Havana Silk Dog

This cute little plush has become a rare commodity. Having totally disappeared from Havana, the breed has a few breedings in Europe but especially in the Nordic countries. Even if he is more known among Americans, he is not really fashionable there either. He is a pretty little dog with beautiful qualities whose popularity never came back after disappearing from Cuba. He is nevertheless an excellent subject making him an outstanding life companion.

Height 23 to 27 cm
Weight 4 to 6 kg
Life expectancy 13 to 15 years
Hair Loss Low
Excercise Need Medium
Home country Cuba

Quick Overview of the Havanese


  • Intelligent and lively
  • Active and vigilant
  • Affectionate, gentle and kind
  • Excellent companion dog


  • Graceful and vigorous
  • Sharp and flexible gait
  • Low on legs and very hairy
  • Feeling of fluffy plush


  • Very robust
  • Rarely ill
  • Usually healthy
  • Long life expectancy

Temperament of the Havanese

Intelligent, lively, active, vigilant, affectionate, gentle and kind, the Havanese is an excellent companion dog. He loves his masters and contact with children. He shares all their games and asks for more without ever getting tired of them. He hates loneliness and loves to be in the presence of his family at all times.

He is a good alarm dog that reacts to the slightest noise and reports it with thunderous barks. He is not aggressive but on the lookout.

He needs to be educated very early to control his slight tendency to become temperamental.

Bichon havanais

Breed Appearance

bichon havanese

This very graceful and vigorous little dog has a lively and flexible gait. Low on legs and very hairy, the Havanese looks like a nice doggie. His small size give him a nice fluffy disheveled appearance.


Between 23 and 27 cm (9.06 to 10.63 inches) for the male
Between 23 and 27 cm (9.06 to 10.63 inches) for the female


Between 4 and 6 kg (8.82 to 13.23 pounds) for the male
Between 4 and 6 kg (8.82 to 13.23 pounds) for the female


His coat is generally light to dark beige, tan brown, grey and white, reddish brown, tawny and sometimes white but rarely pure.


His coat is soft and flat, with pretty, slightly curly strands of hair, especially at the tips.


His head is broad and very slightly domed and has a moderate marked stop. His large almond-shaped eyes are dark brown. His ears, drooping along the cheeks, form a slight fold. His nose is brown or black. His tail is carried raised and either curled over the back or cross-shaped.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 9, section 1 and is #250

Characteristics of the Havanese

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Havanese puppy: between and
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Havanese:
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

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Tips About this breed

This little apartment dog is a real indoor dog. Despite his beautiful coat, he hardly loses any hair, so he is very clean even though he is more often indoors than outdoors.

Essentially a companion dog, he is naturally gentle and kind, but must be given a good firm education to prevent him from becoming too capricious.

He loves all the members of the household and has to live close to his family to be happy. This small dog lives only to be near his masters and play with them. He cannot live alone away from everyone. He hates any form of solitude.

Health of the Havanese

Despite his small size, the Havanese is very robust. He only fears humidity and cold. For the rest, he is rarely sick and enjoys excellent health and a very appreciable life expectancy.


His particular fleece requires a good daily brushing to avoid getting knots in his slightly curly hair. It is also recommended to bathe him every two or three months to ensure a beautiful coat. It is also preferable to clean his eyes regularly to prevent brown streaks from accumulating.

History of this breed

Several assumptions circulate on the origin of the Havanese. Some claim that he is descended from the Bolognese having been crossed with Poodles and that he is originally from Cuba, hence his name Havanese. Others claim that he comes directly from Europe and that he was later exported to Havana by Italian sailors.

An Italian Bichon could have been  involved, either the Maltese or Bolognese crossed with a Miniature Poodle. Several versions exist on his origins but none have ever really been officialized until now.

Wherever he comes from, the breed has developed along the Italian and Spanish coastline. A few specimens remain today in Europe and in the United States, but he seems to have completely disappeared from Havana, which is said to be for some, his country of origin.

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