(Toy Group)

"The Havanese is a small sturdy dog of immense charm... A native of Cuba, he has evolved over the centuries from the pampered lap-dog of the aristocracy into what he is today--the quintessential family pet...

"..his character is essentially playful rather than decorative...

"Temperament: Playful and alert. The Havanese is both trainable and intelligent with a sweet, non-quarrelsome disposition" (AKC Standard).

"The Havanese is a loveable, friendly dog requiring affection and a lot of physical contact. These dogs are very intelligent and are great watchdogs. The Havanese makes a great family pet and can be very comical for family members" (http://www.abcpets.com/dogsnew.html#A).

7-14 lbs.

Country of origin: Cuba
Group: Toy
Life Span: 14 to 15 years
Trainability: Excellent Activity level: Moderate
Best home: Indoors
Good with children and pets

""Once you have a Havanese, you are finished with other breeds," Say Baldwin... "It is the cutest, smartest little dog. Havanese have personality plus. This is a dog that is both intelligent and trainable."

""Havanese don't know strangers. Anybody that comes in this house gets a kiss."

They "excel at obedience...

"..also known as the Havana Silk Dog... the breed's origins trace back to the dog of Tenerife, a common ancestor to dogs of the Bichon family... the Havanese is the national dog of Cuba...

"...high incidence of cataracts... dwarfism and heart murmurs..

"Havanese need patient and loving owners. The breed sheds very little, but the silky coat requires lots of attention to keep it from matting...

".. housetraining can be a problem. The breed's small bladder, frequent urination, and unobtrusive urination posture can make it difficult to train consistently...

"...needs an owner who appreciates his need for companionship... "I have never seen a dog with as strong a social need as a Havanese," Klumb says..." (Davis, Phil. "Latin Lover." Dog Fancy, Dec. 2003, 54-55).

Links & Pictures:

Havanese Club of America
Havanese Rescue national
Havanese - Bichon Havanais description of the breed
Havanese ABCs
Havanese, ERA's cute pictures
Havanese Fanciers of Canada
Havanese Profile

Colby Glass, MLIS