Havanese Information



AKC Named the Havanese Breed As Best For Condo Dwellers Today as increasing numbers of apartments and condominiums bill themselves as “dog friendly”, it can be truly said that the Havanese breed is “landlord friendly”. The AKC (American Kennel Club) recently named the Havanese to its list of best breeds for apartment or condo dwellers. And while stalwart breeds like the French Bulldog, Pug, and Shih Tzu are certainly deserving of their place on the list, the unique traits of the Havanese make it the favorite of property managers everywhere for these reasons; Nondestructive: The Havanese is a toy breed bred for companionship. Havanese owners are not combating natural instincts to dig, chew, herd, or hunt prey. It was the dog owned by the ruling class in pre-revolution Cuba and is more than content with its genteel life. Size: The Havanese is a small breed weighing between 7 and 13 lbs. Quiet: Many of the toy breeds are considered “yappy” but not so the national dog of Cuba. The Havanese is also happily not prone to barking, and definitely not loud, continued, or nuisance barking. Non-shedding: The Havanese breed does not shed in the way other dog breeds do and thus does not leave a trail of fur in its wake. Clean: The Havanese is a fastidious breed that keeps itself and its home clean. Odorless: Even a wet Havanese does not smell. Try to say that about a sheepdog! Toilet trained: Many Havanese are trained to use self-contained indoor toilets, eliminating the outdoor dog waste issues that accompany other breeds. Owner demographics: AKC statistics show Havanese owners among the most highly educated of all dog breed owners. Though growing in numbers it is still considered a rare breed and as such comparatively expensive. Accordingly, Havanese owners are among the top per capita consumers of pet services and products among all the breeds. That also makes the Havanese owner a good neighbor that pays his rent or HOA dues on time. It’s clear to see why property managers, landlords, and HOA boards love their Havanese tenants.Your Pet Havanese

To keep your pet Havanese happy and make life easier for yourself as well,

 we advise you get your Hav. Trimmed for summer,

the coat can be kept at around 1 to 2 inches long

and if combed through each week it should stay tangle free unless 

 you have burrs or grass seeds etc. then these would need to be removed daily.

Havanese love to play fetch and go for walks,

they do not require long walks but love to be with the family,

 in bad weather a ride in the car with the family will keep them happy!



 Showing Our Havanese


We now show only Havanese, they are a wonderful breed to show and we are delighted

with the success our Havanese have had at the larger Victorian shows

(we have the largest entries of Havanese here in Victoria compared to other states in Australia). 

We do not go to every show every week, only usually the larger city shows and the occassional country show,

therefore showing is a pleasure not a "CHORE" for my dogs and myself.


Things to know about showing Havanese

Most Havanese enjoy shows however some are a little intimidated by the noise and activity.

Havanese do require a lot of brushing for the show ring, they do go through a coat "change" at around 9 months old,

they then require constant attention to the coat if you want to keep the notts at bay at this age,

this can continue for quite some months and is  quite a "challenge" if you are not used to a long coat.

There is quite a variety of coat types and textures within the breed with some requiring more constant

grooming and others that rarely nott.

Our  "Frankie" (American Champion Amor Walk Like A Man) thankfully has a very easy care coat that rarely notts,

some of our other Havanese have not been as easy.

 The Havanese should NEVER be shown TRIMMED on the body.

 A small amount of trimming is allowed on the feet and on the forehead ONLY.

 Havanese should  NEVER have Topnotts or Braids in the show ring in Australia.

Havanese may be shown with cords (curly strands) in Australia, most are shown "natural" with free flowing long coats.

You can read more about how Havanese should be judged by the standard that is written below, 

this Standard is the guide the Judges use to select the winning Havanese at the shows. 



To view a video about Havanese click on this link    animal.discovery.com/videos/dogs-101-havanese.html   
  it has a short commercial at the start but is worth a watch!


Last Updated: 5 Aug 2009


FCI Standard No 250 dated 5 May 1998
Effective in Australia from 1 January 2000


Group: Group 1 (Toys)
History: The breed comes from the Western Mediterranean region and has developed along the Spanish and Italian coastal region. It would seem that these dogs were imported early in Cuba by ocean navigating Italian captains. Erroneously, the most frequent brown colour of these dogs (tobacco) gave birth to the legend which would mean it to be a breed originating from Havana, capital of Cuba. The political events however have led to the total disappearance of the old blood lines of the Havanese in Cuba; apparently a few dogs would be successfully smuggled out from Cuba; their descendents have survived in the U.S.A.
General Appearance: The Havanese is a sturdy little dog, low on his legs, with long abundant hair, soft and preferably wavy. His movement is lively and elastic.

Important proportions: The length of the muzzle (tip of nose to stop) is equal to the distance between the stop and the occipital protuberance. The relation between the length of the body (measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock) and the height at the withers is of 4:3.
Temperament: Exceptionally bright he is easy to train as an alarm dog. Affectionate, of a happy nature, he is amiable, a charmer, playful and even a bit of a clown. He loves children and plays endlessly with them.
Head And Skull: Of medium length, the relation between the length of the head and that of the trunk (measured from the withers to the base of the tail) is of 3:7.
Skull: Flat to very slightly rounded, broad, forehead hardly rising; seen from above it is rounded at the back and almost straight and square on the other three sides.
Stop: Moderately marked.
Nose: Black or brown.
Muzzle: Narrowing progressively and slightly towards the nose but neither snipey nor truncated.
Lips: Fine, lean, tight.
Cheeks: Very flat, not prominent.
Eyes: Quite big, almond shaped, of brown colour as dark as possible. Kind expression. The eye rims must be dark brown to black.
Ears: Set relatively high; they fall along the cheeks forming a discreet fold which raises them slightly. Their extremity is in a lightly rounded point. They are covered with hair in long fringes. Neither propeller ears (sticking sideways), nor stuck to the cheeks.
Mouth: Scissor bite. A complete dentition is desirable. The absence of premolars 1 (PM1) and molars 3 (M3) is tolerated.
Neck: Of medium length.
Forequarters: Forelegs straight and parallel, lean; good bone structure. The distance from the ground to the elbow must not be greater than that between the elbow and the withers.
Body: The length of the body is slightly superior to that of the height at the withers.
Back: Topline straight, slightly arched over the loin.
Croup: Noticeably inclined.
Ribs: Well sprung.
Belly (abdomen): Well tucked up.
Hindquarters: Good bone structure; moderate angulations.
Feet: Of slightly elongated shape; small, tight toes.
Tail: Carried high, either in shape of a crozier or preferably rolled over the back. It is furnished with feathering of long silky hair.
Gait/Movement: According to his happy nature, the Havanese has a strikingly light-footed and elastic gait; forelegs with free stride and pointing straight forward, the hind legs giving them impulsion and moving in a straight line.
Coat: Undercoat woolly and not very well developed: it is often totally absent. The topcoat is very long (12-18 cm [4.5-7 ins] in an adult dog), soft, flat or wavy and may form curly strands. All grooming, the usage of scissors to even out the length of the coat and all trimming is forbidden. Exception: tidying up the hair on the feet is permitted, the hair on the forehead may be slightly shortened so that it does not cover the eyes and the hair on the muzzle may be slightly tidied up, but is preferable to leave it in natural length.
Colour: Rarely completely pure white, fawn in its different shades (slight blackened overlay permitted), black, havana-brown, tobacco colour, reddish brown. Patches in mentioned colours allowed. Tan markings in all nuances permitted.
Sizes: Height at withers: From 23 to 27 cms [9-10.5 ins]
Tolerance from 21 to 29 cms [8-11.5 ins]
Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in the exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

Important Faults:
- General appearance lacking in type.
- Truncated or snipey muzzle, length not identical to that of the skull.
- Bird of prey eyes (yellow); eyes too deep set or prominent; rims of eyelids partially depigmented.
- Body too long or too short.
- Straight tail, not carried high.
- French front (pasterns too close, feet turned outwards).
- Deformed hind feet.
- Coat harsh, not abundant; hair short except on puppies; groomed coat.

Disqualifying Faults:
- Aggressive or overly shy.
- Depigmented nose.
- Upper or lower prognathism (over or undershot).
- Ectropion, entropion; rim of eyelids of one or both eyes depigmented.
- Size over or under the indicated norms of the standard.

Any dog clearly showing physicals or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Notes: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.


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