Havanese – Dogster


Quick Facts

  • Weight: 7 – 14 pounds
  • Height: 8.5 – 10.5 inches

The Look of a Havanese

The Havanese has a small, sturdy frame—slightly longer than tall—covered in a long, silky coat. Its slightly rounded head has a short rectangular muzzle, square nose, black lips and high-set, hanging ears that are mostly covered in hair. Its dark eyes have a sweet but inquisitive expression. Its neck arches slightly, sloping down to a deep chest, straight back and a plumed tail that carries over the back. Its long, lightweight coat can come in almost any color. Overall, the Havanese has a distinguished but disheveled look.


  • Bold
  • Loving
  • Gentle
  • Pleasant
  • Curious
  • Social
  • Attentive

Ideal Human Companion

  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Families
  • City dwellers
A black Havanese dog.
A black Havanese dog. Photography ©GlobalP | Thinkstock.

What They Are Like to Live With

The Havanese may have originated as coddled companions of the wealthy, but over the centuries they have become sweet, endearing family pets. This friendly, affectionate and clever canine is a wonderful member of the household, forming strong family bonds and winning everyone’s heart. It is easygoing, adaptable and trainable.

If you’re looking for an excellent watchdog that also happens to be cuddly, the Havanese can really deliver. Alert and protective with a good sense of restraint, it will bark loudly to alert visitors but knows how to calm down when it realizes there’s no danger. Because it’s small and fairly quiet, the Havanese makes an excellent apartment dog.