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The Havanese is a happy, clever and sweet dog equipped with a sharp intelligence and an affectionate nature. A member of the Toy group, the Havanese dog is small in stature, with an average weight between 7 to 13 pounds and an average height between 9 to 12 inches, with a sturdy body covered in a gorgeous long silky coat, with beautiful dark almond eyes, cute floppy ears and a fluffy tail curled over the back. Its need to be in the center of attention and its love for entertaining will have the Havanese dog perform tricks in exchange for laughs and treats.

BREED TYPE / MIX Purebred ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Cheerful, Intelligent, Loyal, Social ADULT WEIGHT 7-13 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 9-12 in LIFE SPAN 12-14 yrs

Havanese Characteristics

  • The Havanese dog loves its family above all else
  • Outgoing, funny and loving, with an eagerness to learn and please, the Havanese are excellent companions for first time pet owners
  • The Havanese is highly sociable, gentle, affectionate and one of the friendliest dogs out there – friendly with children, dogs, cats, other household pets and even strangers
  • Hypoallergenic low-shedding Havanese coat
  • The Havanese dogs are easy to train, they love to learn and are highly skilled in tricks and stunts
  • Highly adaptable – whether it’s a small apartment or a big house with a yard, the Havanese will quickly adapt to any living situation
  • The Havanese make excellent companions for big and small families with or without children, for singles and seniors

Havanese Breeders

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Havanese Appearance

The Havanese is small in stature, with a sturdy build body, beautiful dark almond shaped eyes, a full muzzle, cute floppy ears and a fluffy tail curled over the back. The Toy Havanese dog has an average weight between 7 to 13 pounds and an average height between 9 to 12 inches. The hypoallergenic low – shedding Havanese coat is long, soft to the touch and silky, it can come in a variety of gorgeous colors such as black, blue, brown, gray, silver and white,it can vary from slightly wavy to straight, and it can have a variety of patterns and markings. Darling on the inside and stunning on the outside, the Havanese is popular for good reason.

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Charli, a Havanese puppy from Chandler, AZ Dewey, a Havanese puppy from Wooster, OH Teddy (formerly Grant), a Havanese puppy from New Martinsville, WV Meelou, a Havanese puppy from California Meelou, a Havanese puppy from Trabuco Canyon , Ca Scrappy (aka Bosco), a Havanese puppy from Petoskey, Mi Formerly Rodrigo, Currently Myles, a Havanese puppy from Forest Hills, NY Farrah/Stella and Tango/Stanley, a Havanese puppy from Kinzers PA Apollo (was Huggie before), a Havanese puppy from Mamaroneck, NY

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Havanese Temperament

The Havanese is a happy, sociable and friendly dog who loves tricks, the center of attention, and most importantly its family. Although known for being exceptionally friendly and affectionate towards children of all ages, strangers and other pets, the Havanese is a family oriented and loyal pup famous for forming life long bonds and placing its human family above all else. Calm and patient, with a happy demeanor, caring personality and a fun, sweet nature that shines through, the Havanese makes an excellent emotional support and therapy dog. Highly intelligent and clever, with a love for learning and an eager to please attitude, the Havanese make excellent companions for first time pet owners. Being very curious in nature, the Havanese dogs will climb on top of chairs, coaches and beds in order to observe any action that is taking place around them. A Natural born performer, with a love for tricks and entertainment, and with a lively and joyful attitude, the Havanese will turn any house into a happy home.

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Havanese History

Having a Mediterranean root, the Havanese, also known as “the Havana Silk Dog”, is recognized as a member of the Bichon family. Named after Havana, the capital of Cuba, a favorite of the Cuban people and their national dog, a favorite of Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens, the sweet Havanese breed has seen a steady rise in popularity around the world for centuries. It is believed that shortly after Columbus colonized Cuba, Spanish colonists began arriving on the island accompanied by their small fluffy companions – the Havanese ancestors. Their sweet appearance, happy demeanor and cleverness have rewarded the Havanese dogs with a life of luxury among royals, aristocrats and rich families in the Cuban Islands. During the 1800’s, the European sailors became so fond of the Havanese that they began taking the dogs home with them to Spain, England, Italy and France. The Havanese dog would know instant fame wherever it set paw on land. During the mid-1990’s, the adorable Havanese pups made their way to the United States where they were welcomed with loving open arms.

A joyful and clever dog, an excellent circus performer, a great service dog skilled at detecting mold and termite, an agile dog and a loving, devoted companion, the Havanese has proven for centuries that it is more than a lap dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of dog is a Havanese? The Havanese is part of the Bichon canine family, but they are a pure breed on their own. They are short-legged with a sturdy gait.

How big is the Havanese? The height ranges of a Havanese are between 8-1/2 to 11-1/2 inches with weight ranges from 7 to 13 lbs.

What type of coat does the Havanese have? The Havanese has a double coat of soft hair, both in outer and undercoat. The hair is very long and profuse, shown completely natural. Their coats can range from straight to curly. On average the adult coat reaches a length of 6 to 8 inches.

What clubs and organizations recognize the Havanese? The Havanese is recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the United Kennel Club (UKC), the Original Havanese Club (OHC), the American Kennel Club and the American Rare Breed Association.

Does the Havanese shed? No. The Havanese is a non-shedding dog.

Will I still have to get my Havanese groomed even though it doesn’t shed? It is not a requirement of this breed to have professional grooming, though many owners still opt to have this done every 2 to 3 months. They will need regular brushing of their coats a few times per week to eliminate and prevent tangles and mats. Also, regular eye, ear, and teeth care are required. Nails need to be trimmed every couple of weeks.

Does this breed bark a lot? Some Havanese will bark more than others. This is something that can be curbed when they are young and properly socialized. For the most part they are quiet dogs that are on high alert. They will let you know any time someone is approaching your home or if something is amiss, which makes them excellent watch dogs.

Is the Havanese a good companion dog? Yes. A fun fact is that the Havanese is known as a “velcro” dog and likes to stick close to his owner’s side, wherever they go.

What is the average lifespan of a Havanese? The average lifespan is between 14 to 16 years.

Are Havaneses easy to train? Yes, the Havanese is considered to be very intelligent and very easy to train. However, they can take longer to house train than some breeds their size. Consistency and patience along with positive reinforcement is paramount to their success.

Are Havaneses good with Children? Yes. The Havanese is very good with children of all ages. They are energetic and playful which makes them excellent playmates and companions.

Is the Havanese known by other names? Yes. Havanese’s are also known as Havana Silk Dogs, Havs, and the Havanese Cuban Bichon.

Is the Havanese good with other pets? Overall the Havanese does very well with dogs, cats, and other pets in the home. Because they have an energetic and fun loving personality they will likely want to play with the other animals in the house, and usually coexist peacefully.

What exercise requirements does my Havanese need? This breed has a moderate energy level. They enjoy playing or going for walks, but they don't have intense activity requirements. A short daily stroll along with some active indoor or outdoor play will be enough to keep these little ones fit and healthy.

How much will I need to feed my Havanese? The daily recommended amount for the Havanese is based on the average weight and activity level of your little one. In general, a diet consisting of high quality nutritious dog food ranging from a ½ to 1 cup per day is adequate. This should be split into two separate meals each day.