The Havanese is a part of the Bichon breed and is also the national dog of Cuba. They are small yet study dogs that are so charming that they will win your heart in a matter of seconds! They are known to be curious and busy little dogs who are slightly longer than tall and who are happiest when they are the center of attention. They love to play and clown around with their humans.
As a toy breed, the Havanese is very attached to their owners and love to spend time with them. For this reason, they do not do well in households where they are left alone for long periods of time. They are a great family dog that are smart and can easily be trained. Just like with many other dogs, if not all, the Havanese are easier to train if training is started at an early age because some habits seem to stick as they become order.
Havanese can suffer from luxating patella, liver disease, heart disease, cataracts and retinal dysplasia. They sometimes will tear up and may also develop brown tear stains. This is especially noticeable on the Havanese with a white or light coat. Since they are prone to health problems, it is crucial to get regular check-ups at the veterinarian. Many of them also come with a dense or a curly coat which is prone to matting and must be maintained.