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Originating from the Western Mediterranean region the Havanese has developed along the Spanish and Italian coastal region and it seems that ocean navigating Italian captains imported these dogs into Cuba.  The political events in Cuba however have led to the total disappearance of the old blood lines of this breed in Cuba; apparently a few dogs were smuggled out of Cuba into the United States; their descendants have survived in the U.S.A.  Also known as the Bichon Havanais.



Because they are exceptionally bright, gentle and responsive they are natural companion dogs.  They are affectionate, amiable, playful, of a happy nature and a bit of a clown, becoming very attached to their human families.  They are very sociable and will get along with everyone including other dogs and cats and because they adore children will play endlessly with them. They should never show signs of aggression and it is not in their nature to bark alot.



Height:   8-11” (20-28cms)

Weight:  7-13 lbs (3-6kgs)

Group: Toy Dog

This sturdy little dog with lots of long, slightly wavy and silky soft hair is quite low on his legs making him slightly longer than he is tall.  Even though they look fragile, this is one tough and agile little dog. They come in just about every colour and mixture of colours.



Even though it has been said that they are non-shedding, the reality is all dogs shed to some degree.  This breed will benefit from frequent grooming sessions several times a week. Routine grooming will assist to keep your dog’s skin, coat, teeth, gums and nails in peak condition. If you don't have the time to bath or groom your dog, your local  dog grooming parlour provides these services.


Life Expectancy

Around 14-15 years 


Health Concerns

They are known to be a generally healthy, long living little dog however, just like other dog breeds the Havanese can be prone to some genetic hereditary disorders. If you take into account the other breeds that played a factor in the development of the Havanese, like the Maltese, Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle, it stands to reason that they will have many similar hereditary problems that are encountered in these other breeds such as luxating patellas, poodle eye and dry skin. Always try to feed quality dog food to ensure a healthy happy dog.



These playful little dogs are suitable for apartment life and will do okay without a yard, because they are born to live in your home, and not in a patio or a kennel.  As they are very active little fellows indoors they will need to be taken on daily walks.  They make perfect companions and playmates for families and other pets.


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Toy Dogs: the common feature amongst these dogs is that they are all small, even if they come in a variety of different shapes. A few in this group include the Chihuahua, English Toy Terrier and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to mention a few.



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