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The Havanese is the National Dog of Cuba, and the country’s only native breed. This friendly dog has enjoyed a busy history, from being the pampered lap dog of the aristocracy to the protector of his family’s poultry flock to cherished playmate of the children of the family.
Havanese are small and sturdy with a continuously growing silky hair coat that requires frequent grooming, but because they don't shed, they're an excellent choice for people who are prone to allergies. They are a spirited, playful breed and great with children, making them an ideal family dog.
They are adaptable to many environments, but prefer to be with their human companions due to their highly social tendencies. Havanese are quite energetic and require daily exercise, but their otherwise calm demeanor makes them great therapy or assistance dogs.
Although great for families and those affected by allergies, Havanese are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Havanese are prone to include hip and knee problems such as hip dysplasia, medial patellar luxation and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; and eye conditions such as cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your spry Havanese inherits more than just his parents’ spirited attitude, you’re covered.