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Havanese: Breed Personality, Fitness & Care
Group: AKC Toy;
AKC Ranking: 38
Also Known As:
Bichon Havanais, Havana Silk Dog, Spanish Silk Poodle,
Country of Origin, History of Havaneses
The Havanese descends from
the same ancestor as the entire Bichon family,
the Tenerife. The dog's journey to Cuba most
likely was aboard the trade ships sailing
from the island of Tenerife in the early sixteenth
Bichon Lapdogs were being brought
to Cuba in 17th century from Europe, where they
adapted to the climate and the customs of Cuba.
Eventually, these conditions gave birth to a different
dog, smaller than its predecessors, with a completely
white coat of a silkier texture. The Bichon Havanese
originated in the 19th century (1800-1900). By the
mid-1800s the Havanese was so popular that it was
owned by such celebrities as Queen Victoria and
Charles Dickens. It became known as the dog of the
aristocratic class of sugar barons of Cuba.
The Havanese was continually bred
in Cuba all through the 20th century (1900-2000)
and was the preferred pet/dog of the Cuban families.
With the advent of the Cuban revolution in the late
1960s and early 1970s, the class of Cubans who owned
Havanese was the first to leave. Breeding the Havanese
in the USA started in the 1970s. Remarkably, through
all their travels, Havanese type and purpose has
remained virtually unchanged for the past hundred
and fifty years.
The duties of the Havanese traditionally
have been those of companion, watchdog, child's
playmate and herder of the family poultry flock.
The breed known as Havenese is
the National Dog of Cuba and the only native breed
to that country.
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A General Appearance of
The Havanese breed is a deceptively
light and frivolous looking dog that is assuredly
sound of mind and agile in movement. Its long, fluffy
coat gives no indication of the “trooper”
in this tried and true companion.
The breed is longer in leg than
its cousin the Bichon and less dense in coat.
The Havanese’s expression
is soft and intelligent, mischievous rather than
cute. The eyes are dark brown, large, almond-shaped,
and set rather widely apart. Ears are of medium
length with long hair and hang down.
The Havanese has a long tail that
is covered with long silky hair. The profuse coat
varies from wavy to curly. The Havanese is a double-coated
breed with soft hair, both on outer and undercoat.
Adult coat reaches 6 to 8 inches, and has a pearly
The Havanese comes in an array
of colors that include black, silver, cream, champagne,
tan, blue, chocolate, fawn, gold and white.
All colors are acceptable, singly
or in any combination and may be brindled, with
the exception of white. No preference is given to
one color over another. The skin may be freckled
The Havenese coat is unique and
reflects centuries of living in the tropics. It
consists of a double coat that may reach 6-8”
in length and is remarkably soft and light in texture.
While it appears dense, the coat is actually a profusion
of raw silk-like floss that has an insulating, protective
quality against the harsh tropical sun. The coat
of the Havanese should never be rough or wooly.
Their coat may be straight, wavy or even curly,
but usually is a result of a mix of one or more
Males: 9-10 inches
Females: 8-9 inches
Males: 9-11 lbs.
Females: 7-10 lbs.
Temperament of the Dog
Havanese are very sociable and
happy dogs who are easy to obedience train. This
makes then good, portable traveling companions as
they are quite adaptable. Long absences from family
are not tolerated by the Havanese breed so should
be considered when choosing one as a pet.
They do best in pairs or at least
with other another canine in the family. Havanese
get along well with other family pets.
This clever little acrobat was
known as the “circus dog “for many years
because of its ability to quickly learn and execute
Anxious to please, Havanese is
a lively, loving breed that adores children and
adults alike. Havanese are natural companion dogs:
gentle and responsive, with a high degree of intelligence.
Because of their good nature they
will not make much of a protective watchdog, but
will alert you to strangers. Barking is one of their
fondest pastimes so they should be taught early
to quit barking on command so that their barking
does not become a nuisance.
This curious dog loves to sit
up high on a chair to observe what is going on.
It is very sensitive to the tone of your voice.
Harsh words will only upset the dog and will achieve
Better suited to an indoor
or outdoor lifestyle?
Great for apartment living, Havanese
will usually find indoor play plenty of exercise
and when finished locate a seat by a window to observe
Since they are so social, a walk
on lead with opportunity to meet others will never
The Havanese is a breed meant
to live in your home, and never outside or in a
Are they suited to homes
Families with children were made
for the Havanese. Their extreme need for companionship
and closeness are in complete harmony with children’s
play and cuddle time.
How Active is the Breed?
The playful Havanese dog has a
high demand for mental exercise and play but an
average demand for exercise. Tricks and toy play
will keep this dynamo satisfied indoors, but a regular
walk on lead or yard play will futher exercise and
socialize this happy pet.
How Much Exercise Does
the Dog Need at every stage of its Life?
Keeping the Havanese mentally
active is a life-long goal any owner should want
to achieve. He will never tire of trying new things
for you and his high intelligence will be better
tested doing things you wish rather than left to
his own destructive devisees.
Havanese puppies benefit from
early obedience training on a lead. Once this is
established, daily walks or yard play will be enough
to keep your Havanese exercised and healthy.
The look of the Havanese is natural
and unkempt; however this is not achieved by neglect.
The soft, double coat of the Havanese
will require frequent care and should be considered
when choosing this breed. Daily brushing of the
coat is necessary if it is to be kept long. While
brushing always look for any small mats forming.
A trip outdoors for a morning duty in wet grass
can be just the situation for mats to start.
Many pet owners opt to have their
Havanese professionally groomed 3-4 times a year
and kept in a short, easily maintained cut.
Nails should be clipped regularly
and eyes should be kept free from hair. The feet
also may need to be trimmed neatly.
This breed is great for those
with allergies and does not shed. Some divisions
of the breed are said to be hypo-allergenic but
check with your breeder to see which one is best
suited to your needs.
The Havanese is a very healthy
long-lived breed however; some are prone to cataracts,
luxating patellas, poodle eye and dry skin.
With proper breeding by a reputable
breeder, you should eliminate or reduce any of these
Breeding the Dog and any
Havanese have no serious issues
concerning breeding but only your breeder should
be consulted when choosing a proper mate for your
Average litter 4 puppies
Life Span: 14-15
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National Breed Clubs
British – The Havanese Club
of Great Britain – www.havaneseclub.co.uk
US – Havanese Club of America - www.havanese.org/
Other Recognition: CKC,
FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, NKC, CKC, ANKC, APRI, ACR
Only those Havanese registered
with the Original Havanese Club (OHC) may be registered
with the UKC. The Havanese is also recognized by
the American Rare Breed Association.
Rescue Link: www.havanese.org/hcaRescue.htm
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