Cosmo was destined for greatness when he was young pup! He was discovered during a commercial shoot for the dealership when he was riding on his Dog Mom’s lap during the commercial. People started calling into the dealership wanting to know about him, and from that, a star was born!
Cosmo was born in January 2006. His breed originated from Latin America. According to the American Kennel Club:
Distinctive features of the Havanese include a curled-over tail and a gorgeous silky coat, which comes in a variety of colors. Some owners enjoy cording the coat, in the manner of a Puli, and others clip it short to reduce grooming time. Happily, Havenese are just as cute no matter what hairdo you give them. Cosmo’s Dog Mom Marianne prefers to keep his coat shorter because Cosmo loves to play outside.
The Havanese was named after Cuba’s capital city, Havana. He is a member of the Bichon family which also includes the Coton de Tulear, Bichon Frise and the Bolognese. The Bichon breeds are thought to have originated in the Mediterranean and then were taken to various parts of the world as people migrated. It is suggested that the Havanese were brought to Cuba by Spanish settlers sometime during the 18th century. Historians think that the Havanese developed from two breeds, both of which are now extinct. The Bichon Tenerife and the Blanquito de le Habana were small dogs with long, silky hair similar to the Havanese. There are ship manifests from Tenerife that were bound for Cuba that list small dogs brought aboard by passengers. A few Havaneses made their way into the United States around 1959 when the Cuban Revolution occurred. Refugees brought these little dogs with them into the United States. In 1979 the Havanese Club of America formed with just nine members. Today, there are about 400 members. In 1996, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Havanese as a member of the Toy Group. These little dogs are becoming more and more popular. They are currently ranked number 31 in popularity among all the AKC recognized breeds. While the Havanese is a pretty adaptable dog, they thrive in warmer climates such as in the southern United States. They do not do well in cold climates and need to be monitored closely when exposed to colder weather.
Their small but sturdy bodies, adaptable nature, and social skills make Havanese an ideal city dog, but they are content to be anywhere that they can command the attention of admirers young and old alike. Havanese, smart and trainable extroverts with the comic instincts of a born clown, are natural trick dogs. Havanese are also excellent watchdogs and take the job seriously, but will usually keep the barking to a minimum.
Cosmo works out of the dealership regularly and is here multiple times per week. When he is not working, he spends the day typically at his best friend Sammy’s house. Cosmo has a sensitive tummy and has to eat a special dog food made by his Dog Mom that consists mostly of venison. Be sure to check back on this page for updated photos and additional coloring pages!