The Havanese is Cuba’s national dog and their only native dog. He used to be called the Spanish Silk Poodle or the Havana Silk Dog but he evolved from being a lap dog for the aristocratic families to becoming a family pet, watchdog and herder of poultry.
He’s intelligent and easy to train. He’s affectionate and docile and very popular as a pet and also as a show dog. His coat can be any colour and shouldn’t be trimmed. Even though he’s a “toy” dog, he still needs regular exercise. He doesn’t shed so he’s ideal for people with allergies. His coat does need regular grooming. He’s 8.5 – 11.5 inches high.