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Havanese (Face, Standing)
Face, Standing

Breed Information


2022: #25

2021: #25

2020: #24

2019: #22

2018: #24

2017: #23

2016: #23

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 14-16 years







Height 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)







Litter Size 1-9 puppies, average 4
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $2500 USD

The Havanese is one of the most expensive breeds of small dog breeds. Usually, the average cost of purchasing a pet quality puppy from a reputable breeder is about $1,500 to $2,500. However, for a Havanese puppy with top breed lines and a superior pedigree, you may need to pay between $3,000 and $5,000.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

5 stars

Havanese are good for apartment life. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard. Havanese are born to live in your home, and not in a patio or a kennel, but at the same time, they require plenty of exercise.

Barking Tendencies

2 stars


Cat Friendly

5 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good 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

This playful little dog has an average demand for exercise. This breed needs to be taken on a daily walk. While walking be sure to make the dog heel on the lead. It is an instinct for a dog to migrate daily and to have a leader, and in their mind the leader leads the way. This is very important to raising a well-rounded, balanced pet.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: The coat on the Havanese should be brushed/combed thoroughly at least twice a week. The Havanese is non-shedding and considered a good hypo allergenic dog. Excess hair around the pads of the feet should be clipped.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: YesHavanese are generally healthy and sturdy with relatively few serious health issues. They typically live 14 to 16 years. Havanese organizations, such as the Havanese Club of America, monitor genetic issues to prevent propagation within the breed.


2 stars

Ranking: #45 Full Ranking List


4 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal Shedding: The Havanese is referred to as a non-shedder, but all dogs shed at least a little bit.

Stranger Friendly

4 stars


5 stars

Easy Training: The Havanese is eager to please, but positive reinforcement works best. They are particularly sensitive to the tone of your voice. It was not uncommon for a time for Havanese dogs to appear in circus acts. This is attributed to their eagerness to please as well as their high level of intelligence.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Havanese Puppy (Face, Standing)
Face, Standing

Havanese Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
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
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


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.

Havanese have a quiet and gentle disposition, but enjoy rowdy play sessions. They are affectionate, preferring to be at their owner's side or in the same room, and will alert their owner to approaching strangers. They enjoy the company of other Havanese. They are intelligent, easy to train and attentive to their handler. Havanese have an alert, gentle expression produced by the combination of large dark eyes, dropped ears, long fur and an endearing habit of tilting their head when listening.


The Havanese, also known as the "Bichon Havanais" (or 'Habanero'), and the "Havana Silk Dog", the Havanese breed is thought to be descended from the Old World Bichon types of small companion dogs, such as the often-painted Italian Bichon of Bologna (the Bolognese) or the Maltese. Over the centuries, interesting variations developed into separate breeds around major port cities of the Spanish Empire. The Havanese breed is the Bichon of Cuba. All published theories of their origin and development seem based on speculation, but it is certain that they were always a small breed which was exclusively owned by the higher social classes.

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