Havanese dogThe Havanese is part of the family of Bichon dogs which are known for their lengthy hair but that does shed. They have been more popular in the past among the royalty of Cuba in the past, hence the name that it carries. This dog breed is also known as the Havana Silk dog.

Breed Origins

Although the dog breed may have a Carribbean sounding name, it actually has a Mediterranean heritage. But it was largely developed as a breed in Cuba where it ancient ancestors were brought to the island by Spanish sailors. In pre-revolution Cuba, the Havanese were considered as a well-loved pet among the Cuban royalty. When many Cubans fled their country and went to the US, they brought with them this dog breed which also took up the interest of many American dog breeders and pet owners.

Appearance and Size

The Havanese is considered as a toy dog and belongs to such categories. Although it might seem small and delicate, the Havanese is actually quite a hearty and sturdy dog for its size. The Havanese stands from between 8 to 11 inches tall from the shoulders and can weight from 7 to 13 pounds. It has a soft coat of hair and with a plumed tail. The Havanese also has a broad head with a pointed muzzle and drooping ears.

Home and Family Relations

The Havanese are known to be natural companion dogs. They are gentle and responsive to human actions and is usually considered as a loving and devoted member of the family. They are blessed with a high degree of intelligence as well as are very affectionate and sociable. The Havanese does well with children and with other pets.


Considered an active breed, the Havanese are playful and may tend to bark a lot. Being affectionate and loyal, they tend to always remain by their owners side. Havanese dogs are also very sensitive and may become upset when it perceives the harsh tone of voice of its owner. Most Havanese would prefer living indoors but does enjoy some playtime in a fenced yard. They also make good watch dogs since they can be noisy at times. But this breed also responds quickly to proper training.

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