Havanese Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Havanese is another member of the Bichon family, also known as the Bichon Habanero. This rare breed is an offshoot from the Bichon Tenerife who was taken to Cuba by Spanish colonists and became a favourite with the wealthy settlers.
However, with the arrival of communism many of the wealthy families left with their dogs and now the dog known in Cuba as the Bichon Habanero and regarded as the national dog is quite rare.
The Havanese is a sturdy little dog, lively and good with older children who show consideration for his small size and happy to participate in their games. He measures between 9 – 11″ and weighs up to 6kg.
Another name he has been given is the Havana Silk Dog which describes his coat which is soft, silky, profuse and wavy with a plumed tail curling over his back. It should not be trimmed and left quite natural though it is a coat that requires daily care to keep it looking tidy.
All colours are permissible with nose and lips solid black except in brown shades where brown is acceptable.
Rescue and Rehoming
Havanese Club of Great Britain Rescue
Paul and Tracy Clayton 01623 406362
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.