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Havanese: intelligent, trainable, energetic

The adorable long-haired breed known as the Havanese Dog Breed has won over many hearts with his many lovable features. This includes his beautiful silky hair and attentive large brown eyes. The Havanese Dog, as the name indicates, was bred as a companion dog for members of the Cuban aristocracy in the 19th century. The Havanese dog breed, in general, is known to be super intelligent, very trainable and unexpectedly energetic. Both male and female adult Havanese dog stand between 8 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches tall, and weigh from 7 to 13 pounds.


This breed is known for its gentle and affectionate personality, and these pups love companionship. They adore their humans so much that you can expect them to follow you from room to room and possibly get anxious when left alone. This breed is also known for its intelligence and love of attention. You can count on your Havanese to entertain his people with his adorable antics, or simply sit snuggling with them.

The temperament of Havanese dogs is affected by socialization, heredity, and training. Havanese pups need early socialization (as do all dogs), which includes exposure to many different dogs, people, sights, sounds, and  of course experiences in general.

Havanese are considered to be generally healthy, but are prone to some specific health conditions. Some of the conditions you have to watch out for with your Havanese are listed below. If you’re adopting a Havanese dog or puppy, be sure to talk to your veterinarian about other health risks or issues that are specific to your individual pup.

  • Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia
  • Chondrodysplasia (a genetic disorder that gives dogs abnormally short limbs)
  • Legg-Perthes Disease (a deformity in the hip joint ball causing the bone to eventually die off, collapse, and become deformed resulting in arthritis)
  • Cataracts
  • Deafness
  • Patellar Luxation (a common problem in small dogs)
  • Portosystemic Shunt (abnormal blood flow causes blood from the digestive tract to  bypass the liver and continue to the systemic venous circulation, meaning that toxins that would have been removed by the liver are circulated through the body, which causes other diseases)
  • Heart Murmur
  • Mitral Valve Insufficiency

Havanese need a lengthy walk or some active play time each day as they have lots of energy. If they are not exercised they could develop behavioral problems from boredom and could also become obese. They do well in different styles of homes including apartments, townhomes, and large houses with yards; they are however indoor dogs and are not suited for being left on their own outside.

While these pups are so absolutely adorable that you’ll want to shower them in affection, it is important, like with all breeds, that your pup learns good canine manners. This means you shouldn’t allow your dog to become overly possessive of you, you shouldn’t spoil your pup, and you should always immediately correct bad doggy behavior. It is important that you never make excuses for aggression, possessiveness, and poor behavior.  

These are wonderful companions who have a ton to offer their people. You can be sure that they will give you a whole lot of love and loyalty. If you want to know more about the Havanese breed, check out this clip of Animal Planet’s Dogs 101 episode.

Tailored Pet Services provides exercise and TLC to all breeds of pups, so contact us if you need us to visit your fur baby for potty breaks or walks.