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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #24
Name Havanese
Other names Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer
Origin Cuba
Breed Group Toy (AKC:1996)Companion (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 14-15 years
Temperament AffectionateCompanionableGentleIntelligentPlayfulResponsive
Height 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Colors BlackBlueBrownGraySilverWhite
Litter Size 1 - 9 puppies, average 4
Puppy Price Average $900 - $1200 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 stars
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 5 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Exercise Needs 1 stars
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 2 starsRanking: 80+
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 4 stars
Trainability 2 starsDifficult Training: Training will be difficult, which might not be suitable for a first time dog owner. Patience and perseverance are required to adequately train it. Professional obedience schools can also be helpful.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Rocky Bella
02 Charlie Sophie
03 Buddy Chloe
04 Jack Layla
05 Teddy Zoey
06 Dexter Gracie
07 Oliver Lady
08 Riley Abbie
09 Marley Nala
10 Buster Lexi

The Havanese is a small, sturdy, short-legged dog. Its unique gait is exceptionally lively and springy, accentuating the dog's happy nature. The coat is double, with both under and outer coat soft. The profuse outer coat is very long, reaching 6 to 8 inches in length, and ranges from straight to curly, with wavy preferred. The curly coat is allowed to cord. The expression is gentle.

This is a busy, curious dog; it is happiest when it is the center of attention. It loves to play and clown and is affectionate with its family, children, strangers, other dogs and pets — basically everyone! The Havanese is willing to please and learn easily, but it tends to be vocal.

The Havanese, also known as the Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanes, Havaneser, Havanezer and Bichon Habanero, originated in Cuba. The Havanese originated by way of the Blanquito de la Habana or the Havanese Silk Dog, which is now an extinct breed. However, the Blanquito de la Habana could not have existed were it not for the Bichon Lapdogs that arrived in Cuba fro Europe in the 17th century. It was the acclimatization of the Bichon Lapdog that made way for the entirely white silky haired Blanquito de la Habana. The Cubans created today's Havanese by crossing the Blanquito de la Habana with both German and French Poodles, while keeping a higher content of the Blanquito apparent in the breed. The 19th century was the birth of the Havanese and by the 20th century, the Havanese was the preferred family pet in Cuba. Breeding of the Havanese in the United States did not begin until some time in the 1970's after many Cuban families migrated in the 1960's. Mrs. Goodale, a United States breeder sought to prevent the breed from extinction. Mrs. Goodale posted managed to collect 11 papered Havanese from various immigrant Cuban families to begin her breeding program. Mrs Goodale's Havanese lines first appeared in 1974 and the Havanese began receiving recognition with registries in 1991. In addition to the traditional Havanese, a short-haired verson began to appear in German litters in the 1980's. The short-haired Havanese, while not showable or breedable, is perfectly healthy.
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