Havanese

Toy Group

Havanese dog standing in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

8.5-11.5 in

Weight

7-13 lbs

Life Expectancy

14-16 yrs

History

The Havanese originated in Havana, Cuba about 300 years ago. They were originally only owned by the aristocrats and wealthy planters of Cuba, as owning a companion dog that wasn't built for work was a luxury. How the ancestors of the Havanese got to Cuba is debated, with some claiming they were brought over by Italian sea captains and others by Spaniards that colonized the New World in the 1600's.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Havanese will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆

★★★★☆

★☆☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Friendly, affectionate, funny, and mischievous

Very adapatble and are fairly quiet, making them a good fit for apartments

Like to be up high and will climb up onto couch arms, tables, etc.

Known to be destructive or develop separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time

Paper is one of their favorite toys, especially toilet paper- this can be very entertaining but also very messy