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Havanese

avatarStephanie Lenoir LVT, VTS (ECC)

Height8.5 - 11.5"
Weight7 - 13 lbs
TypeToy
Life Expectancy13 - 15 years
Area of OriginCuba

Energy Level

Playfulness

Friendliness to dogs

Friendliness to strangers

exercise requirements

affection level

friendliness to other pets

watchfulness

Grooming Requirements

Vocality

The Havanese is a gentle, playful, and affectionate small breed that is a member of the extensive Bichon family. They are known for their friendly, outgoing personalities and their long, silky, gorgeous haircoat. Their small size and sweet nature make them great lap dogs. This breed is extremely intelligent and easily trainable, since they are so eager to please their owners. Havanese are active little canines that love to play and learn new tricks. Despite their small size, they actually make good watch dogs, as they can be leery of strangers. They also make great apartment companions because of their size and portability. Since they're a non-shedding breed, people with sensitivities to dog hair will be overjoyed to have them as a pet.

Energy Level

Playfulness

Friendliness to dogs

Friendliness to strangers

exercise requirements

affection level

friendliness to other pets

watchfulness

Grooming Requirements

Vocality

Where Are Havanese Dogs From?

The Havanese found their way to Cuba on trips with Spanish farmers and Italian noblemen in the early 1500s. They were initially used as bargaining items, and are believed to have descended from the Bichon Tenerife and the Poodle. They became popular among the wealthiest Cubans and were named after capital city of Havana. They became the national dog of Cuba in 1993, and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996.

Because of their trainability, they can be used as service dogs for the deaf, and to sniff out mold, bugs, and vermin.

Where Are Havanese Dogs From?

The Havanese found their way to Cuba on trips with Spanish farmers and Italian noblemen in the early 1500s. They were initially used as bargaining items, and are believed to have descended from the Bichon Tenerife and the Poodle. They became popular among the wealthiest Cubans and were named after capital city of Havana. They became the national dog of Cuba in 1993, and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996.

Because of their trainability, they can be used as service dogs for the deaf, and to sniff out mold, bugs, and vermin.

Care

What Kind of Diet Does a Havanese Need?

Havanese dogs need an age-appropriate diet of a high standard. They can be prone to obesity, so it is important to monitor their calorie intake. Overweight dogs can suffer from a number of health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and high blood pressure. You should consult with your regular veterinarian for a proper meal plan.

Caring for a Havanese

What Kind of Diet Does a Havanese Need?

How Much Grooming Does a Havanese Need?

Are Havanese Healthy Dogs?

How Much Training Does a Havanese Need?

How Much Exercise Does a Havanese Need?

What Kind of Diet Does a Havanese Need?

Havanese dogs need an age-appropriate diet of a high standard. They can be prone to obesity, so it is important to monitor their calorie intake. Overweight dogs can suffer from a number of health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and high blood pressure. You should consult with your regular veterinarian for a proper meal plan.

What Are the Physical Characteristics of a Havanese?

The Havanese is a small-breed dog that has a flowing, silky hair coat and large, expressive eyes. Their height can range from 8.5 to 11.5 inches tall from the shoulders to the ground, and their weight typically falls between 7 and 13 pounds.

Havanese have large, almond-shaped, dark-brown eyes that sit widely apart. They have a soft and intelligent facial expression with a slightly-pointed muzzle. Ears are folded over, at a medium length, and covered with flowing hair.

Havanese dogs are long rather than tall, and boast a broad chest and sturdy frame.

Yes, the Havanese tail is curled up over the back and covered in velvety hair.

The upper arm of the Havanese is relatively short and forces the leg well under the body. The elbows face forward and are pulled close to the mid-section.

The Havanese coat comes in many different colors, but the most common are black, white, fawn, Havana brown, and mahogany. Their fur coat can be straight, wavy, or even curly on occasion.

The hindlegs are muscular and feature a slightly abnormal bend. The hocks are short and aligned with the thighs.

Havanese Facts

1

The Havanese is Cuba's only native dog breed.

2

Queen Victoria had 2 Havanese dogs named Chico and Golia. Her passion for the breed inspired their popularity in the United Kingdom.

3

Though some would assume a dog of Cuban origin would have short fur to fit the climate, Havanese dogs have a long coat that protects their skin from the sun and helps to keep them cooler.

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References

  • Morris, Desmond. Dogs: The Ultimate Dictionary of Over 1,000 Dog Breeds. Trafalgar Square, 2002.
  • Wilcox, Bonnie and Chris Walkowicz. The Atlas of Dog Breeds of the World. T.F.H Publications, Inc., 1995.

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