Havanese Breed Information


Havanese has a double coat with soft hair and is lightweight in both outer and undercoat. Havanese’s coat could reach 15 -20 cm and has a pearly sheen.  There are many colors of Havanese, such as gold, white, cream, fawn, silver, blue, chocolate, and black, or а mix of two or three colors of those.

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Origin Country of Havanese  :

Following the French, Cuban, and Russian revolutions, the Havanese were virtually extinct. Now rare in Cuba, the breed has been facing a crisis since the 1900s but is presently on the rise in reputation, having some devoted believers in the breed who are actively campaigning for its preservation within the USA. This dog belongs to the family of Dogs referred to as Bichons. The French word Bichon Frise implies “fleecy dog” or “curly lap dog.” “Bichon”; refers to the bearded look of the breed because the word “barbichon”; implies a small beard, and the word “Frise” implies curly. The Bichon Havanese originated in Cuba from an earlier breed known as Blanquito de la Habana (also named Havanese Silk Dog – a now-extinct breed). The Bichon Havanese adorned and enlivened the homes of aristocratic Cubans throughout the 18th & 19th centuries. Bichon Lapdogs were brought to Cuba in the 17th century from Europe; they adapted to the climate and customs of Cuba. Eventually, these conditions gave birth to a different dog, smaller than its predecessors, with a completely white coat of a silkier texture. This dog was the Blanquito de la Habana. In the 19th century, the Cubans took to liking the French and German Poodles, which were crossed with the existing Blanquito to create today’s Bichon Havanese. In the development of the Havanese, the Blanquito was much more dominant than the poodle. The Bichon Havanese originated in the 19th century (1800-1900). It was continually bred in Cuba all through the 20th century (1900-2000) and was the preferred pet/dog from Cuban families. Breeding the Havanese within the USA only started in the 1970s. In the 1960′s, many Cubans migrated to the USA. Most Cuban refugees settled in Florida, and some brought their pets (Havanese). A US breeder, Mrs. Goodale, saved the breed from extinction. She advertised inside the Florida paper and found two or three immigrant families who had brought their Havanese from Cuba with papers. From them, Mrs. Goodale got 6 Bichon Havanese with pedigrees, a bitch with 4 female pups, and a young unrelated male. Later she was able to get 5 more males from Costa Rica. As an experienced breeder, Mrs. Goodale began working with the 11 dogs. Her first lines appeared in 1974. The UKC recognized them in 1991. The AKC recognized them in 1996. The CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) recognized them in 2001. Around 1980, several German breeders started finding odd-coated puppies in litters with regular Havanese. As these pups matured, they did not grow full coats like their other littermates. They had feathering on the skirts, tail, legs, chest, and ears – the rest of the body hair was close lying. They, oddly enough, grew up to have smooth coats. Breeders got together and found that this was happening in other litters of Havanese and was not a chance genetic mutation in one single litter but something carried in a lot of Havanese as a recessive gene. These dogs had been known as Smooth-Coated Havanese but have picked up the name Shavanese somewhere along the line. The short-coated Havanese are not showable or breedable. However, they are perfectly healthy.

Height: The Havanese ranges from 8 to 11 inches (20-28 cm).


The Havanese weighs 7 to 13 pounds (3-6 kg).


The Havanese comes in many colors like cream, gold, silver, champagne, tan, blue, black, parti-color, and tri-colored.


The Havanese has a long whispy coat that tufts out towards extremities.


The Havanese is actually a toy dog, so it is actually an excellent dog to play with. It’s intelligent and can be simply trained. It can be best to train this dog at a young age, mainly because some habits will stick as they turn older. The Havanese get extremely attached to their owners but do not mind spending time away from their owners, as they’re quite self-entertaining dogs. The Havanese could be the ideal dog to have inside a low-upkeep household. This breed will not call for typical exercise. The Havanese are satisfied when their owner is satisfied. The dogs aren’t quite vocal unless abusive body movements are shown. They’re extremely friendly dogs, they do not bark at a stranger, but some people are more shy than other men and women. They don’t mind being kept outside as they’re fine with playing with their toys, but they prefer becoming inside with their owner. They enjoy performing in front of other people and possess a great have-to-have for affection.
They do possess a peculiar trait named “run-like-hell.” It really is a primeval manic attack where, immediately after a walk or playtime, they’re going to begin to growl and hiss and make other guttural sounds, after which start off racing to-n-fro, cease, growl, and bare their teeth at their owner. Just as suddenly as it appears, it ends, and the dog quickly returns to its friendly character.

Health Concerns: Even though a generally wholesome breed, the Havanese are prone to progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, luxating patellas, poodle eye, and dry skin.

Life Expectancy:

Havanese might be expected to live 14 to 15 years.

Living Environment:

The Havanese do nicely living in an apartment and may do well using a moderate quantity of physical exercise.

AKC Group:

Havanese is within the Toy Group.

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