The Havanese is truly a delightful little dog. They
have happy, outgoing and immensely entertaining personalities.
Havanese are excellent with children and are loyal, devoted
To Know Them is to Love Them!
General Information About the Havanese
Where do they come from?
The Havanese is an
old breed of the Bichon Family. They were first recognized in the
Mediterranean area and may have originated on the island of Malta.
Today's Havanese descended from those found in Cuba. They were introduced
into the American Kennel Club's registry on June 30, 1995, entered the
Miscellaneous Class on February 1, 1996 and began competing in the Toy Group
on January 1, 1999.
What size are
The Havanese size is measured in inches (measured
from the top of the shoulders to the ground) and ranges between 8-1/2 and
weight of the adult Havanese varies depending upon his size but usually ranges
between 7 and 14 pounds.
What do they act
The Havanese is a very sweet and affectionate breed with exceptional intelligence
and quick wit. They are sturdy, playful and very entertaining. As
if having springs for legs, the Havanese possess a very clown like personality
and are often quite busy. They are excellent with children , other
pets, and get along well in almost every situation.
What color are
The Havanese comes in
a wide variety of colors and color patterns with no preference being given
to one color over another. The colors can range from pure white to
shades of cream, gold, black, blue, silver, chocolate or any combination
of these colors including pied, parti or brindle
No. The Havanese has a COMPLETELY NON-SHEDDING
Since the Havanese does not shed and has a low dander level, they have been
referred to as being "hypo-allergenic". Many people with asthma
and other allergies have been able to own a Havanese without any adverse
The Havanese coat is not trimmed or clipped
for standard presentation. When kept with full coat, they do require
frequent brushing since the coat does not shed. Most families prefer
to keep their pets coats clipped short for easier care.
Are they healthy? How long do they
The breed is generally very healthy and long
lived, however, all long-lived breeds may eventually develop some problems.
The Havanese should be examined for patellar luxation, congenital cardiac
health, congenital deafness and heritable eye disease. They may live
to be as old as 18 years of age when they receive proper care. The average
life span of the Havanese is about 14 years.
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