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Very similar in appearance to the Maltese, the Havanese is reputed to have been developed in Cuba, via Argentina. In some countries it is called the Havana Silk Dog. Some Bolognese dogs were evidently taken from Italy to Argentina where they were crossbred with a small Poodle. When the breed was exported to Cuba it became known as the Havanese. Another theory is that the Maltese, brought to the West Indies by the Spaniards, is the ancestor of the Havanese.

A Havanese in Europe would of course be imported, as was Chico, who was given to Queen Victoria around 1840.


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