Thinking about purchasing an Havanese? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Havanese breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Havanese owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Havanese and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Havanese Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Havanese and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
The Havanese is related to the Bichon Frise and may be referred to as the Bichon Havanese or as the Havana Silk Dog. Havanese are known as the National Dog of Cuba. They are a happy, outgoing, small dog whose temperament and trainability have made them excellent candidates for obedience training. Havanese cannot miss what is going on around them, so you may find them sitting somewhere high. They are shy and slightly aloof with strangers, but warm up to their owners plenty. They can be quite vocal as they love the sound of their own voice. They are charming, intelligent and sophisticated in appearance. Havanese are alert, making them good watch dogs. They have been known to guard children, displaying their loving and devoted personalities. They live long lives, are sturdy in strength, and possess a kind spirit. They attach to their owners easily, making them "fantastic little friends." Havanese are a small dog in the Toy category. They have small, but well muscled bodies, covered in profuse soft fur. They can have a little bit of a shaggy appearance, but when brushed, have a distinguished look about them. They have furrowed eyebrows and a beard, the same length as the rest of their fur. They can be a bouquet of colors as well, ranging from cream, gold, silver, blue, black and chocolate, which is sometimes called "tobacco brown". They do need moderate grooming, but no trimming or coiffing is required. Havanese are gentle, kind little dogs that are ideal for owners who want a little buddy to follow them around.
Other Names: Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanese, Havana Silk Dog, Bichon Habanero
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 8½ - 11½
inches, with the ideal being 9 - 10½ inches.
Colors: White, cream,
champagne, black, silver, black and tan, blue, gold, chocolate, parti-color and tri-colored.
They can have solid or broad markings of any of these colors.
are responsive and friendly. They are intelligent, faithful, and devoted to
their masters. They will defend their own, but do not make good guard dogs. They
do make good watch dogs, however, because they are alert. They are shy and aloof
around strangers, but love their masters. They are natural clowns as well.
Havanese are serious and calm at times, affectionate and living to please. They
are attentive, quiet and gentle, but still love to play. They get along with
almost everyone, including children and other animals.
Watch-dog: High. Havanese
are very alert.
Havanese Care and Training:
Regular brushing or combing of the Havanese's non-shedding coat will keep them free
of tangles. There should be no coiffing or trimming. Havanese require minimal exercise,
making play sessions an easy outlet for their energy.
Activity: Medium - High.
Havanese Health Issues: Juvenile cataracts. Other health concerns include PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), chondrodysplasia, deafness, hip dysplasia, liver shunts, luxating patellas, and skin conditions.
Life Span: 14 - 15 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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