This site has been used as a reference for Havanese owners & breeders world-wide. It was created to benefit the Havanese breed and the people who love them! Thank you for visiting.
The Havanese breed is fast becoming America's top dog. This is no surprise considering that the Havanese is a small dog, yet large-boned and sturdy. The properly socialized Havanese puppy is a loyal dog, social and welcoming of visitors. The breed has a long coat that is odor-free and non-shedding. He is intelligent and easily trainable. The properly socialized Havanese puppy is friendly and emotionally balanced. He adores children whether they come into the family before or after his arrival. He is compatible with other dogs, big or small and most other species. He is playful but not hyperactive. The properly trained Havanese is watchful but not an excessive barker. He has a delightful and distinct personality that continues to bring much joy into the lives of families with children of all ages and empty-nesters alike.
What makes the Havanese a rare breed is their interesting history which stretches as far back as the 16th century! This delightful dog was brought to Cuba by the Spaniards and gifted to the families of wealthy businessmen, as a persuasive way to establish trading relationships.
These companions became quite popular among the affluent set and taken back by visitors to England. Nevertheless, the Havanese roots were in Cuba and the dog became the national dog of Cuba.
Eventually, it was possible for all families to own the breed and he became a working dog of sorts. It is said that he was used to herd chickens and as a watch dog. Probably due to the Havanese being alert by nature, he was also considered a guardian of the children as the families worked the farms.
Highly trainable due to their exceptional intelligence, the breed has also entertained folks at the circus.
Once close to disappearing forever due to unrest during the Cuban Exodus; the breed was lovingly preserved and brought back from the brink of extinction by an American breeder, Dorothy Goodale of Colorado.