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The Havanese is a charming and cheerful small dog breed, originating from Havana, Cuba. Known for their playful, affectionate and loving nature, Havanese make excellent family pets and are suitable for all types of households. They are highly adaptable, intelligent and enjoy spending time with their human family.


The Havanese is considered to be one of the oldest breeds of the Bichon family. They were originally bred as lapdogs for Cuban aristocracy and were highly prized for their companionship and beauty. The breed's popularity declined during the Cuban Revolution and it was only through the efforts of a few dedicated breeders that the Havanese was saved from extinction. Today, the Havanese is a popular breed, recognized by the AKC and loved by families around the world.

Physical Characteristics

The Havanese is a small breed, typically weighing between 7 and 13 pounds. They have a compact and muscular body, with short legs and a long, silky coat. Coat colors can range from black, cream, chocolate, and many other colors, and their coat is hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for people with allergies. Havanese have expressive eyes and a cheerful expression, which adds to their overall appeal.

Personality and Training

The Havanese is a highly intelligent and social breed, known for their friendly and loving nature. They are quick learners and are easily trained to do various tricks. Havanese are also good with children and get along well with other pets, making them a great addition to any household. They enjoy spending time with their human family and are known to follow their owners everywhere. Training should be positive and consistent, and early socialization is important to prevent any shyness or fearfulness.

Health and Care

The Havanese is generally a healthy breed, with a lifespan of 14-16 years. Regular grooming is necessary to keep their long, silky coat in good condition, and their small size makes them easy to care for. They are low-shedders, which makes them a good choice for people with allergies. As with all breeds, regular vet check-ups and vaccinations are important to maintain good health.


The Havanese is an excellent choice for families looking for a small, friendly, and affectionate pet. They are adaptable and highly social, making them suitable for all types of households. With proper training, care, and socialization, Havanese can be wonderful and loving companions.

Life With A New Puppy

A Havanese puppy can bring a lifetime of love and joy to your home. If you are interested in getting a Havanese puppy, check out our Available Pups page to see if we have any Havaneses currently available. We get new puppies every Friday. Contact us here if you would like to set up an appointment to meet a dog.

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