“He will dance for me, talk to me, be my most enthusiastic traveling companion with the most exemplary of manners. What more can I say? He is a Havanese!” – Dorothy Goodale
Popular theory states that the Havanese came to Cuba with the Spaniards who were exploring the Caribbean. They developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana or “little white dog of Havana”. The Blanquito in turn descended from the Bichon Tenerife, itself now extinct.
Also known as the Bichon Havanais, this cuddly little dog is related to the Bichon Frise and the Maltese.
Bred to be companions and pets, the Havanese soon found favour with wealthy Cubans and is now the national dog of Cuba.
Photos displayed courtesy of Heather Warnock, Los Campanero, Saskatchewan
Males stand up to 11 1/2 inches high at the shoulder. They have large dark brown eyes and long, soft, wavy coats that comes in a great variety of colours including cream, white, blue, champagne, gold, sable, black, and chocolate, or any combination of these.
Surprisingly, he doesn’t shed, a boon for the allergy prone, but he does need regular brushing to keep his abundant coat tangle-free.
This sweet little dog is agile, affectionate and very sociable. A happy, friendly, and outgoing creature, his temperament is ideally suited to be a pet.
The Havanese loves human companionship and has the energy and playfulness to keep up with active children. Because of his people-loving nature, this breed will not be happy if it spends a lot of time alone.
For a small dog, he is very muscular and possesses great stamina. These qualities combined with his love of people and desire to please make him an excellent candidate for training in obedience, as a therapy or assistance dog, tracking, performance, and even mold detection!