Havanese are small sturdy dogs, slightly longer than tall. They have a double coat, i.e. an outer coat of long silky hair which is generally wavy to straight with a soft undercoat. The coat should be abundant though light in texture.
The coat comes in many colours, ranging from white, all shades of cream, gold, sables, tobacco brown, silver, to black and any combination of these colours, giving parti-colours and tricolours. The coat is untrimmed for showing except for the hair on the feet which should be neatened. A completely natural look is what is required.
Havanese have almond shaped eyes and a gentle and intelligent expression. Their legs are relatively short but not so short as to make the dog too close to the ground. They move in a jaunty fashion with a unique springy step, are very agile, and carry their plumed tails over their backs when on the move.
CHARACTER – happy with a zest for life, they adore their family, bonding closely with them. This is the main reason why Havanese are not suitable as kennel dogs. Their greatest desire is to live at home as part of the family. They will become sad & introverted if left alone regularly or repeatedly for the greater part of the day & so are not suitable for people who work full time. Havanese need companionship to thrive.
They are very good with children, especially older children who can appreciate their small size & play with them appropriately. They love their toys & can be very entertaining involving their humans in games of their own devising.
Intelligent ? YES!! Havanese mix well with other breeds. They enjoy obedience training & mini agility or indeed any pastime in which they can participate & be with their owner. They want to please while still maintaining their own individual character. They are easy to house train as they are very clean by nature. They don’t mind water & indeed have been known to swim! They will give warning but are not “yappy”.
RESPONSIBILITY as an HAVANESE OWNER – a little warning! The adorable nature of the HAVANESE with it’s appealing face, mannerisms & personality can within a very short time lead to it being spoiled. It is tempting to carry them about constantly, to baby them-DON’T. Allow them to run, play, have a daily walk, be a dog. Even if most of the time, they don’t think they are !
Havanese are still a relatively rare breed in the UK, so you may have to wait until a puppy is available. For further information please visit our puppy pages.
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