Havanese Dog Breed

Fawn Sable Havanese on a Forest Road
  • Other names:
  • Bichon Havanese
  • Havana Silk Dog
  • Havanese Cuban Bichon
  • Havaneser
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The Havanese was bred to be a companion dog in Cuba during the 1800s. The breed is extremely affectionate towards its family, other dogs, and even cats. Unlike other small dog breeds, the havanese generally doesn't develop jealousy or become territorial towards other pets.

Havanese Breed Details

Breed Specs
Purebred12-15 yrs.8-11 in.7-13 lbs
  • Friendliness
  • Overall
  • Family Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Stranger Friendly
  • Maintenance
  • Easy to Groom
  • Energy Level
  • Exercise Needs
  • General Health
  • Shedding Amount
  • Behavior
  • Barks / Howls
  • Easy to Train
  • Guard Dog
  • Playfulness
  • Watch Dog
  • Ownership
  • Apartment Friendly
  • Can Be Alone
  • Good for Busy Owners
  • Good for Novice Owners
  • Intelligence
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Below are the details and specs for the Havanese dog breed.

Havanese Breed Description

The havanese is a small sized dog breed. Adults stand 8 to 11 inches tall from ground to shoulder and weigh between 7 to 13 pounds. This size makes the havanese an ideal dog for families living in space-limited homes such as apartments and condos. Keep in mind that the havanese is not an outdoor dog as their small size makes them a potential target from predators.

Since the havanese was originally bred to be a companion dog, they crave companionship. Havanese left alone become anxious and develop separation anxiety so the breed is not recommended for families that spend large amounts of time away from home (unless they bring their dog(s) with them). The breed is excellent with children, although the havanese's small size makes them more fragile than larger dogs so children can't be too rough. Havanese get along well with other pets and another pet can help give the havanese companionship while its owners are gone.

Despite the breed's small size, havanese are a medium to high maintenance dog. Their coat requires daily brushing and grooming to keep mats from forming along with regular clipping. Havanese are also fairly energetic. The breed will need daily walks to meet their exercise requirements.

Havanese Photos

Below are pictures of the Havanese dog breed.

Havanese Puppies
Silver Sable Havanese
White Havanese
White Havanese
Havanese Dog Breed
Fawn Sable Havanese on a Forest Road

Havanese Health

Below are common health issues with the havanese dog breed.

  • Cataracts
  • Chondrodysplasia
  • Deafness
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-perthes Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Portosystemic Liver Shunt
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Havanese Breed Recognition

The following dog breed registries and organizations recognize the Havanese as a dog breed:

  • American Canine Registry
  • American Kennel Club
  • America's Pet Registry
  • Australian National Kennel Council
  • Canadian Kennel Club
  • Continental Kennel Club
  • Dog Registry of America Inc.
  • Federation Cynologique Internationale
  • Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • National Kennel Club
  • North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • United Kennel Club
  • American Canine Association, Inc.
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Havanese Breeders

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Breeder Name
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