad.
Standard of the Havanese Bichon

A little of the Shih Tzu

The Shih Tzu is a truly ancient breed, dating back to around 800 BC. Many believe they are Tibetan, although some experts claim they may be Chinese. The Shih Tzu is thought to be closely related to the Pekingese and Lhasa Apso, and these dogs share many common traits. The Shih Tzu has always been considered a dog of the upper classes and belonged to royalty and emperors. In the early 1900s, the Shih Tzu was brought to Europe and a few decades later arrived in America. It was in 1969 that they were recognized by the American Kennel Club as part of their toy group.
Standard of the Shih Tzu

Appearance of the Havashu

In truth, the Shih Tzu and the Havashu share many of the same physical characteristics and are both toy-sized dogs with robust bodies, however, there are several differences. The genes inherited by the Havashu are unpredictable. So, even within the same litter, the appearance of each puppy will vary to some extent. Small but compact, the Havashu reaches a height of 20 to 28 cm and weighs between 3 and 6.5 kg. They have a rounded head with relatively small ears that hang gently to the side of their face. Their eyes are dark and circular, giving them a mischievous, cheeky expression. Their muzzle is generally longer than that of the Shih Tzu and their face is less softened. They should have a long body and a good abdominal tuck. Their tail is generally very dense and curves over their body. The Havashu's coat is long and wavy with a variety of colors and potential patterns. The coat can be white, brown, black, cream and gray, and most dogs will have at least two coat colors.

Temperament of the Havashu

For many, the most endearing trait of all when it comes to the Havashu is their loving, trusting nature. These dogs are perfectly content with the company of their family and enjoy being around people at all times. They are more likely to be found snuggled up close to their owner or on their lap rather than in a corner of the room. Their love extends to the whole family, and they form particularly strong bonds with any children present. Mischievous and sometimes hyperactive, Havashus can have moments of madness when they'll sprint in bursts of energy before collapsing at your feet, obliterated. They love to take part in all kinds of games and will quickly catch on. The typical Havashu will get on well with any other cats or dogs that came before them, although adding a new pet to the mix can take some time. They may try to chase smaller pets, but never maliciously.

Needs and activities of the Havashu

Although Havershu's activity comes largely from indoor play and keeping up with the family, he'll need a daily walk preferably twice a day to burn off his abundant energy. If you have a small, secure yard, it's ideal for this busy little dog. But they adapt well to apartment life as long as they can get out for a walk or relax in the pet park, socializing with their four-legged friends. The Havashu is an alert dog, so events such as obedience or agility classes will provide mental stimulation, as she loves a challenge and likes to please.

Maintenance of the Havashu

The Havashu has moderate grooming needs and, although it doesn't shed much, its long coat will need regular brushing to keep it in good condition. Three times a week should be enough to keep him looking his best. A professional groomer may be needed for some regular trimming or stripping, depending on the density of his coat. While brushing his coat, it's a good time to check for wounds, infections or sores on his body. Check the inner ear for inflammation and clean it gently with a soft, damp cloth and dry it well. Only use special dog shampoos designed to preserve the natural oils of the coat and skin. While he's calm and getting all the attention, give his teeth a good brushing with a specialized dog product, then trim his nails if they need it, taking care not to cut too close to the root.

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