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Breed > Havanese

Havanese

Havanese “Intelligent, Outgoing, Funny”

The Havanese, also known as the Bichon Havanais, the Havana Silk Dog, and the Bichon Havanese, is a breed of dog in the Toy Group. The little intelligent and sensitive Havanese is best described as a friend to all as this breed gets along with all animals and people of all ages.

  • Height: 8.5-11.5 inches
  • Weight: 7-13 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
  • Group: Toy Group

History

The Havanese is originally from Cuba and it is the only native dog breed of this country. The Havanese was created sometime in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s, and their ancestors include the Bichon. This breed was developed solely as a lap dog and human companion.

Care

The Havanese does well in a variety of homes, from apartments to large homes with yards — as long as he’s an indoor dog. This breed isn’t suited for life in the backyard. He is happiest when he is with his family. Although they’re not overly yappy, they do bark at passersby, so if your home has noise restrictions, this may not be the breed for you.

His eagerness to please his owners makes the Havanese fairly easy to train in most cases. Basic obedience, beginning with puppy classes, is recommended. Housetraining, however, can be particularly challenging for a Havanese, so you’ll need to be especially patient during this process. You’ll get there, but crate training is a must.

Though he’s small and fuzzy, a Havanese isn’t a toy. Like all breeds, he needs to learn good canine manners. Don’t spoil him with table scraps or by carrying him all the time he’ll get fat or become overly possessive of you.

Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.