While Havanese dogs are small in size, they have big personalities! These outgoing, affectionate pups are bred for companionship and absolutely adore being around people. Native to Cuba (and named accordingly), they have a distinctive springy gait related to both their build and their spirited personalities. Havanese are somewhat active, and are suitable for apartment and house living, as a companion to an individual or family. These sweet, loving dogs are also very eager to learn and easily trained to do tricks. Havanese typically weigh between 10-15 lbs. when fully grown.
The coat of this furry creature, while seemingly quite warm, is in actuality a protective barrier from the sun that prevents it from overheating.
Spanish settlers arrived in Cuba after Christopher Columbus conquered the island in 1492, bringing with them the first Havanese ancestors. Restrictions of island life and trade allowed the dogs to interbred and develop into the Havanese we know today.