AKC Group: Toy
The Havenese breed originated in Cuba and is part of the Bichon canine group. In fact, the Havanese was bred from the Bichon when Europeans landed in Cuba in the 17th century. These imported Bichons were not suited to the Cuban climate and over time the dogs adapted, morphing into the Blanquito de la Habana, known as the Havanese Silk Dog. The Havanese are smaller than the Bichons and entirely white with a silkier coat. During the 19th century, French and German poodles were introduced into Cuba and they began to cross the Havanese with these poodles.
Size: 8.5 to 11.5 inches; 7 to 13 pounds.
Color: All colors and/or combinations; including pure white.
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Health problems: Thryoid problems, luxating patella, cataracts.
The Havanese may be a toy breed but they have a big personality. They are quite the friendly, outgoing dog. The national dog of Cuba, they love to play and love the company of their family. The Havanese is a sweet, mild mannered canine. A Havanese is an entertaining dog, but can be demanding. They do not tolerate being neglected so be sure that you have the time to devote to him. Naturally agile and obedient, the Havanese makes a great companion! Havanese tend to get along better with older, mature children. Other companion animals do not faze them, nor do most strangers. Havanese are quick learners and are eager to please. Some Havanese are difficult to housetrain, most are not though. They can also be extremely sensitive; avoid being loud and harsh with them. After you complete the basic commands, a Havanese is extremely eager to learn any trick you can teach him. They love games in which they have to use their sense of smell to seek something. A unique problem to the Havanese is they tend not to like eating by themselves. If you leave the room while they’re eating, they will follow you with food in their mouth.
The Havanese is a small, sweet looking dog that is compact but sturdy. The Havanese coat is long, soft and flat. It can be straight, wavy or curly. The grooming requirements are moderate. Brush him every other day. His coat should be clipped every six weeks. Trim his bottom hair for hygienic reasons and check that his ears are clean and dry.