The Havanese is a small dog with a silky coat and dark expressive eyes. The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba and belongs to the toy group.

Havanese breed group


Size of the Havanese


Country of origin


The Havanese through history

The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba, where they were owned as companion dogs by wealthy colonists.

Havanese temperament

The Havanese is an alert, friendly dog that tends to form a close bond with family members. It rarely shows signs of aggression with humans or other dogs. It is normally good with children and can kive happily with cats if socialised well from an early age. Care should be taken around other smaller pets.

Colour varieties of the Havanese

The breed comes in a wide variety of colours which include:

  • Black
  • Black & Tan
  • Black & White
  • Brown Sable & White
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate & White
  • Cream
  • Cream & Tan
  • Cream & White
  • Cream Sable
  • Gold
  • Gold & Cream
  • Gold & White
  • Gold Sable
  • Gold Sable & White
  • Particolour
  • Red
  • Red & Cream
  • Red & White
  • Sable
  • Sable & White
  • Tan & White
  • Tricolour
  • White

Size and weight of the Havanese

Height bitch 23-27cms

Height dog 23-27cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 4.5-7kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 4.5-7kgs

Exercise requirements of the Havanese

The Havanese requires around just 30 minutes of exercise every day, making it an ideal choice of dog for the older or not-so-active owner.

Is the Havanese a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, the Havanese is intelligent and easy to train, so a suitable choice for novice owners. Its small size makes it a practical choice for city dwellers and owners who live in apartments or have limited space.

Havanese coat length

Long. The Havanese has a soft double coat.

Grooming requirements of the Havanese

High. The coat of the Havanese can grow very long, and requires daily combing or brushing with a soft slicker brush to keep it matt and tangle free. The Havanese may require specialist professional grooming to keep it in good condition.

Ears should be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections and foreign bodies such as ticks.


Yes. The Havanese does not shed fur, therefore may be suitable for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Havanese

The Havanese is a fairly healthy breed, but owners should check with their breeders about the following known health issues in the breed:down should be discouraged.

  • Luxating patellas
  • Glaucoma
  • Liver disease
  • Heart disease

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Havanese

A healthy Havanese should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of around 14-16 years.

Approximate Havanese pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay around £600- £1,000 for a puppy, and litters are frequently available. There are generally 1-9 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much an Havanese would need to be fed each day

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will require around 123gms of complete dry food daily.

A dog or bitch weighing 5kgs will cost around £3 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment