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  • Breed: Havanese
  • Group: Toy
  • Height: 8-11"
  • Weight: 7-13 lbs
  • HypoAllergenic: Yes
  • Coat: Wavy, Double Coat, Silky
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Our Havanese puppies for sale are a delightful, beautiful, small companion that will bring laughter, joy, and friendship to your home.  They are devoted and happy Toy dogs that thrive on attention and companionship.  Browse our Havanese puppies for sale, and bring home your new best friend for life!

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overview of the Havanese Dog Breed

Are you looking for a small dog that loves human companionship, is smart and trainable, has a soft and gorgeous coat, and loves to have fun with a silly side?

If this describes your perfect dog, then browse our Havanese puppies for sale below!

As a Toy breed, Havanese puppies are small and do well in smaller apartments and homes. They thrive on human companionship and attention, and their soft, silky coats are absolutely stunning.

Don’t wait – purchase your Havanese puppy today and welcome your new best friend to your home! You can also check out our wide selection of available breeds if the Havanese doesn’t turn out to be the perfect pup.

Havanese temperament

Companionship:  The Havanese breed has been called the “velcro dog” because it loves being with humans.  They are quick to cuddle and love being a friend to their owners and family.

Thrive on human attention:  Whether you are inside or outside, the Havanese puppy does not want to be ignored.  They do not like being neglected or feeling left out of family activities.

Curious: Havanese have a curious and inquisitive nature. They enjoy exploring their surroundings and may investigate new scents and objects.

Alert Watchdogs: While not usually aggressive, Havanese are alert and can be effective watchdogs. They will often bark to alert you of any unfamiliar sounds or visitors.

Smart & trainable:  Havanese puppies are easy to train with their intelligence.  They also have a high desire to please their owners which helps with training.

Clown and playful:  The Havanese breed is known for their playful behavior, funny antics, and overall clown personality.  They love to make their owners laugh, and they are usually successful with their silly side!

Housedog:  Havanese dogs like being outside as long as they are with their owners or another human.  However, they do not well if they are kept outside for long periods of time by themselves.

It’s important to note that while these traits are generally characteristic of Havanese, individual dogs can vary in personality due to genetics, upbringing, and socialization. Proper training, socialization, and a loving environment are essential for helping Havanese develop into well-mannered and happy companions.

Havanese Breed history

The Havanese name comes from the capital of Cuba – Havana.

The exact ancestry is unknown, but it is assumed that many other Toy breeds have an impact on the Havanese line, including the Bichon Frise, Maltese, and several Toy Poodle lines.

The earliest Havanese ancestors were brought to Cuba by the Spanish in the 1600s and 1700s.  As the breed developed in Cuba, it began being associated with the wealthy and powerful of the island.

In the early 1900s, the breed was now well known, but a shift came in 1959 when Fidel Castro took over Cuba.  Many Cubans left the country and went to the United States, and several brought their small Havanese dogs with them.
In the 1970s, an American couple was able to track down several of these Havanese dogs, and they worked to establish the breed and the Havanese Club of America in the United States.

And their hard work paid off!

The breed began gaining popularity in the United States and around the world, and in 1996 the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Havanese dog breed.

Havanese Average size

Havanese puppies are considered a Toy breed, and they are not large dogs.

Adult Havanese dogs are usually 8-11” tall at the shoulders and weigh about 7-13 pounds.

Average Havanese lifespan

The Havanese breed has a longer lifespan than many dog breeds.  It is not unusual for them to live 14-16 years or longer.

Havanese body features

One of the most distinctive features of the Havanese breed is its gorgeous coat. Their hair is usually a long, soft, silky coat that has a luxurious feel and appearance.

As a Toy breed, Havanese dogs also have a distinct small size.  They are also known for their larger, soft eyes and a curled-over tail.

grooming Your Havanese Puppy

With their long, silky coats, Havanese dogs should be groomed daily.  Not only does daily grooming remove loose hair, but it also removes dirt and helps prevent knotting and other hair issues.

If the hair gets too long, it should also be trimmed or clipped as necessary.  Some of this depends on the owner’s preference and how much your dog is shedding.

The Havanese dog is generally a clean dog, but it will need to be bathed occasionally.  Watch the coat for dirt, clumps, or other signs that your dog needs a bath.

Keeping Your Havanese Puppy Healthy

Havanese dogs are generally a healthy breed, but there are a few things their owners should know.

First, even though they are small, they have a lot of energy that needs to be burned off with activity and exercise.  Taking regular walks and other physical activity is necessary.

Havanese puppies are also known for eating their droppings.  They usually stop doing this as they grow older, but owners should make sure they immediately remove any stool or droppings.

Because of their larger eyes, they can also develop some eye problems.  The main thing to watch for is redness, irritation, or dust and debris in the eyes.
Like all dog breeds, Pugs are susceptible to hip and elbow dysplasia, two of the most common health issues among dogs.

Hip and elbow dysplasia occurs when the leg or hip becomes weakened, and it can result in arthritis or potential lameness if not addressed.

One of the best ways to prevent this is by keeping your dog from too much running on hard surfaces, especially when they are puppies.

Typical Havanese Allergens

Allergens are caused by dander, which is dead skin cells.  These skin cells are shed by any animal, including humans.

Because of their longer and silky hair, Havanese dogs are not the most allergen-friendly dog. However, their allergens will be lower if they are brushed regularly and kept clean.

If you have someone in your home with animal allergy concerns, it is good to consult your family physician.

  • 1. Do Havanese do well with kids?
    Yes, Havanese dogs make good family dogs that get along well with kids and other pets. Just remember to teach your children to play gently with your Havanese as they are small and fragile, especially as puppies.
  • 2. What is “small dog syndrome” and do Havanese suffer from it?
    Small dogs often get away with a lot because they are little and cute. As a result, toy breeds can suffer from “small dog syndrome,” that is, an attitude of entitlement and the idea the dog can do whatever he wants. As a toy breed, the Havanese can absolutely suffer from this attitude. To prevent it, do not spoil your Havanese! Remember that no matter how small and cute he is, he still needs to mind his manners. He needs good training just like a larger dog.
  • 3. Can you clip a Havanese?
    Yes, if you want to cut down on your dog’s grooming needs you can absolutely clip a Havanese. However, if you want to show your Havanese you will need to let his coat grow long. An upside of letting your pet’s coat grow is that in warmer climates it will help keep him cool.
  • 4. Are Havanese high energy?
    Havanese are not fly-off-the-handle energetic. But they do have a surprising amount of energy for such a small dog and they will need daily exercise.
  • 5. Are Havanese yappy?
    Your Havanese will let you know if something is out of the ordinary, but they aren’t quite like a Chihuahua or a Pomeranian, which will bark at everything they see. They are only moderate barkers.
  • 6. Are Havanese easy to housetrain?
    Unfortunately, the Havanese can be challenging to housetrain, like multiple other small dog breeds. However, if you stick with it and give things time and patience you should be able to get it done.
  • 7. Are Havanese clingy?
    The Havanese is a companion dog and loves to be with people. These dogs bond quickly and closely with their owners and may follow you around just to be near you. It’s sweet, but the downside of this is that they can be pretty clingy and are prone to separation anxiety.
  • 8. Is a Havanese a good first dog?
    Yes, the Havanese could make an excellent first dog!
  • 9. Are Havanese friendly with strangers and other pets?
    Havanese dogs are pretty easygoing and generally get along well with everyone. They tend to be friendly with kids, dogs, strangers, and other pets.
  • 10. Do Havanese shed a lot?
    The Havanese is known as a non-shedder. However, they are not considered hypoallergenic. Their long coats do not shed but can aggravate allergies just the same.

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