Cheerful and high spirited small dog. Part of the Bichon dog family. A companion dog that loves people and loves to show off. Loves to learn and perform tricks. Intelligent and attentive and great with older children. Will follow their family around the house almost constantly. Good with first time owners.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium. Up to an hour daily walking, but does appreciate regular playtime and runs in the garden on top of this. Can adapt to apartment living if it gets out for a runabout 2-3 times a day.

Size: 8-11 inches

Weight: 7-13lbs

Colour: White, cream, champagne, black, silver, black and tan, blue, gold, chocolate, particolour and tri-coloured. They can have solid or broad markings of any of these colours

Town or Country: Both, but especially suited to town living

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Families with older or considerate children, singles or couples with limited living space and moderate time for exercise, and where there is someone around for much of the day.

Group: Toy

Originally From: Mediterranean

Original Purpose: Companion dog, especially popular originally with wealthy Cubans

Living Space: Low

Coat: Medium to long, soft and wavy

Grooming: High. Brush and comb every day. Minimum at least three times a week. Hair between footpads will need clipping. Trimming also possible if required.

Children: High. They love children but younger children are too rough and inconsiderate for this kind of toy breed. Older children 7-8 years and upwards would be fine. Havaneses love to be in the centre of fun and games.

Sociability with strangers: High

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High

Trainability: High. They love to learn. Training will keep them occupied and entertained.

Noise Level: Low to medium, as with other members of the Bichon family.

Known Health Issues: Low thyroid, allergies and skin conditions.

Lifespan: 13-15 years

Special Needs: Coat needed in cold weather. Strong attachment to humans – risk of separation anxiety.

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