The Havanese breed a smaller dog and is an active and happy companion.

Then are intelligent and are quick witted.  They are very energetic and love to play games and fetch. 

They love to fetch and retrieve for hours on end. The Havanese dog can learn commands quickly and perform at a high level. 


Adult Size


  •   Height: 10 - 11 inches

  •   Weight: 7 - 13 pounds

Ideal Human Companions


    • Active singles and families

    • Ideal apartment dog

    • No large yard needed

    • Loves to go on walks

Trademark Traits


    • Lively and Affectionate

    • Great Personality

    • Carefree

    • Intelligent

    • Loves to be with companion

    • Playful

    • Love to play games

    • Energetic

    • Enjoy learning tricks

    • Loves to play with paper

What They Are Like to Live With

Havanese need a large amount of interaction with people. They are generally good with other pets if properly socialized, and they enjoy outside activities.  The Havanese can be a good watchdog but poor guard dog because of the small size. Occasionally, one may bark excessively if not properly trained.  Havanese require brushing and combing three or more times a week to ensure a mat-free coat. They do not require trimming.

Things You Should Know

The Havanese can live as long as 10-15 years with relatively few genetic health concerns. Then generally mature at 1 year of age, although they reach their full size in 6 to 8 months.  Havanese come in many colors including gold, black, blue, silver, cream, champaign or chocolate and combination of colors.

As with many small dogs, it's common for adoring owners to overindulge their Havanese. They'll probably regret it — bad habits, such as eating only people food, can form very quickly. This breed is a sharp con artist, and you may find that your Havanese is training you, rather than the other way around.

Havanese History

The Havanese is an old breed from the bichon family. Originally, Tenerife dogs came to Cuba with Spanish farmers and noblemen in the early 1500s. These dogs developed into the Havanese with little, if any, outside influences.

In Havana, the breed became a family pet. By the 18th century, Europeans vacationing in Havana discovered the Havanese. The little dog quickly became a hit among Spanish, French and British nobility.

With Castro's revolution, some Cubans who fled to the United States brought their Havanese with them. These 11 dogs became the foundation stock for the Havanese of today.

The Look of a Havanese

The Havanese is a smaller-sized water dog covered in a beautiful long silky wavy coat. Its head is usually covered in wavy hair and a shaggy beard, while its medium-length muzzle and round nose usually peek out. 

They are pretty and very personal.  They have a distinctive gait because they have a little shorter front legs that it's back legs. They have an arched tail which curves over it's back