Basic Havanese Information

  • Lifespan: 12 - 14 years
  • Height: 9 - 12 inches
  • Weight: 7 - 13 pounds

Medical Conditions Seen in Havaneses

Havanese Traits

  • Jogging Partner
  • Lap Dog
  • Good with Children
  • Warm Weather
  • Cold Weather
  • Grooming Requirements
  • Shedding
  • Barking
  • Ease of Training

Havanese History

  • The Havanese is a descendent of the barbichon family of dogs, which in turn descend from the barbet, a large water dog behind the Poodle. The barbichon family was centered around the Mediterranean.
  • Spanish traders brought some of these dogs with them when they traveled, giving them to Cuban women.
  • The dogs became pampered pets in Cuba, especially favored with the upper class. They became known as the Habenero.
  • Eventually some of these dogs were brought back to Europe, where they were called white Cubans. Here they became popular both as pets and as performing dogs.
  • Their popularity as pets waned, and their numbers dwindled, but they remained popular as trick performers in the circus.
  • In the 1950s and 60s, three families left Cuba for the United States, bringing their dogs with them. Most present-day Havanese descend from these dogs, with some input from later imports.
  • The AKC recognized the Havanese in 1999.

Havanese Behavior Concerns

  • Makes an affectionate and exuberant companion.
  • Playful, gentle and very good with children.
  • Very friendly to strangers, other dogs and other pets.
  • Does best with reward-based training involving food or games.
  • Eager to please, bright and responsive.

Havanese Suggested Exercises

  • Makes a lively and alert housedog.
  • A walk around the block once or twice daily, plus a vigorous game, will meet its exercise needs, not counting bathroom breaks.
  • Many Havanese have been trained to use indoor potty systems.
  • Dog parks can work out well as long as Havanese are not expected to mingle with much larger dogs.
  • Games and tricks provide needed mental exercise.
  • Its thick coat provides some protection against cold weather, but its fairly small body size nonetheless makes it vulnerable to the cold.

Havanese Grooming

  • Coat is long, and ranges from straight to curly, with wavy preferred.
  • Brushing and combing two to four times a week is necessary to prevent matting.
  • Shedding is below average.
  • No breed is actually non-allergenic, but Havanese may cause fewer allergies compared to most other breeds.

Suggested Havanese Nutritional Needs

  • Havanese tend to stay in good weight. The thick coat can sometimes obscure weight problems, so be sure to use your hands to feel.
  • Adult dogs should be fed a balanced diet, with restricted calories if the dog starts to gain too much weight.

Did you know?

  • Grapes and raisins are harmful to dogs.
  • Some dog parasites are transferable to humans.
  • Many common pet ailments may be detected early and prevented by visiting your veterinarian twice yearly - saving both time, money, and most importantly, ensuring the best quality of life for your dog.

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