The Havanese

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Breed Overview


Size:   Small
Grooming:   Demanding
Exercise:     Average
Environment:   Indoor with outdoor time
Temperament:  Sociable, Affectionate
Life Expectancy:  14 years

Interesting fact: The Havanese, a Bichon breed, almost disappeared in the 1960s when Fidel Castro took over Cuba.  A U.S. breeder revitalized the breed with the dogs of Cuban immigrants.

Appearance: The Havanese is a sturdy little dog who is slightly longer than tall, with a plumed tail that arches over the back.  The coat is long, wavy and silky, appearing in many colors.  Dark almond-shaped eyes make for a soft, intelligent expression.   

Personality: The Havanese is a spirited and playful dog.  They are known to love children, and their sturdy frames make them well equipped for play.  Havanese tend to train easily as they are smart, alert and responsive.  They are social with other dogs, and usually do well with cats and other pets.  Havanese can be vocal and/or timid without proper training and socialization.  They are "velcro-dogs" who get very attached to their people and do not like to be left alone.  The affectionate Havanese needs to feel loved.

Common Health Problems: Generally a healthy, long-living breed, they can be prone to luxating patella, cherry eye, heart disease, or cataracts.

Best Match: These dogs prefer an active home with children and other pets.  Havanese also make great pets for seniors, as long as they receive lots of play time and daily walks.  Havanese also require daily brushing and regular grooming.  



Featured Adoptable: Meet Duffy, a 2-3-year-old Havanese from Pet Adoption Network (PAN) of Lebanon, Oregon.  Duffy is one of four males from a surrendering family and probably the friendliest once he gets past his initial distrust in meeting new people.  He has some hair loss on his rear end from flea allergies, but that will grow back and he'll be a beautiful, long-haired boy!  He has not been socialized, but is already taking treats from the hands of his caregivers at PAN.  A basic obedience course will help continue Duffy’s socialization.  Currently house-training will also be necessary as Duffy’s pack were only outside until now.  A fully-fenced yard is preferred, but each application will be considered.  After a brief recovery from kennel cough, Duffy will be ready for his forever home. To meet Duffy, contact