About Havanese

  • Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
  • Recommended for: Families
  • Maintenance Level: Low-medium
  • Hypoallergenic: Yes
  • Life Span: 13 – 15 years
  • Height: 23 – 27 cm
  • Weight: 4.5 – 7.3 kg


Havanese are happy, well-adjusted dogs that love to have fun. They can be goofy and even a little mischievous. But they’re so loving that they’re GREAT around children.

They don’t bark a lot but will alert you to stranger danger if someone unknown comes close to you or them – enough to be a mini kind of guard dog.

The Havanese is a small, sturdy dog of immense charm. The native dog of Cuba, he is beloved as a friendly, intelligent and playful companion. 

These little love bugs make excellent companion dogs, because they love being with their people.

Havanese love sticking by their owner’s side so much that they’ve earned the name “Velcro dog.” 

They’re good for people with allergies. 

Because Havanese have silky hair that grows continuously instead of the typical dog fur, they can be much less irritating to people with allergies to dogs.

Amusing Quirks

Havanese may be busy active little dogs indoors but are generally relatively quiet. But every now and then, particularly in the evenings mayhem erupts as they enjoy short rounds of energetic rowdy madcap play. Just all of a sudden, one will take a flying leap off the back of the couch and continue in circles through the dining room, living room and family room tearing around the house like a banshee.

Another thing that Havanese are renowned for is their love of being up high. This is common among cats but unusual in dogs. The favorite resting spot of most Havanese is a high place, like the tops of chairs or the sofa. As young puppies even, they may climb to the back of the sofa where they rest their little head on your shoulder and fall asleep with their paws on your arm.

Potential health issues

While some health conditions occasionally occur, the Havanese remains a healthy little breed with a life expectancy of approximately 12 to 15 years. The majority of Havanese experience few significant health issues.

Havanese suffer primarily from luxating patella, liver disease, heart disease, cataracts and retinal dysplasia Havanese sometimes tear and may develop brown tear stains, especially noticeable on white or light coats.

Coat and Colours

Silky to the touch, the coat is soft and light in texture in both outer and undercoat, although the outer coat carries slightly more weight. The coat is long, abundant and wavy and comes in a variety of colours.. It stands off the body slightly, but flows with movements

This dog was often called the “Havana silk dog” because the coat feels like fine silk.

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Owning a Havanese

Oh, those sweet little Havanese puppies! They can tempt you with all that fluff and fur alone, but when you add a sweet face and a playful personality, they become almost completely irresistible. However, just being cute and sweet doesn’t make the Havanese the right breed for everyone. They have their own needs and wants, just as every living creature does and these must be met if you are going to be a good pet owner for one of these special dogs.


Introducing a Puppy to your Dog

Dogs are pack animals with a dominance hierarchy. One dog leads and the others fall in rank behind him. If you’re introducing a new puppy to your dog or other pets, he’ll need to find his place in the pack and you can help him out.


Bringing your Puppy Home

Greats tips and info to get you prepared for your cute new arrival.

HOUSE TRAINING Your Havanese Puppy

Now that you have brought your new baby home, teaching him where to do his business is of utmost importance.