Havanese are described as a member of the bichon family
and as originating in the Mediterranean area. Bred primarily as a pet,
the Havanese's personality and attractive appearance has contributed to it's
appeal. They have personality plus with temperaments described as happy, outgoing and
quite trainable, and as a pleasant, affectionate companions. The
breed is a sturdy, short-legged, small dog with a lively, springy gait . The Havanese is well suited to urban or suburban living as his exercise
requirements are easily met. Being a toy breed, the Havanese ranges from 8.5
- 11.5 in. in height and is a featherweight at 7-13 lb's. The coat is
non-shedding and is long, soft and wispy with curls or tufts at the ends.
The breed comes in a virtual rainbow of hues, white, cream, champagne, gold,
blue, black silver, chocolate, or any combination of these colors. In
regards to grooming, regular brushing is needed to keep the soft coat from
matting. To see a gallery of different coats and colors please see
Colors of the Rainbow on
Havanese ABC's website.