Photo: Alice Van Kempen
The Havanese is a Cuban member of the Bichon family that includes better known breeds such as the Maltese and Bichon Frise. The Bichon breeds originated in the Mediterranean area and the Havanese’s ancestors may have arrived in Cuba when the Spanish were exploring the Caribbean. Bred primarily as a pet, the Havanese’s pert personality and attractive appearance have contributed to its appeal.
Happy, outgoing and quite trainable, the Havanese is a pleasant and affectionate companion.
A sturdy, short-legged, small dog with a lively, springy gait, the Havanese is well suited to urban or suburban living. His exercise requirements are easily met.
A Toy breed, the Havanese ranges from 8.5-11.5 in (22-29 cm) in height and is a featherweight at 7-13 lb (3-6 kg).
The non-shedding coat is long, soft and wispy with curls or tufts at the ends.
The breed comes in a virtual rainbow of hues – white, cream, champagne, gold, blue, black, silver, chocolate, or any combination of these colours.
Regular brushing is needed to keep the soft coat from matting.