Havanese Dog Breed

The Havanese is a strong toy breed with a happy and loving temperament that originated in Havana, Cuba.


The Havanese is a cheerful, extroverted breed that is friendly to both people and other animals, in contrast to some toy dog breeds that can be possessive and violent. He is capable, willing to learn, and intelligent.

Given that he gets along well with kids, the Havanese is a great family dog. Despite his lack of aggression, his acute eye makes him a useful watchdog.

The Havanese needs daily moderate exercise to maintain his spring in his step. He will be happier and healthier if the family goes on brief walks or plays together indoors or outside.



The Havanese is short but strong, and his body is longer than his height. The breed can be identified by its long, double coat and forward-curling tail.

With some work, certain Havanese dogs can achieve a corded coat.


14 to 16 years

Colour Collection

There is a huge variety of hues and markings in the Havanese breed.

Hair fall

Although the lengthy, potentially hypoallergenic coat is non-shedding, regular grooming is necessary to prevent mats and tangles. Puppies of Havanese breed have softer, shorter coats.


The Havanese might develop weight problems, just like other tiny dogs. The key to maintaining good bodily condition is a balanced diet and daily exercise.

Although generally in good condition, the breed may be more susceptible to eye and hearing difficulties, heart irregularities, and hip and knee issues. Breeders that are responsible screen their animals to help weed out these ailments.

Breed History

The Bichon Frise and Maltese are among the Bichon breeds that the Havanese is descended from. Around the time that the Italians and Spaniards were colonising the new globe, the breed’s ancestors arrived on the island of Cuba in the 1600s.

He started off as the spoiled lap dog of the island’s aristocratic sugar barons, but over time, his duties expanded to include companionship, watchdog duties, and even herding chickens.

This toy breed was carried with the many Cubans who left the country and Fidel Castro. Because of American fanciers, the breed developed and flourished. Today, people all over the world are fond of this dog.


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