5 Lovable Small Dogs That Are Half Havanese

The Havanese is a small dog that gets extremely high marks in many categories. They do no shed and are hypo-allergenic, they love children and other pets, and they are easy to train. What more do you need? There are several popular hybrid dogs that are created with the Havanese. This way you can possibly have the better of two breeds.

We tend to like small dog breeds because they are easy to transport, less costly to care for, they don’t need a lot of exercise, they are easy to travel with, and they can sit on our laps. Many people prefer mixed breed dogs because they tend to be healthier, live longer and they can be found in shelters, rather than paying a high price to a breeder. Designer dogs are very popular right now, it seems like everyone is trying to find the next best breed.

The Havanese is a breed that originates in Cuba. They were often found in the homes of the wealthy during the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 1960s, when Cubans were migrating to the US, they brought their dogs. In the 1970s, Havenese began to be bred in the US. They come in many colors: cream, gold, white, silver, blue and black. They have a long reputation of being circus dogs because they are intelligent and easy to train. Havanese dogs love to be with people. They have dark eyes and a long silky coat that is easier to maintain when kept short. They are alert watch dogs, but only occasionally bark. They tend to be prone to skin diseases and cataracts. Other favored small dog breeds, mixed with the Havanese make a new, adorable dog.
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What You Should Know About Traveling With a Dog

As much as your furry friend would love to ride in your lap, it’s not the safest idea for either of you. Animals don’t stay still. They’ll stretch, walk around, look out the window or better yet, put their heads out the window. All of these things can not only distract the driver but could completely block the driver’s view.

It’s always important to be aware of where the air bags are located, in the vehicle that will be used. This may help to determine which of the following options is the best one. Should there be an unfortunate incident, safety for all involved is important.

Booster seats and raised bedding is available but the smaller dog is safer riding in a soft sided crate or a handy collapsible dog crate, in the back seat of your vehicle. Should the pet get car sick, the mess is in a contained area. Either of these can hold a comfortable dog bed. Once you get to your vacation spot the dog has it’s own den or both of these crates can be flattened and stored away.

The above mentioned crates would also be an option for a medium dog. A seat belt connector would also work. The seat belt connector attaches to the dog’s harness. The dog stays safely in the back seat and has a bit more freedom. The connector allows the dog to sit, stand or lay down in a dog bed or the use of a waterproof seat cover would also be helpful. Seat covers help the dog grip better, keep your seats clean, scratch free and are also available waterproof. These cover are sometimes more comfortable than the backseats. There is a hammock seat cover available, as well.
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