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Havanese Identification Flyer

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utilize for identification purposes in shelters or rescue efforts.

Havanese have been appearing more frequently in shelters and puppymill raids in the past year. Because they
are not widely recognized, these dogs are often misidentified as mixed breeds, Maltese, Bichon, Poodle or
Shih Tzu crosses or even as "large Maltese". It is certainly true that the Havanese found in mill situations or
as strays do not bear immediate resemblance to the dogs seen in the showring. This flyer is an attempt to describe
the Havanese breed and assist in their identification.

Havanese are a toy breed. They are generally 8-11 1/2 inches tall and weigh generally between 7 and 14 pounds.

Havanese area double-coated long haired breed. Coat types include curly, wavy and straight. Their tail curls
over the back, but the dog has control over this and it can drop behind them at times as well.

The skull is somewhat rounded and broad. The muzzle narrows progressively and slightly towards the nose but is
neither snipey nor truncated. The eyes are dark and almond shaped and are not protruding. The ears are dropped
and set slightly high and fall along the cheeks. They have long feathering when uncut. The tip is a slightly
rounded point.

The topline of a Havanese is straight, but rises from the withers to the flank. The backlegs are slightly longer
than the forelegs resulting in a springy gait.

Havanese come in a wide variety of colors including: white, champagne, black, cream, gold, chocolate, sable, silver,
and blue. Various markings are possible too with parti colors, tri color, pied and brindles.

If you have any questions regarding the identification of a dog, please contact the author of this flyer, Lu Wyland
at or Sandy Twiss at

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