15 Friendly Facts About Havanese Dogs

This cute dog doesn’t like to be alone and is considered to be one of the best family pets around!

In this post, you’ll discover the ultimate list of facts about Havanese dogs, some of the friendliest dogs in the world!

1. They were developed from an extinct dog species

Havanese dogs are cute little dogs that were developed from a dog that is now extinct called the “Blanquito de la Habana.” This dog in turn also developed from an extinct dog named the “Bichón Tenerife.”

This means that these dogs originate from both Cuba and Tenerife.

This dog was cross-bred with various types of bichon dogs, including poodles, to develop one of the cutest and friendliest toy dogs in the world, the Havanese dog!

Havanese dog breeding
Havanese dogs and offspring / Cartman0052007 / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en

2. They have multiple other names as well

These dogs are also sometimes referred to with the same alternative name of their predecessor, the Blanquito de la Habana, which was referred to as the “Havana Silk Dog.”

They do have a wide variety of other names, so all of these can refer to the Havanese dog:

  • Havanese Cuban Bichon
  • Bichón Havanés
  • Havaneser
  • Havanezer
  • Bichon Habanero

3. They are very active and curious

One of the most remarkable characteristics of this dog breed is that these are some of the most active and most curious creatures on the planet.

They love to play around and discover new things together with their owner whom they follow around everywhere they can. Because of this, they are often referred to as “velcro dogs” as they literally follow their owner whenever he or she makes a move, literally sticking to them!

Havanese dog facts

4. Havanese dogs are some of the most social dogs in the world

If you get a Havanese dog as a pet, make sure you don’t mind having a tail behind you constantly!

A velcro dog suffers from a condition referred to as “separation anxiety,” which means they instantly fear that they will be left behind whenever you move around the house.

On the plus side, this also means these dogs make some of the best companions in the world as well. The attachment to their owner makes them very cuddly and extremely loyal as well.

5. It’s best not to leave a Havanese dog alone for too long

Their separation anxiety can take extreme forms. One of the most important facts about Havanese dogs is that they are totally unsuited to stay home alone for multiple hours every day.

This means you better not get this particular type of dog if you can’t spend just about every hour of the day with them or they will end up pretty sad.

Havanese dog cute

6. How big are Havanese Dogs?

As these dogs are being referred to as “toy dogs,” it means they are relatively small.

Adult Havanese dogs can grow anywhere between 8.5 and 11.5 inches (22 and 29 centimeters) with the average being between 9 and 10.5 inches (23 and 27 centimeters).

This also means they are pretty light with a weight of anywhere between 10 and 16 lbs (4.5 and 7.3 kilos).

The benefit of being such a small dog is that they don’t need a lot of space, even though they are extremely active. If they can run around the house, that will generally do!

7. They have a particular type of walk

One of the most remarkable facts about Havanese dogs is that they are easily recognized by their gait which is referred to as being “springy.”

This particular type of walk is caused by the fact that they have strong back legs and relatively short upper arms. This results in Havanese dogs basically bouncing around instead of just walking!

Havanese dog Gait

8. Havanese dogs come in a wide variety of colors

It was originally thought that all Havanese dogs came in white, but it’s now universally accepted that they can come in a wide variety of colors, including black, white, brown, beige, and a combination of these colors as well.

The colored dogs can easily be recognized because they have a black nose and a black pigment below their eyes. Only brown dogs might have a dark brown pigment around their noses instead.

9. They have long and soft hair

The amazing coat of these dogs is long, slightly wavy, and extremely silky, a characteristic they clearly inherited from their predecessors which were referred to as “Havana Silk Dogs.

If you touch the coat of this dog, it literally feels like unrefined silk, it’s that soft!

Havanese dog long hair
The dog’s long silky hair / Audrey Sel / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0

10. It’s the perfect type of dog to have a corded coat

One of the most intriguing facts about Havanese dogs is that their coat is perfectly suited to be corded, even though it might be difficult to accomplish for the first time.

This means that it’s possible to turn their long, silky hair into cords of hair. This looks similar to how humans turn their long hair into dreadlocks!

11. Don’t do this to Havanese dogs in the winter!

So why do these dogs have such long and silky hair anyways?

The original habitat of Havanese dogs is a tropical climate (Cuba and Tenerife) so their hair pretty much acts as a sunshade and cooling feature when it gets too hot!

Whatever you do, make sure not to shave their hair in the winter or these dogs will be extremely cold!

fun and amazing facts about Havanese dogs

12. How long do Havanese dogs live?

Compared to other cross-breed dogs, Havanese dogs are relatively healthy animals. This means that if they are taken care of, they can live quite long as well!

Their average lifespan is anywhere between 14 and 16 years.

13. Can Havanese dogs easily be trained?

One of the most fascinating facts about Havanese dogs is that they are extremely suited to be trained. This means that they can be used to serve as therapy dogs, assistance dogs, and even signal dogs for the hearing impaired.

They are also great entertainers and are definitely suited to participate in a variety of competitions, ranging from dog agility, flyball, musical canine freestyle, obedience training, and several dog sports!

Havanese dog walking
The cute dog / Petra Behr / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0

14. Their original population in the USA was 11

The original dog of this bichon family was native to Tenerife, an island in Spain. Some historians even claim that all bichon dogs originate from here, even though some also dispute this.

From Tenerife, they traveled to Cuba by boat and quickly spread all across the island. After all, Cubans were fond of these friendly and loyal dogs.

During the Cuban Revolution, some rich Cubans managed to flee to the United States but just a few were able to bring their cute little pet with them.

In the 1970s, the total population of the Havanese dog was just 11!

One of the most interesting facts about Havanese dogs is that it’s now considered to be one of the top 25 most popular dog breeds in the United States, out of nearly 200 dog breeds listed, which is quite remarkable!

15. It’s the national dog of Cuba

It should come as no surprise that Havanese dogs are the national dog of Cuba. That’s mainly because it’s also the country’s only native breed of dog.

As opposed to for example the Labradoodle, these dogs are also a recognized dog breed. It took a while but the American Kennel Club (AKC) officially recognized this type of dog in the year 1996!

National dog of Cuba