AKC PuppyFinder: Havanese Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Outgoing, funny, intelligent
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Curious, sociable dogs, Havanese enjoy a good romp but have no special exercise needs
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 8.5-11.5 inches
  • Weight: 7-13 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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The nickname "Havana Silk Dog" perfectly fits the Havanese, with his gorgeous long and silky coat. This small breed, the National Dog of Cuba, is not only friendly and outgoing, but he's a loyal watchdog for his family. Your Havanese puppy is smart and easily trained. He'll enjoy a romp with the kids and lots of human attention. That cute bundle of fluff will grow up to be an adorable and affectionate companion. As an added plus, Havanese are non-shedding, which makes them a good choice for allergy sufferers.

History & Job
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Origin: Cuba

Year Recognized: 1996

Breed History & Job Description: Havanese were brought to Cuba by European traders in the 1600s and became pampered pets of Havana’s aristocrats and wealthy merchants. Havanese lost their favored place in Cuban society in 1959, when communists overthrew the government. Refugees to America brought the dogs with them and, with help from American dog lovers, the exiled Cubans kept their national breed from going extinct. Since coming into the AKC in 1996, the breed’s popularity has soared with Americans looking for an adorable, long-lived companion.

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Havanese are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip dysplasia, eye disease, patellar luxation and congenital deafness. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Havanese are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • BAER Testing
  • Patella Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Havanese Club of America
  • Breed Club Link: https://www.havanese.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Toy
  • 2016 Popularity: 23
  • Breed Referral Contact: Susan Siver - 248-328-1215
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