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what where havanese used for?

Back when dogs where being bred for a purpose (other that to be friends), what was the havanese used for? i have heard they where used to heard chickens, and to be circus dogs. Is this true, and has anybody done any hearding with there dogs?
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as far as I understand it, they were bred to be companions for the royalties children. I have never heard about them being bred for herding?? possibly for the circus though.

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I also read about herding chickens. I don't think mine act at all like a herding dog. I live with a Ausie and she herds mine around. I can diffidently see the Havanese as being entertainers for the circus ring.

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I have heard of herding, companionship to royalty and circus act dogs
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babysitters to the children of well-off families (in Cuba?), thus their gentle and entertaining nature
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Of course they were being bred long before they made their way to Cuba and were named "Havanese"... Charles Dickens had at least one, maybe two. They were bred primarily as companion dogs, but because they are so smart, cute, easy to train and love to please, they were often used in European circuses.

Likewise, I don't believe they were ever bred SPECIFICALLY to herd... they are too small to safely herd anything but poultry. But Cuban families found that they had herding instincts and used them to herd the family poultry flocks as well as be beloved family pets.

Kodi has definitely inherited this herding instinct. I have never done any formal herding with him, but our neighbors have chickens, which often get out and into our yard (where they destroy my perennial beds!!!) Kodi will round them up and herd (NOT chase!!!) them back into their pen, then come trotting back home. Again, he has never been taught to do this, he does it all on instinct.


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Kodi has definitely inherited this herding instinct. I have never done any formal herding with him, but our neighbors have chickens, which often get out and into our yard (where they destroy my perennial beds!!!) Kodi will round them up and herd (NOT chase!!!) them back into their pen, then come trotting back home. Again, he has never been taught to do this, he does it all on instinct.
What a cool dog!
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Sergio is entertaining and makes people smile!! They can't help it.

When I was bringing him home, at the security gate at the airport, I had to take him out of his Sherpa bag and carry him through security. You should have seen the reaction and the faces of the security people. All smiles!!

In the elevator yesterday, this toddler was being held by her dad and I was holding Sergio. She saw him, and she immediately started smiling. Dad had to tell her Sergio is a dog, not a toy. Kids and adults come up to me all the time and ask if they can pet Sergio.

Sometimes he lets people pet him, and other times he hides behind my legs. Then people think he's anti-social. That's something I want to work on with him.

The strange thing is, sometimes strangers are nicer to me because I have Sergio, than they are with people who are holding babies or toddlers.

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...Kodi has definitely inherited this herding instinct. I have never done any formal herding with him, but our neighbors have chickens, which often get out and into our yard (where they destroy my perennial beds!!!) Kodi will round them up and herd (NOT chase!!!) them back into their pen, then come trotting back home. Again, he has never been taught to do this, he does it all on instinct.
Karen, Kodi gets this from his Mother. When we went to pick Toby up, Razzle (Kodi's Mom, for those who don't know) was trying to heard my children!

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Sometimes he lets people pet him, and other times he hides behind my legs. Then people think he's anti-social. That's something I want to work on with him.
Just remember that although you want him to be accepting of people, dogs do NOT have to like being petted by everyone. Let him take it at his speed. One problem is that SO many people want to reach for the top of a dogs head. Most dogs don't like getting banged on the head any more than we do!

With Kodi, if a child want to pat him, I usually give the child a treat, and have them hand it to Kodi. Then I tell them to let him sniff them, and then STROKE his back. Handled that way, he will accept attention from anyone. If they go for his head, he's behind my legs in a flash, and I don't blame him one bit!


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