Havanese

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10-15 lbs
8-11"
Cuba
Havana Silk Dog, White Cuban, Havana Spaniel, Spanish Silk Poodle, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Habanero

The Havanese is growing in popularity as a great family pet. He is a happy dog who loves children, other dogs and even cats. The Havanese is relatively easy to train because he just wants to please his family. He is not an overly vocal dog which is surprising since he is a toy breed. He does not like to be alone for long periods of time and can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone too long. The Havanese is a high maintenance dog and requires daily grooming to keep his coat silky smooth. He does not shed much but is also not hypoallergenic.

Purpose
lapdog
Date of Origin
1700s
Ancestry
bichon tenerife, blanquito de le habana

Havanese Health

Average Size
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Cherry Eye
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Heart Murmur
Minor Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Chondrodysplasia (Chd)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hip
  • Hearing
  • Heart
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Havanese Breed History

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.

Havanese Breed Appearance

The Havanese has a long coat that is silky to the touch. It should be soft and light in texture. They do have an outer coat and an undercoat. The outer coat should carry slightly more weight than the undercoat. His coat needs to be long and wavy. The Havanese should not have a straight coat, it needs to have a slight wave to it. However, a frizzy, curly or wiry coat is not desirable. The coat should look fluffy but also flow easily with movement. The ideal coat will allow for the natural lines of his body to be seen, not covered up. Puppies will have a softer texture to their coat and it will be shorter. The Havanese can come in any color but the most common colors include black, white, fawn, mahogany, tobacco and Havana brown. Patterns or parti colors are also acceptable in the Havanese. Some Havanese will have different colored skin and that is also acceptable.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Brindle
Sable
Silver
Blue
Fawn
Cream
Red
Brown
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Havanese Breed Maintenance

The Havanese is a high maintenance dog and does require daily grooming if kept in full coat. When he is in full coat, his hair can grow to eight inches in length. If he has a full coat, then he will need to be brushed daily and also have weekly baths. If his coat is cut into a puppy cut, or cut short, then he will need to be clipped every six to eight weeks. He will also need a bath every two weeks instead of every week. Puppy cuts still require that he be brushed several times each week. The Havanese has a coat that will naturally cord or it can also be trained to cord. This look is great for those who do not want to constantly brush their Havanese. When the coat is allowed to cord, or mat into ringlets, it does not require brushing. The corded coat does require weekly bathing to keep them from smelling and to remove any debris and dirt that is being collected.

Brushes for Havanese
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Dematter
Comb
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Havanese Temperament

The Havanese is a very happy and fun loving dog. He loves his family and easily adapts to your schedule and lifestyle. He can be mischievous and will make his own fun if not given enough toys and attention. While not an overly barky dog, he will sound the alarm when visitors approach their home. The Havanese does not like to be alone, therefore, when you have to leave him be sure to have plenty of toys for him to occupy his time. He can be destructive if not given proper training and plenty of toys. Even though he is a small dog, training is still essential. He is too smart for his own good and will try to get away with developing bad behavior. The Havanese loves children and other dogs. He learns quickly and was a featured dog in many circuses. He loves to be told that he is good and thrives when praised for his efforts.

Havanese Activity Requirements


Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Havanese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.2 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1.3
Monthly Cost
$30 - $37.5

Havanese Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Height: 7 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
18 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 12 lbs

Top Havanese Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Havanese breeders of 2017.
Forever Poodles and Honor Havanese
Summerfield, Florida
Havacasa Havanese
Gilbert, Arizona
Yuppy Puppy Havanese
Fort Pierce, Florida
Jangle Havanese
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Key Kats Havanese
Altoona, Florida
Dreamworks Havanese
Sunnyside, Washington
Coco Cabana Havanese
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Lordocs Kennel
Punta Gorda, Florida
Hola Havanese
Lecanto, Florida
Wild Rose Havanese
Lewisville, Texas

Havanese Owner Experiences

Blaze
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Go to Beach
Go on Vacation
Walk
Run
Frisbee
Play
Chase
Fetch
High Five
Heel
Speak
Brushing
Explore the city
Dog Parks
Eating Snacks
Dressing up
Laying in the sun
Bike ride
Boat ride
Explore the woods
Look out the window
Learn a new trick
Catch treats
Play keep away
Tug-of-war
Awesome, they are the best dogs ever
1 day, 1 hour ago
Disco
6 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Bike ride
Go on Vacation
Walk
Run
Look out the window
Learn a new trick
Tug-of-war
Go to Park
Play
Chase
Fetch
High Five
Shake
Dog Parks
Eating Snacks
Shopping
Dressing up
Awesome they are the best dogs ever
1 day, 1 hour ago