The national dog of Cuba, the Havanese was probably imported to Cuba from the island of Tenerife, in the early 16th century. Originating from the Bichon breed, the Havanese was a favorite with the Cuban aristocrats. When the breed was near extinction, Mrs. Goodale took interest in their breeding and developed a new line in 1974, which was later recognized by UKC and AKC.
A small dog with a fluff of tresses all over its body, the Havanese has silky, wavy fur; a plumed tail that curls over its back; large, dark, almond-shaped eyes; broad nose; high set ears; and the luxurious coat comes in various colors.
any color, including gold, cream, white, silver, blue and black
Excellent companion dogs, the Havanese are very gentle dogs that love children and become deeply attached to their owners. This cheerful breed is easy to train, though needs gentle words as they can get upset if spoken harshly to. The Havanese can easily mingle with other canine and non-canine pets. It is curious by nature and loves to observe the goings-on, seated on a high chair. A good watch dog, it will warn you with short barks, though it is not a nuisance barker.
Cataracts, PRA, dry skin, poodle eyes, and luxating patellas are some of the health concerns in the Havanese.
CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, ANKC, NKC, APRI, ACR