Havanese were developed as a breed in Cuba and come from the Bichon family. The ancestors of the Havanese came from the Mediterranean, and there are several theories about how this occurred. The most popular theory, and the one believed by Cubans themselves, is that first Havanese were brought to Cuba’s shores by commercial ship's captains who raised them on board their ships or perhaps exchanged them with other traders.

History of the Havanese

Famous Havanese

Many famous people from the past owned Havanese. These include:

 

  • Queen Victoria, who owned two.

  • Charles Dickens had 1, playmate of his seven children and named Tim.

  • King Henry III, Napoleon III, Francis I all owned Havanese dogs.

Current famous Havanese dogs and their owners include:

 

  • Venus Williams owns Harold Reginald Williams.

  • Donald Trump Jr.’s family owns two Havanese dogs.

  • Celebrity couple Seal and Heidi Klum own a Havanese.

  • TV personality Robert Verdi is another famous owner.

  • Barbara Walters owned Havanese and helped the popularity of the breed in the U.S. In 2006, she claimed her Havanese ‘Cha-Cha’ talks to her.

Personality

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The Havanese is a gentle and affectionate breed that thrives on human companionship. They are fun loving, joyous and intelligent as well, and will enjoy making you laugh with goofy antics, or simply sitting on your lap watching the world go by. The Havanese is naturally drawn to children and will often play endlessly with them.

 

Because they are social, companionable dogs, they do best in an environment where they have company and are allowed to be part of the family. If their family is away during the day at work or school, they will need another dog to keep them company.

Grooming

Havanese have a low shedding coat, and just like human hair it needs to be regularly brushed and washed. Havanese that are not being shown in conformation shows can be kept in a pet clip. This shorter coat will only require brushing once or twice a week, and washing every few weeks or whenever needed. A visit to the groomers every four to six months for a ‘trim’ will keep the Havanese coat short enough to be easily maintained.

 

If you want to keep your Havanese in a full coat, daily brushing and weekly bathing is usually required. If your pet Havanese has a very thick coat, it can be thinned to make grooming easier while maintaining the long coated look.