Other name: Havanese Silk Dog

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Life expectancy

The Havanese has a life expectancy of between 13 and 15 years




Adult size

Female Between 8 and 11 in
Male Between 8 and 11 in

Adult weight

Female Between 9 and 13 lb
Male Between 9 and 13 lb
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Purchase price

The Havanese costs between £815 and £1170

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More details about the Havanese

Havanese: Origins and history

The origins of the Havanese began in Tenerife. These small, Bichon like dogs were then transported all over the world on passenger and merchant ships and became especially popular in Cuba. Then when they bred with members of the Bichon family, a crossbreeding which produced the modern Havanese (named after the Cuban capital, Havana.) After the communist revolution, a large number of middle-class Cubans fled to the United States and    many of them took their Havanese dogs with them.  The breed gained a small following among U.S. dog lovers and was first recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1996. Since then, its popularity has continued to grow; in 2013, the Havanese was named in a list of the 25 most popular breeds in the United States.

FCI classification of the Havanese

  • Group 9 - Companion and Toy Dogs

  • Section 1 : Bichons and related breeds

Training a Havanese

These dogs respond well to training and often perform very well in obedience training competitions. Just make sure you keep training sessions short and fun. Focus on making small, marginal gains over a longer period of time; don't overload with too much information at once.

Havanese: Purchase price

The average cost of a purebred Havanese puppy is somewhere between  £815-£1170.

You'll also need to budget around £30-40 a month for feeding costs, and the average cost of a basic insurance policy is around £20,00 per month, although this varies from dog to dog. Grooming costs will vary. A long haired Havanese will require lots of attention, including regular trip to the doggy salon.

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