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7 Things You Didn’t Know About the Havanese


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Coming in at #10 on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds is the cute and cuddly Havanese! Bred as companion dogs to Cuban nobility, this dog makes the pawfect breed to snuggle up with at the end of the day. He won’t be content as just a lap dog, though; Havanese are active creatures who love to learn new tricks, and training them will be a blast! Want to know more about this lovable breed? We’ve come up with 7 facts you have to know about Havanese!

1. They are the only dog breed native to Cuba.
Also known as the Havana Silk Dog, the Havanese is Cuba’s only native breed. They come from the city of Havana, after which they were named. The breed suffered from near extinction until Cubans who fled from their country during the Revolution of 1959 brought just a handful of the dogs to the US.

2. Their silky coats serve a purpose.
The coat of the furry Havanese is long, silky and seemingly quite warm. In reality, the coat is not there for warmth, but for his protection. The dog’s silky fur provides a protective barrier from the sun that prevents him from overheating.

3. They are easily trained.
While small, these dogs can be trained to do some big jobs! They’re often used as service dogs for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and they have even been used to sniff out mold and termites.

4. They’re good for people with allergies.
Because Havanese have silky hair that grows continuously instead of the typical dog fur, they can be much less irritating to people with allergies to dogs. Beware, however; like all dogs, Havanese still shed and cannot be considered hypoallergenic.

5. They have a spring to their step.
Havanese have a literal spring to their step. They have a naturally bouncy gait that is unique to the breed, almost like bunnies. They even hop!

6. They’re attached to their owners.
Havanese love sticking by their owner’s side so much that they’ve earned the name “Velcro dog.” They’re true companion dogs who have offered their cuddles to humans since warming the laps of Cuban aristocracy during the 1800’s.

7. They live long lives.
Havanese are sturdy dogs with relatively low health problems for a toy breed. They typically live from 10-15 years.

Are there any other facts about the Havanese we forgot to share? Comment below!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Shih Tzu


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One of America’s favorite lap dogs, the Shih Tzu is #9 on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds! Shih Tzus are known for being quiet, but playful companions who love to spend time curled up with their owners. Due to their small size, these lovable pups do well in living spaces both large and small. Want to know more about these incredibly friendly fur balls? Check out our list of 5 facts you need to know about Shih Tzus!

1. They’re an ancient breed.

While the origins of this breed are not completely certain, they are believed to have been bred thousands of years ago in Tibet to look like smaller versions of the lion, which is a sacred animal according to Buddhist belief. The name “shih tzu” actually means “lion dog” in Chinese!

2. They’re also known as the “chrysanthemum-faced dog.”
A dog nicknamed after a flower? You bet! Because of the way the dog’s fur grows outward from the middle of its face, Shih Tzus resemble the chrysanthemum flower.

3. They were once guard dogs.
Believe it or not, Shih Tzus were once used for more than just warming laps. Tibetan Monks regarded the dogs as holy, even trusting them with the task of guarding their temples. However, don’t expect the Shih Tzu to guard your house from an intruder. She’ll happily greet strangers with a gentle smile and wagging tail.

4. All of today’s Shih Tzus come from just 14 dogs.
While they were at one time very popular pets in China, Shih Tzus faced a rough patch under communist rule. The breed nearly died out during the 20th century before a few were brought to England in 1930. Their popularity took off, and those that exist today can be traced back to 14 of the serendipitous English import from China.

5. Celebrities love them.

Big names in fame such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey and Bill Gates are a few on the list of proud celebrity Shih Tzu owners. The Dalai Lama also owns a Shih Tzu, proving the breed’s popularity among Tibetan Buddhists.

Why do you love Shih Tzus? Comment below and share with us!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Dachshund


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You might know them as “wiener dogs’ for their hotdog-shaped bodies, but these funny little pups are called Dachshunds, and they’re #8 on PuppySpot’s list of most popular dog breeds! Doxies, as they’re affectionately named, come from Germany, just like the food they resemble, and were originally used as badger hunters as far back as the 15th century. Now, these long-bodied dogs are an American family favorite, but we bet you don’t know it all when it comes to this popular breed. Here are 5 facts you need to know about the Dachshund!

1. They have a few different looks.
While the first Doxie that comes to your mind might be the light brown, short-haired type (perhaps dressed up in a hotdog costume), there are more varieties of the dog than that. The breed comes in two sizes: standard and miniature, and has three coat types: smooth, long and wirehaired. They even come in 13 recognized colors and three markings! This is one diverse breed, indeed.

2. They were the first official mascot of the Olympic Games.
According to Olympic.org, the first Olympic mascot was a Doxie at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games named Waldi, who was featured as a multi-colored striped dog. Waldi had a real-life counterpart named Cherie von Birkenhof. According to the book The Olympic Marathon, the Olympic marathon route in 1972 is said to have even been shaped like its doggy mascot!

3. They were adored by famous artists.
There’s just something about Dachshunds that artists can’t get enough of. Andy Warhol was one such fan of the breed, owning two Doxies named Archie and Amos. Another pop artist, David Hockney, filled up an entire book and created 45 oil paintings devoted to his two Doxies, Stanley and Boodgie. The great Pablo Picasso loved a Doxie named Lump so much that David Douglas Duncan wrote a book about the two, calling it Picasso and Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey.

4. They like to eat.

Doxies are small, but they have big appetites! Don’t let him eat too much, or your hot dog might turn into a hot hamburger!

5. The hot dog was named after them.

This might just be the most mind-blowing fact on our list. The hot dog, as in, the German frankfurter, was named after the Dachshund, not the other way around! Although the origins of the creation of the hot dog are not exactly clear, they were first called “dachshund sausages” until their name changed to the “hot dog” we know and love today. (The current name is much more appetizing to us Dachshund lovers, too.)

Do you have a Dachshund? Share your thoughts on your darling Doxie in the comments section, below!