The furry. Luxurious coat of the Havanese is most likely the breed’s most familiar characteristic of its appearance. The coat is unusual for a doublecoat because it is the same texture at both levels. Fur just about obstructs the facial features. Underneath the fur, the facial features are medium in size and dark. The Havanese has a small stature, but is no weakling The breed’s body is very strong and capable. The tail of the breed is set high and usually lies against the back.


A home without affection is a home that is not suitable for the Havanese. This breed absolutely lives for companionship. They tend to follow family members around the house and welcome guests at the front door. Children will appreciate its playful attitude and goofy antics. It is responsive to training and should receive it early. Training should not be too firm as this may cause it to become less social and timid. Despite its size, it is very courageous. It will bark when unwelcome guests arrive.

Height and Weight

The Havanese has an average height of 8-11 inches and an average weight of 7-13 pounds.

Health Problems

The Havanese very seldom is overcome with any serious health problems. However, some types may develop conditions, such as cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), and skin infections.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Havanese is a small breed and is suitable for small living conditions, such as apartments. The breed is active whether is lives indoors or outdoors. When indoors, it does not usually cause any problems.


Small breeds typically do not require a significant amount of exercise. The Havanese is the exception. The breed is a little dynamo that must obtain sufficient amounts of exercise on a daily basis. It has endurance, but the breed only needs short walks to suffice its need for exercise.

Life Expectancy

The Havanese has an average life expectancy of 14-15 years.

Litter Size

The Havanes typically has a litter of 4 puppies.


The coat of the Havanese may look unkempt, but it should be maintained on a regular basis. A professional groomer may be required to clip, wash, and provide general maintenance task of the breed’s coat. Its owners should check and clean the breed’s eyes and ears since its fur is so long in these areas and may trap bacteria. The breed does not shed, so only occasional brushing is required throughout the entire years.


The Havanese originated form Havana, Cuba some time during the 1700s.




Any color is acceptable for the Havanese. However, the breed is typically ivory, white, blue, or black.