Havanese Dog Breed Information


Havanese Quick Facts
Havanese
Breed Group: Toy
Origen: Western Mediterranean
Nickname: Habanero
Weight: 7-13 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches
Color(s): Cream, gold, silver, champagne, tan, blue, black, parti-color and tri-colored


Havanese Appearance

The Havanese is a small, muscular, short legged dog with intelligent and gentle expression. The Havanese is a descendent of breeds brought to Cuba from Spain. He is slightly longer than tall. The Havanese have dark, almond shape eyes. The ears are medium length, well feathered and should always hang down. The tail set high and arcing over the back. Its unique gait is exceptionally energetic and spongy, accentuating the dog’s happy nature.

The coat is double, with both under and outer coat soft. The outer coat is very long, and ranges from straight to curly, with wavy preferred, colors may be cream, gold, silver, champagne, tan, blue, black, parti-color and tri-colored. The weight of the Havanese is around 7-13 pounds; and the height around 8-11 inches.

Havanese Temperament

The Havanese is cheerful, affectionate, playful and gentle dog. They are highly intelligent, sociable, sensitive, peaceful and gentle with everyone. They like to sit on the sofa looking out the window and alert you when visitors arrive, but quickly calm down once you welcome them. The Havanese learn quickly, enjoys doing things for the owner and had a long reputation as a circus dog.

. Some of them tend to bark more than necessary. It is best to teach them not to bark unnecessarily while they are still young to prevent it from becoming a habit. This curious dog loves to observe what is going on around them and is very sensitive to the tone of one's voice.

Is Havanese the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Havanese is good for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. This playful little dog has an average demand for exercise and his needs could be met with a short walk or a good play section.

The Havanese is good for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. This playful little dog has an average demand for exercise and his needs could be met with a short walk or a good play section.

Havanese Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Havanese is around 12-15 years.

Havanese Health problems

The Havanese is relatively healthy. There are some concern associated with this breed including patellar luxation (dislocated knee caps), unilateral and bilateral deafness and dry skin. This breed is also prone to chondrodysplasia, mitral valve insufficiency, Legg-Calve Perthes Disease, elbow dysplasia, portacaval shunt, allergies and hypothyroidism.

Havanese Care and Grooming

The Havanese coat needs considerable grooming. They need to be thoroughly brushed and combed at least twice a week to remove dead hair and to avoid hair tangling. Because of the tropical nature of the Havanese, the thick coat is light and designed to act as a sunshade and cooling agent on hot days. This means that the Havanese needs protection against cold winter days. Check the eyes and ears regularly. If the ears are not kept clean it is prone to get an ear infection. Use dry shampoo occasionally and bathe only when necessary.

Havanese Shedding

The Havanese doesn’t shed hair, therefore; it may be well suited to allergy sufferers.