The Havanese is a gentle reserved little dog that is absolutely devoted to their owners. These dogs love to play although are very sensitive.

These small dogs can become upset rather easily, and will stand off around strangers. Will always be responsive and playful with their owners.

Havanese Facts


Exercise Requirements:      3 star rating

Good with Children:             5 star rating

Easy to Train:                        3 star rating

Good Watchdog:                    3 star rating

Low Shedding:                       4 star rating

Good with Other Pets:         5 star rating

Vital Statistics

Size: 23-28 cm (9-11 in)

Weight: 3-6 kg (6.5-13 lb)

Coat: Silky and soft with waves or slight curls. Full bodied with an undercoat

Colour: Any

Lifespan: 14 years

Special Characteristics

The Havanese loves to be around people and really does enjoy a good long play session. These dogs are described as being lively, gentle, affectionate, responsive, friendly, sensitive and outgoing.

Exercise Requirements

These dogs have medium exercise requirements and love nothing more than to play at home. One or two short walks with a good play session at home will keep these lovely little dogs satisfied and content.

Attitude Towards:

Owners: Friendly, loving, warm and devoted towards their owners.

Children: Are really good around children.

Other Pets: Great around other small pets including cats.

Strangers: Cautious and restrained around strangers.

Other Unfamiliar Dogs: Are known to be friendly around other dogs, will be looking to play.

What to Watch Out For

These small dogs love to be around people and are devoted to their owners, they might suffer from separation problems. If no-one is at home for long periods then this might not be the breed for you.

Health Risks

I am pleased to say that there are only three things to take note of here; patellar luxation, cataracts and hypothyroidism.

The dogs long fur can bring in mud and dirt from outside into your home and needs brushing on a daily basis to prevent mats from forming.

As you can see in the photos, the dog has long hair around the face, this really does need to be clipped short or tied back to allow the dog to see clearly.

Ideal Owner

The perfect match for the Havanese would be a gentle caring owner that will enjoy grooming and playing with this sensitive and rather active little dog.

More Photos

Havanese with white fur Havanese with black and white fur

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