Toy Group

Havanese - General Information

Weight: 7-13 lbs

Height: 8-11 inches

Color(s): cream, gold, silver, champagne, tan, blue, black, parti-color and tri-colored

Character: The Havanese is a true delight. They are intelligent, curious, and playful. This breed thrives on companionship and adores children. The Havanese are good watch dogs who will alert their family to danger or visitors. They will look to their family for reassurance before welcoming strangers. Once they befriend someone they are friends for life.

Temperament: The Havanese is a highly devoted breed. They are at their best in the family environment and do not like to be left alone for extended periods of time. They get along very well with children and other pets. The Havanese are neither aggressive nor timid, and do not exhibit a possessive nature. They truly have an endearing personality that makes them a lovely house pet.

Care: The Havanese require brushing and combing a minimum of two times per week although the coat may be clipped for easier care. It is important to check the eyes and ears regularly and keep them clean. They are susceptible to genetic eye disease and ear infections. The Havanese need to have their teeth brushed weekly so early tooth loss is prevented.

Training: The Havanese is always eager to learn. They do well in both agility and obedience. They also love to swim and enjoy many water sports. They take great delight in being the center of attention and with their quick wit are easily trained to perform tricks. Their sweet and loving dispositions make them great therapy dogs. The Havanese, like many toy breeds, may be difficult to housebreak. It is important to train this breed using firm, fair, consistent and loving direction.

Activity: The Havanese has an energetic nature that requires walking, a play session, or a swim. However, they do not require an inordinate amount of exercise. They do well in apartments and also homes with small yards. Since they are adept at learning tricks, they benefit from this activity. The Havanese are moderately active indoors but do need toys and social stimulation so as not to become bored and irritable.