This long-coated, spitz-tailed, high-spirited little dog was once the pampered favorite of rich Cuban families, especially those living in the capital, Havana. He is wary of strangers and makes an excellent watchdog. Easily recognized by their flowing silky coats, these dogs are very intelligent and very trainable. They are known to perform very well in obedience training which makes them extremely desirable family pets.
Owners claim Havanese are intuitive and able to tell what their people are thinking. These dogs require lots of human attention and suffer from separation anxiety. They can be noisy and destructive when being left alone for long hours.
Havanese Breed Outline
Other Names: Bichon Havanais, Cuban Shock Dog, Havana Silk Dog, the Havana Spaniel, the Havana Bichon, the Havana
Country of Origin: Western Mediterranean basin, Development - Cuba
Utilization: Companion and toy dog
FCI Classification: Group 9 - Companion & Toy Breeds; Bichons and related breeds (without working trial); AKC Classification: Toy Group
Size: Small (8-11 inches at shoulders)
Colors: There are two varieties of color: 1) Rarely completely pure white, fawn in its different shades of light fawn to havana-brown (tobacco color, reddish brown); markings in those colors of coat; slight blackened overlay admitted. 2) Black, admitted colors (white, light fawn to havana-brown) with black markings.
Litter Size: 6
Life Span: 12-15 years
Grooming Requirements: Daily combing, regular bathing with conditioning and trimming of the hair around the feet.
Personality: Exceptionally lively and talented, he is easy to train as alarm dog. Affectionate, of a happy nature, he is attractive, a charmer, playful and even a bit of a clown. He loves children and plays endlessly with them.
Social skills: Excellent with other pets.
Suitability for Children: Very good with children
Exercise Needs: Does not require a great deal of physical activity.
Train Ability: Very responsive to training and do great in obedience competitions, but can be difficult to house break.
Health & Behavioral Issues: PRA (blindness), cataracts, skin allergies.