Whether you are a potential future Havanese owner or an existence owner, knowing the history of Havanese is fun. Why doesn’t it matter? Because we are human and we simply love stories. Havanese do have some beautiful stories behind the them that can make you even more prouder as a Havanese owner. Although the history or stories doesn’t technical add anything to your Havanese, it gives your Havanese the halo effect and gives you another way to ice break your conversation with other dog owners.
Havanese is the National Dog of Cuba
If you don’t like to know too much about the history of Havanese, there is still one thing that you should know. Havanese is the national dog of Cuba. To a lot of people, Cuba is a mysterious place or country. That really makes Havanese seem more mysterious than if it wear the national dog of the United States. (I am not saying that being the national dog of the United States is bad at all, it just sounds too popular or too commercial for it to be a beautiful and mysterious story or history.) For those of you who are already very curious about what the country of Cuba is like and don’t want to spend time looking it up. I will try to describe it briefly here. Cuba is a country that consists of islands that are located in Caribbean Sea and near Mexico. Most residents speak Spanish there. And guess what the biggest city in Cuba is called. It is called Havana. Now, you know where the beautiful name of Havanese come from. Havana is believed to be the place where Havanese first gain its major popularity.
What Did Havanese Arrive to Havana, Cuba?
From the history of Havanese, the oldest moment we can trace is back to the 1600s. That piece of history explains how Havanese has arrived to Havana of Cuba. It is believed that, back in the 1600s, Havanese were bought to Havana by some Italian sea captains. How did Havanese reach the Italians? There is no history to show that part. Who knows. May be Italy is where the first Havanese was born.
Havanese Belongs to the Ancient Bichon Family
Havanese is a dog breed that falls under the ancient Bichon family. The Bichon family consists of a long list of dog breeds that have the following characteristics. They are small, mainly white and have pretty flat faces.
Havanese Actually Have an Old Name in Cuba
Back in the days, Havanese was not called Havanese. They were called Havana Silk Dog. That makes a lot of sense as they were mainly found in Havana back then.
The Improvement of the Havanese Breed for 300 Years
The Havanese that are first bought to Cuba are slightly different from the ones we see now. It took them 300 years of evolution to finish that improvement or refinement. What are the main changes? They have more friendly. The refinement process is believed to be due to two parts. The first reason of evolution is simply because of the rule of evolution, you either evolve or die. Don’t be scare, we are not really talking about death in this case. We are talking about that the better loved Havanese, which logically are the more friendly ones, are more likely to given a chance to reproduce. Let’s think about it in today’s world. If you have a very friendly and cheerful Havanese, would you be more motivated to let him or her produce the next generation than if he or she is very unfriendly? That’s the modern version of evolve or die that I am talking about, a slight different interpretation of Darwin’s evolution theory. The second cause of the refinement of Havanese was belief to be the crossing with Poodles. I believe that Havanese are even more friendlier than Poodles in today’s world, yet the mixing of the two breeds somehow help Havanese unlock their cheerful and friend genes.
The Decreasing Population of Havanese in Cuba
In the roughly 300 years that were mentioned in the previous paragraph, the number of Havanese in Cuba has decreased gradually. It reaches a point where there could be a foreseeable extinct but luckily that didn’t happen thanks to what happed in 1959.
1959 was the Beginning of a New Era
Before 1959, Havanese was a very popular dog breed only in Cuba, Havana to be more specific. What happened in 1959? Let’s find out. In 1959, Cuba Revolution happened and some rich Cuba people went from Cuba to the United States. Among these families, there were around eleven Havanese that come to the United States. These are known to be the ancestors of most Havanese we can find today. In the 1970s, there are people that start breeding Havanese, using some of the eleven Havanese that travel to America. Over the next twenty years, the Havanese’s population start to spread and grow. Havanese were finally out of danger of extinction. The big jump in popularity happens when American Kennel Club recognized and made popular the Havanese in 1996.
The Popular is Only Going Up Since 1996
Since 1996, there wear more medias and dog clubs that talked about Havanese and the popularity of them have been growing since. Being talked about a lot isn’t the true reason of the increasing popularity. It is actually more of a result. The real root cause is how much fun it is to own a Havanese. It is really the friendliness and cheerfulness of Havanese that make them so likeable.
Luck Plays an Important Role Too Regarding Popularity
Although Havanese are lovely and likeable, there are other dog breeds that are like that too. Sometimes, luck plays a huge role in how Havanese has become of the fastest growing dog breed today. I am sure that with its cheerful and friendly character, they can become a mini success in terms of popularity. But like other things in life, every wild success involves a large amount of both luck and talent.
Hopefully, you enjoy the above brief history of Havanese. If you don’t want to remember the whole thing, just remember that Havanese is the national dog of Cuba.