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Bichon havanais
A treasure of the dogworld developed in Cuba!

The history of Bichon havanais is a mystery but it is sure that the roots of the breed lead to the shores of the Mediterranean. It is a possible that the immigrants exported their dogs to the new world with them, likewise the seacaptains who then donated their dogs to families which they visited. This way the European toy breeds landed also into Cuba in which the population began to develope to its own direction, towards bichon havanais. It is possible that local and/or continent American little dogs mixed with imported stock.

At that time the breed was not yet such as we understand it now but dogs were mated with each other, according to the owners' interests. Bichon havanais is the product of the slave society so the result was mostly whitish (dark colours were not popular even though they also were born.), elegant, charming animal that needed care and pleased especially the aesthetic eye of the ladies.

Bichon havanais kept up its place in Cuba down to the revolution of Castro as the pet of the upper class. The luck of the breed was that the people loved their dogs so much that the owners took these dogs with them with big sacrifices when escaping from Cuba.

The Americans became expectedly interested in these little dogs of emigrants' and the cooperation began for the breed's favour. Originally the quite small stock was strengthened by looking for the new dogs even through the newspaper advertisements.

With the cooperation of the Cuban immigrants and Americans the ground of the bichon havanais breed was provided and the world conquest of this little, attractive dog could begin. Bichon havanais came to Europe through Germany in the early 1980's. The first representatives of the breed arrived into Finland in 1989 and today there are these dogs living in our country already more than 2000 individuals. The breeding of bichon havanais was considerably facilitated when AKC confessed the breed in 1995 and the black colour was accepted by FCI in autumn 1997.

The popularity of the bichon havanais is based on its beautiful appearance, on the charming character and versatility as a hobby dog. With it can one attend in the dogshows, participate in obedience trials, be competing in agility or only be comfortably together with taking care of the dog.

One bichon havanais owner has perhaps described the dog most hitting: Bichon havanais has a bow as body and springs as feets. When these are connected together with really bright brain, the result will be a matchless rascal in the small pretty parcel.

Original text: Kirsti Koivu, kennel Visakoivun
translation from finnish into english: Marjo Heikka and Riitta Hautanen