The Havanese is a bright, friendly, and charming breed of dog. It originates from Cuba and is the only native dog breed of Cuba. The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba and is also known as the Bichon Habanero.
Havanese live for 11 - 14 years and weigh between 7 - 13 pounds. They are characterized by their soft and dense coat, with a wide variety of colorings and markings.
Havanese make great family pets; they are very affectionate and gentle and especially good with children. They tend to bark, but this can be trained.
Havanese are very intelligent and can quickly learn new tricks. They love to learn, thrive on regular exercise, and can also participate in canine sports such as agility and obedience.
Havanese requires regular brushing and grooming, including a haircut or trim every 6 - 8 weeks. They adapt to all climates but prefer to be supervised for a short time.
Havanese can learn complex commands and make good watchdogs due to their alertness. They are also very eager to please their owners and like to have a purpose in life.
Havanese need mental stimulation, as they can become quickly bored. Providing them with activities and toys is necessary to keep them happy.
Havanese do not like loud noises and may become anxious or fearful in situations with too much noise. They require patience and reward-based training to build their confidence.
Havanese can be territorial and bark or growl when strangers enter the home. This breed likes to be the center of attention and can become jealous of other animals.
Havanese puppies require extra care and attention, as they can easily succumb to illness and disease. Early socialization is important to prevent any fear or aggression.
Havanese are generally healthy and can live long and healthy lives if given a nutritious diet. They require some veterinary care, such as vaccinations and annual check-ups.