Havanese Dog Breed Profile


This adorable breed boasts the distinction of being the Cuban national dog breed.

Although the Havanese is new to the AKC and CKC, the breed has been in existence in its native Cuba for centuries as a treasured family pet, Bred to play with children in the courtyards of aristocratic Cubans. Through the years, the Havanese has been bred for companionship. Its gorgeous good looks and endearing personality make the breed a wonderful house pet. The Havanese is a VERY social animal that treats all with a friendly welcome.

A hypoallergenic Toy breed, the Havanese ranges in height from 8 to 12 inches and weighs from 7 to 16 pounds. He has large, dark and appealing eyes. The non-shedding coat is long, soft, straight to wavy, and like human hair, is odorless when wet. The breed comes in a rainbow of colors, from white to shades of cream, champagne, gold, black, blue, silver, chocolate or any combination of these. The plumed tail is carried over the back.

Because the Gene pool of this rare breed is small, be sure to view pedigrees to make sure the dog is bred well.

This breed is truly, the trendiest, friendliest and popular companion breed of our era.

The CKC has an information sheet on the “Breed Standard” that can be seen at: