What is a Havanese Dog and where is it from?

  • By: Mick Whitefield
  • Time to read: 2 min.

The Havanese Dog is a fun little bundle of fur from Cuba where it is considered to be the national dog. It is ideal as a Lap Dog or an affectionate family friend capable of performing tricks.

Havanese Dog
A beautiful smiling tri-coloured chocolate and white Havanese puppy dog

Origin: ~ Cuba.
Originally Bred for: ~ Lap Dog, Performer.
Colour: ~ Any combination of colours.
Coat: ~A double coat with a long wavy outercoat.

The coat is considered to be Hypoallergenic.
Height: ~ 8.5 to 11.5 inches or 22 to 29cms.
Weight: ~ 7 to 13lbs or 3 to 5.9kgs.
Lifespan: ~ 14 to 16 years.
AKC Group – Toy Group.

History of the Havanese Dog

The Havanese is the only dog considered native to Cuba, originating from the Bichon breed of dog from the Mediterranean they arrived in Cuba via Spanish traders where they became known as Habaneros.

Their popularity as pets waned but they remained popular in Circus acts which travelled throughout Europe. Eventually their numbers in Cuba declined dramatically but a few families left Cuba around the 1950’s and the breed then regained some popularity.

The Havanese is the 142nd breed to have received their own recognition as a breed from the AKC in 1996.

Temperament and Upkeep of the Havanese Dog

This is a busy and curious dog and is happiest when it is the centre of attention. It loves to play the clown, is affectionate with children and adukts alike. The attention it enjoys makes it a good dog for teaching, whether that be walking on a leash or performing tricks.

It is an energetic bundle of fun but exercise can be a playtime of 30 minutes twice a day or a sensible walk around the park. When it is bored you can expect it to bark for attention.

Havanese In Winter
A cute bundle that will want to be the centre of your attention

The coat which is a double layered coat will need brushing two or three times a week or having the coat shorn short will help, otherwise the coat will tangle. It is considered to be a hypoallergenic dog.

With a good lifespan of around 14 years these dogs are generally quite healthy, the only notable concerns are Patellar Luxation.

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