The Havanese is a small breed with a long, silky hair and expressive eyes. It’s the only breed native to Cuba. They were originally bred as a companion dog to the Cuban aristocracy in the 1800's and they will stick closely to their owner’s side. With an affectionate personality, Havanese do well with strangers, children, other dogs and even cats. They can become anxious when left alone or anywhere away from their family. Havaneses are a very trainable breed, and they are ideal to work as therapy and assistance dogs.
Common Health Conditions
- Luxating patellas (when the knee cap ‘slips’ from the joint). These are thought to be more common in smaller breeds, and a congenital condition.
- Havanese who exhibit separation anxiety become overly anxious when they are away from their beloved humans.
- Havanese can be predisposed to liver shunts. This occurs when a portion of blood bypasses the liver and goes directly to the heart. This allows toxins to build up in the blood stream and causes neurological signs.