Lifespan: 13 – 15 years
Mass: 9.9 – 16 lbs (Adult)
Height: 9.1 – 11 in. (Adult, At the withers)
Temperament: Affectionate, Responsive, Playful, Companionable, Gentle, Intelligent
Colors: Black, White, Havana Brown, Tobacco, Fawn, Mahogany
Nature and character
The Havanese is a bright and open-minded dog who learns quickly and willingly. He has a straightforward character and is equally friendly to humans and animals. With its gentle, cuddly and cheerful nature, the Havanese is suitable as a companion dog for people of all ages, especially as a companion for children. His tireless drive also predestined him for it. But here, too, the strict principle applies that children should never be left unattended with the dog.
The Havanese is in the attitude relatively straightforward and can be easily kept in a flat. Despite his small height he needs sufficient mental and physical exercise, because he is a very active and sporty dog, who can easily keep up even on long walks and enjoys the extra movement. Even a watchful behavior is the Havanese's own and can be steered quickly with patience in orderly paths.
Activities with the Havanese
The Havanese is now mainly to be found as a family dog and is generally suitable as a companion dog. Since the Havanese is relatively straightforward and is also easy to handle thanks to its size, it is also chosen by many active seniors as a companion. You should never underestimate the urge to move of this small breed, because to a pure existence on the couch, he is, like all dogs, not suitable. It should also be noted that the coat of Havanese needs regular care, daily brushing should therefore be standard ,
Origin & History
The Havanese originally comes from the Spanish and Italian Mediterranean region and not from Cuba, as you can read from time to time. He was rather introduced in early years by Italian sailors to Cuba, where he was especially popular with wealthy ladies as a status symbol. The Havanese owes its name to one of the Cuban capital, on the other hand, the tobacco-like Havana color, which is particularly common among Havanese in contrast to other Bichon races. Since the 1950s, the Havanese has completely disappeared from Cuba. However, the breed was able to survive thanks to some imported into the US copies and is now widespread again worldwide.