The Havanese originates from the Western Mediterranean region and are thought to have been imported in Cuba by ocean by Italian captains.  Unfortunately political events in Cuba resulted in the total disappearance of the dogs in this area and the breed current are descended from dogs that were smuggled out of Cuba.


The Havanese is a sturdy little dog, slightly longer than he is tall with an abundance of silky soft hair with a slight wave and they come in every colour.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: A Havanese will need to see a groomer every 6 to 8 weeks for a trim and will need to be both brushed and bathed in between trims.
  • Coat Type: Thick but silky, soft and light and it doesn’t shed easily. The coat is long and ranges from straight to curly.
  • Moulting: They are a low shedding breed.
  • Exercise Needs: The Havanese requires moderate exercise, but mostly will need to be an integral part of your family.
  • Average Life Span: 12 – 15 years.


  • Family: As a small companion dog they do best when they are able to be involved with you and your life, they would suit a range of families from retirees to active young families.
  • Temperament: The Havanese is exceptionally bright, affectionate and most often described as charming.
  • Trainability: Havanese , being very intelligent dogs, are generally considered easy to train.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Havanese are generally social with other pets, but this of course comes down to socialisation of your pet.
  • Barking: Havanese are not known to bark significantly, however any barking can generally be managed with stimulating toys and entertainment.


Havanese, being highly trainable dogs, have done well at dog sports including agility and Rally Obedience.


Havanese suffer primarily from luxating patella, liver disease, heart disease, cataracts and retinal dysplasia. Havanese sometimes tear and may develop brown tear stains, especially noticeable on white or light coats.