Of Cuban origin, the Havanese is a rare blend of personality, smarts, and good looks-the epitome of an affectionate and beautiful companion dog. Bred for generations for his family-oriented nature, the Havanese, a bundle of colorful hair and charming ways, delights everyone he meets. Author and Cuban native Zoila Portuondo Buerra, one of the world authority's on the breed and founder of the Club Cubano del Bichon Habanero (the Havanese Club of Cuba), discusses the development of the bichon breeds around the world and Cuba's Blanquito de la Habana, the direct ancestor of the Havanese. The chapter continues with the exportation of the Havanese to United States, including the efforts of Dorothy Goodale, the first person to import and promote the breed on American shores. The chapter on characteristics of the Havanese paints an excellent portrait of the breed and also offers advice on breeding Havanese. The book includes the American Kennel Club breed standard as well as the international standard recognized by the FEdEration Cynologique Internationale. New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.