Grizzly the Havanese

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This adorable little guy is Grizzly! He's 9 months old!

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Havanese are a member of the Bichon family! These sweet, social dogs, love hot weather and having fun! They are extremely outgoing. They make wonderful companions and family pets.

They are the national dog of Cuba. Spanish colonists brought dogs to Cuba from Tenerife, one of the seven Canary Islands of Spain. The dog was admired greatly by Spanish nobility. During the Cuban Revolution, upper-class Cubans fled to the United States, some were able to bring their dogs, thus the Havanese was introduced to the United States. [1] They were not recognized by the American Kennel Club until 1996, but in 2016 ranked 23rd most popular breed on the AKC’s list!

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They have hair rather than fur, so they have little to no shedding; however, they are not considered hypoallergenic by any means. They still shed dead skin cells that contain some allergens. Frequent grooming and brushing is required to brush out all the dead hair. The coat is wavy, soft and bountiful, insulating the dog from the harsh tropical rays of its native lands. The characteristic of the breed is for their hair to look messy and mop-like, but some owners just prefer an overall short coat. [2] Whether their hair is kept long or short, all Havanese should routinely have the fur in their paw pads trimmed. Removing the hair from their pads helps prevent slipping, tearing or injury to the foot, and painful snow buildup in the winter.

Like most flop-earred dogs, the Havanese can be prone to ear infections. Part of their grooming routine should include ear cleaning, removing any debris or moisture to prevent infection.

Havanese should be groomed every 4 – 6 weeks.

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The Havanese is a popular breed among a vast array of celebrities. Notable Havanese owners include:

  • Barbara Walters
  • Seal and Heidi Klum
  • Joan Rivers
  • Venus Williams


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[1] Wikipedia "Havanese"

[2] Small Dog Place – The Havanese Dog

Our groomer Darlene Galli has been a professional dog groomer for over 20 years. She has been our full-time groomer since we opened in 2010. River Road Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital located in Niskayuna, NY. Our mission is to care for your pet with compassion and excellence. We treat dogs, cats, and small pocket pets. In addition to general medicine and surgery, our facility also offers a boarding kennel, doggie daycare, and grooming services.