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Is the Havanese right for you?

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Other name(s): Havanese Cuban Bichon; Bichon Havanais; Bichon Havanês; Havaneser; Havanezer; Bichon Habanero

The basics:
The national dog of Cuba, the Havanese is an adorable toy once beloved of the island nation's aristocrats. There's a mix of Bichon and Poodle in its heritage, resulting in a confident and surprisingly intelligent little dog that has become a highly regarded companion. They can make great apartment pets who love to cuddle with their people, but these highly social dogs should not be left alone for long periods of time. A neglected Havanese could prove to be surprisingly chewy, barky, or timid.

Appearance / health:
The Havanese is a small, furry, soft-to-touch dog. It has a sturdy body that is slightly longer than it is tall with well-boned, straight legs covered with long hair. The head is quite small with a short somewhat-blunt muzzle. The eyes are large, dark, and almond-shaped. The ears are medium-sized, set low, covered with long hair and droopy. The breed has a short tail covered with long, silky hair that is normally carried over the back in a curve.

The Havanese does not shed much. However, it requires regular brushing to remove dead hair. It also requires a regular brushing of teeth and a regular checkup of ears and eyes.

The Havanese loves to run, jump, climb, or chase. While it does not require vigorous exercise, frequent physical activity helps to keep it in good shape.

The Havanese is generally a healthy breed. However, it may be prone to diseases such as: CD (Osteochondrodysplasia); luxating patella (displacement of kneecap); and hip dysplasia.

Behavior / temperament:
The breed is curious and alert, observing things around it with keen interest. Clever and active, the Havanese likes to perform tricks to entertain people around it.

The Havanese has a high level of intelligence and learns quickly. It responds well to obedience training.

By nature, the Havanese is not a compulsive barker.


healthy, small sturdy breed, absolute lap dog, affectionate, sociable, beautiful silky coat


separation anxiety, regular grooming, sensitive stomach, hairskin issues, barkers, SEVERE allergies


great trick dog, double coated breed, puppy clip, ‘bell method

Havanese Health Tip


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