The Havanese dog was originally bred to be a companion dog for the Cuban aristocracy in the 19th century. He is also known as the “Velcro dog” because he literally likes to stick very close to his owner’s side. The average height of a Havanese is 8 inches to 11 inches weighing about 7 to 13 pounds. They have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years.
Originally bred as a companion dog for the aristocracy the Havanese has all the features that any loving companion dog should have. He is very intelligent, affectionate, loyal, gentle, easy to train and the list can go on and on. The Havanese loves all the energy demanding activities like fly-ball, Frisbee, running, swimming and many others. If he is left alone more than a few hours a day he can become a bit anxious and might become very loud and destructive. The Havanese is a great watchdog because he is very reserved with strangers and will always let you know when a stranger is approaching your property. He is known to behave well when children are around but very small children should always be well supervised when they encounter any type of dog breed because they might have the tendency to tease and no dog will accept that. Obedience training and early socialization are very important in this case and can make a big difference. Overall the Havanese might be the right choice for you if you want a perfect companion.
Havanese is a very intelligent dog breed. They can learn new commands very quickly which makes them quite easy to train. Usually they enjoy any type of activity so training will not be a problem for them. In fact it can be something that they will really enjoy.
Shedding should not concern you at all if you plan to buy this type of dog breed. In fact you will never find a hair in your house because the Havanese is not a type of dog breed that sheds hair.
The Havanese, like many other dog breeds, need daily exercise. Don’t worry, those needs can be met quite easy with simple walks or playing some fun games. His coat needs to be shaped two or three months and proper brushing should be done every now and then.
The Havanese was originally bred in the 1800s in Cuba as a companion dog for the aristocracy. This dog breed was developed from small companion dogs that were brought in Cuba by settlers that started arriving there when Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain in 1492.