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Havanese

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A Cheerful Dog

Affectionate, Busy, Playful

Havaneses are extraordinary dogs. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding
purpose of Havaneses, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance
and behavior. Some behaviors make the Havanese and some can be quite irritating!
Understanding her unique needs will help you keep her healthy and will create a
stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where she
came, which health conditions are a risk to her and how to keep her feeling her best.

Breed Details

Height:8.5-11.5" Weight:7-13 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: She is well suited for apartment living; she will need daily walks and regular inside play. She is highly intelligent and can be taught to perform a variety of tricks to keep her mentally stimulated. 

Grooming: Daily brushing and regular trimming is recommended to prevent mats and keep her long coat beautiful. 

Dental: Havaneses generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week! 

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

The Havanese is an intelligent and affectionate dog; she thrives on human companionship and needs a family that is home most of the time.

Positive Traits:

  • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic 

  • Lovable, playful companion 

  • Eager to please and responsive to training 

  • Quirky, entertaining personality 

  • Good with children and other pets 

  • Alert, curious, and busy 


Negative Traits:

  • Prone to separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors 

  • Can be difficult to housetrain 

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively 

  • Long coat needs to be brushed regularly 

  • Can be strong-willed 

  • Needs frequent attention from her family 


Whether you are considering adding a new Havanese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Havanese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Havanese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health concerns a Havanese could encounter:

The Havanese is an old breed that originated in Cuba. It’s the national dog of Cuba and its only native breed. They were bred for companionship and are known for their springy gait. The Havanese is an affectionate, friendly, and devoted companion. The long, silky double coat of the Havanese requires daily grooming, but they shed very little. The Havanese is an alert watchdog, but can be accepting of strangers. She tends to be an outgoing, active, and spirited family pet.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Havanese shows signs of the following:


  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

  • Cloudiness to eye lens 

  • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night 

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating 

  • General reluctance to run or play 

  • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest 

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face 

  • rubbing 

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain 


  • Care

    Routine Care: She is well suited for apartment living; she will need daily walks and regular inside play. She is highly intelligent and can be taught to perform a variety of tricks to keep her mentally stimulated. 

    Grooming: Daily brushing and regular trimming is recommended to prevent mats and keep her long coat beautiful. 

    Dental: Havaneses generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week! 

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    The Havanese is an intelligent and affectionate dog; she thrives on human companionship and needs a family that is home most of the time.

    Positive Traits:

    • Bouncy, cheerful, loyal, and enthusiastic 

    • Lovable, playful companion 

    • Eager to please and responsive to training 

    • Quirky, entertaining personality 

    • Good with children and other pets 

    • Alert, curious, and busy 


    Negative Traits:

    • Prone to separation anxiety and associated barking and chewing behaviors 

    • Can be difficult to housetrain 

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively 

    • Long coat needs to be brushed regularly 

    • Can be strong-willed 

    • Needs frequent attention from her family 


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Havanese to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Havanese will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Havanese you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health concerns a Havanese could encounter:

  • History

    The Havanese is an old breed that originated in Cuba. It’s the national dog of Cuba and its only native breed. They were bred for companionship and are known for their springy gait. The Havanese is an affectionate, friendly, and devoted companion. The long, silky double coat of the Havanese requires daily grooming, but they shed very little. The Havanese is an alert watchdog, but can be accepting of strangers. She tends to be an outgoing, active, and spirited family pet.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Havanese shows signs of the following:


    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes 

    • Cloudiness to eye lens 

    • Increased blinking, extra tears and squinting 

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night 

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating 

    • General reluctance to run or play 

    • Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest 

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face 

    • rubbing 

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain 


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