The Havanese is a small and charming dog breed, originally from Cuba. They are known for their long and silky coat, as well as for their affectionate, cheerful and playful character.

General details

The breed has a small but robust size, weighing between 3 and 6 kilograms, and a height that varies between 22 and 29 centimeters. Its life expectancy is 14 to 16 years. The Havanese belongs to Group 9 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes companion dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Havanese breed has a history that dates back to the western Mediterranean region. It is believed that these dogs developed along the Spanish and Italian coast. There are indications that they were introduced to Cuba early on by Italian captains during their sea voyages. Over time, events led to the complete disappearance of the old Havanese bloodlines in Cuba. However, some descendants managed to survive in the United States of America after being smuggled to that country, leaving a legacy of this charming breed in American lands. Today, the Havanese is appreciated for its charming appearance and affable character.

Breed characteristics

The Havanese is a breed characterized by its small but robust body. Its head is rounded, with expressive and large eyes, with a preference for dark shades. The ears are set high and fall naturally on the sides of the head. The tail is well covered with long fur and is carried curled over the back in movement. The coat is long, soft and silky, forming a rich coat all over the body. Common colors include fawn, black, tan, tan, tobacco, reddish brown and rarely solid white. The Havanese is an alert and docile dog. It is affectionate, cheerful, friendly, humorous and playful. It has a great affinity for children and enjoys interacting and playing with them. Their charming and adaptable temperament makes them ideal companions for all types of families and homes.

Common health problems

The Havanese, with optimal care and attention, can enjoy a long healthy life, although it is predisposed to certain health problems. Among the most common diseases or disorders are cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and retinal dysplasia.

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