meet theHavanese


Training &Temperament

Basic obedience training will teach skills you will use on a daily basis. The time you spend in training, especially during the first year of your pet’s life, will be repaid by giving you a well-behaved companion that is bonded to you and your family for the rest of his life. Today Havanese are seen in many areas of dog activities and competitions that are sanctioned by the AKC. Havanese excel in all levels of competition in Obedience, Rally, Agility and Tracking as well as Conformation, and owners are enjoying the challenge. The Havanese are happy little athletes and loyal family companions. As therapy dogs Havanese bring smiles to faces in hospitals, nursing homes and libraries around the country. The Havanese is trainable and intelligent and possesses a naturally affectionate temperament, which making the breed an ideal family pet. Although a toy dog, they remain energetic and require some form of daily exercise.

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Did You Know?

The Havanese is AKC's 142nd breed.

The Havanese is the National Dog of Cuba and the country's only native breed (Havana = Havanese).

The Havanese was once called the Havana Silk Dog or the Spanish Silk Poodle.

The coat of the Havanese is deceptively warm-looking; in reality, it is an insulation and barrier from the sun and overheating.

Despite its being a new breed to the AKC, the Havanese is an old breed, descending from breeds brought over from Spain to Cuba.

The Havanese descends from the same ancestor as the entire Bichon family, the Tenerife.

By the mid-eighteenth century, the Havanese was so popular that it was owned by such celebrities as Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens. It became known as the dog of the aristocratic class of sugar barons of Cuba.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Black & Silver 016
Black & Tan 018
Black Brindle 279
Chocolate 071
Cream 076
Fawn 082
Gold 091
Gold Brindle 485
Gold Sable 486
Red 140
Red Brindle 148
Red Sable 155
Silver 176
Silver Brindle 303
White 199
Black & Silver Brindle 488
Black & Tan Brindle 487
Blue 037
Blue Brindle 056
Chocolate Brindle 342
Chocolate Sable 350
Fawn Brindle 088
Fawn Sable 338
Silver Sable 286


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Cream Markings 044
Irish Pied 075
Parti Belton 136
Parti-Color 038
Silver Markings 034
Silver Points 135
Tan Points 029
White Markings 014