AKC Havanese DogThe Havanese Dog

Havanese dogs are not for everyone. People with limited time should stay clear of this breed. Havanese were specifically bred as lap dogs, therefore they love to be with you all the time and when left alone are prone to becoming anxious which leads to a stressful condition know as Separation anxiety. Owning a Havanese, or being owned by a Havanese as Havanese owners like to say, is a way of life. Below are some of the Pros and Cons of this breed.

Very intelligent

Can be

Physical Appearance:

The Havanese is a small but sturdy dog, slightly longer than it is tall, medium boned and solid. They have a medium sized neck carrying a broad, slightly rounded skull with large, dark, almond shaped eyes and moderately pointed dropped ears. The coat is soft, silky and wavy or slightly curled, full coated with an undercoat in any color or combination of colors.

Breed Origins:

The Havanese (Habaneros in Spanish and also known as the Havana Silk Dog) is a member of the Bichon family. These Breeds originated in the Mediterranean aria and it is believed that the Havanese's ancestors were brought to Cuba when the Spanish were exploring the Caribbean. Their name 'Havanese' is derived from the Cuban capital city Havana. Now rare in Cuba, the breed was facing a crisis through the 1900's but is now back on the rise due to the diligent work of a number of American breeders who bred from dogs brought to the U.S. by Cuban refugees in the 70's.


Bred primarily as a family companion, the Havanese is a happy and affectionate little dog. They are intelligent and easy to train, devoted to their family and excellent with children and household pets. Even though the Havanese is classified as a Toy breed, they are not a tiny fragile dog but robust, tough little fellows that love to be involved in all aspects of family life. They take well to obedience training but can be sensitive to the human voice, they will respond to constructive reward based training but not harshness or shouting.

Day to Day:

The Havanese enjoys exercise and has surprising stamina for such a small dog. They will enjoy outdoor exercise of all types, including swimming, but will still thrive on limited exercise schedule as they play enthusiastically around the house and can get much of their required exercise that way.

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