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Chocolate Havanese

Unique breed characteristics

Many unknowing people talk about the Havanese as being just another small furry breed. Appearance wise, perhaps that is so, but those of us who have chosen the Havanese as our special breed know that there is much more to it than that. There are a number of differences that make the Havanese unique and very different from other breeds.

bullet many coat varieties - straight, wavy, curly, corded

bulletwide variety of coat colours - all equally acceptable

bulletstraight topline which rises from withers to rump

bulletunique lively springy gait

bulletflash of pad acceptable and permitted

bullet no artificial part along the spine

In the ring, the Havanese is presented naturally, that is clean and tidied, well groomed but not overly coiffed or manicured. Being a playful companion is the essence of his character; he should always look like he is ready for impromptu fun and games. In keeping with this natural look, the coat must not be artificially parted along the spine. For the Havanese, a natural part is permissible. If, after brushing out, the dog shakes and the coat parts naturally , then that is correct for its coat type. Long, silky and heavy coats may part naturally. Curly and wavy coats are less likely to do so.

Underneath all that luscious coat are a number of other differences. Unique structure and gait make the Havanese not easily mistaken for any other breed. The Havanese has a characteristic straight topline though not level as it rises gradually to the rear. This unusual unique structure also contributes to the lively flashy "springy" gait, characteristic of the Havanese, giving an impression of elasticity, freedom and agility. The correct structure may produce a distinctive flash of pad both coming and going. While this flash of pad is frowned upon in many other breeds, in the Havanese , flash of pad is correct and highly desirable.

These characteristics of temperament, structure and gait greatly contribute
to the distinctive character of the breed and help define his correct type.