Havanese breed information, pictures and more...

Bichon Havanais, Havana Silk Dog


AKC Toy Dogs, FCI Group IX.: Companion and Toy Dogs, TKC Toy
Dogs 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Bitches 8-11 inches (20-28 cm)
Dogs 8-13 pounds (4-6 kg)
Bitches 6-11 pounds (3-5 kg)
15-19 years
4 to 7

The Havanese gives a rugged impression of a little dog, it is sturdy, and while a small breed, it is neither fragile nor overdone. This breed is related to the Bichon Frise. It is a happy, outgoing small dog; its temperament and trainability have made it an excellent candidate for obedience training. The Havanese is a natural companion dog: gentle and responsive. This dog can be quite vocal, as it loves the sound of its own voice.


White, cream, champagne, black, black and tan, blue, gold, chocolate, and tri-colored.


Long, flat and soft, tufts towards extremities. For pets the coat can be clipped short for easier care; if the coat is to be kept long it needs to be thoroughly brushed and combed at least twice a week. Show dogs need a great deal more grooming. This breed is good for allergy sufferers. There is little to no shedding, so dead hair must be removed by brushing.

Health Issues:

This is a very healthy, long-lived breed, however, all long-lived breeds eventually have health problems; some are prone to PRA, cataracts, luxating patellas, poodle eye and dry skin. To minimize the risk of your Havanese developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Havanese puppy from a reputable Havanese breeder.

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