The Havanese is the National dog of Cuba and its only native breed. In the eighteenth century Havana was a favorite vacation spot for the aristocracy of Europe. There they were introduced to the Havanese and brought them back to find favor in the courts of Spain, France and England. By the mid-eighteenth century, they were very popular in Europe. Queen Victoria owned two and Charles Dickens owned one.
Havanese are part of the Bichon family of small breeds. Havanese are bred for companionship and love to be with people. They are especially good with children. They are not happy when left alone. They are very eager to please which makes them easy to train.
Havanese are NOT yippy, hyper, or snappy. They are very happy and playful little dogs that love everyone and never meet a stranger. They get very excited when company comes, just like a child when grandma comes to visit. They love company! The only time they bark is to let you know that someone is outside. They do NOT bark without a good reason.
Havanese do not shed or have a dog odor. They are hypoallergenic which makes them the ideal dog for those who suffer from allergies.
According to the Havanese breed standard, the Havanese height should range from 8 1/2″ to 11 1/2″. There is no difference between the disposition of the male and female Havanese.