10+ Pros and Cons of Owning a Havanese

Havanese are fluffy cute but proud animals from hot Cuba. These dogs demonstrate a cheerful and good-natured character, high intellectual abilities, and are well trained. Due to such qualities and ideal memory, representatives of the species can very often be found at various circus performances, competitions, and exhibitions. They are appreciated for their lively and open character, poise, and an impeccable appearance.


At heart, Havanese is a typical Cuban with his positive-relaxed attitude to life and manic love for communication in any form. The Sunny Islands of Freedom and centuries of being in the status of a decorative breed have formed a number of qualities in the Havana Bichons that distinguish them from other miniature tribesmen. For example, the extraordinary craving for constant contact with the owner of the Havanese is often called “clave”.

Walking on the heels, poking a curious nose into all the secrets of the family, occasionally begging for affection and tasty rewards – all these are the classic habits of the Havana Bichon, without which he immediately ceases to be a real Cuban.

One of the highlights of the breed is the ability to reflect the behavior and mood of the owner. A dog of a cheerful and active owner is unlikely to be melancholy, and a pet of an emotionally restrained owner quickly adopts his attitude towards life. As for the character traits of the breed in general, we can say that the Havanese is a real tsunami of friendliness and tenderness. The fluffy companion knows how to get along with any creature, arranging races with a crazy cat with any participant in funny adventures invented by the guys.

Maintenance and care

The Havanese spends most of his life in an apartment, so try to provide him with a comfortable and safe living environment. Think about how to keep your pet out of the balcony – perhaps it will be a special net or a high fence in front of the door. The same rule applies to household chemicals and a trash can in which the puppy can dig. Also, get out of the habit of leaving detergents on the floor that taste like your pet.

Havanese is the perfect homebody dog. To dump the “energy load”, he has enough jogging on the territory of the personal plot or two half-hour walks a day. It is not recommended to “torture” the breed with exercises – the average Havanese is able to cover the need for physical activity with a simple run of the owner’s company. By the way, in winter it is better to walk the dog dressed in insulated overalls. In frosty weather, Havanese get cold quickly and can catch a cold. At the same time, dogs do not need UV protection in summer – their long soft, and well-ventilated “fur coats” are reliable protection against overheating.

The Havanese is a living anti-stress toy that you need to hug, squeeze, and, of course, comb out more often. At times, the breed is devoid of undercoat, the shedding of its representatives is poorly expressed, so there is no need to worry about the neatness of carpets and upholstery.


  • good-natured;
  • very attached to household members;
  • loyalty to children;
  • high intellectual abilities;
  • easy to train;
  • docile character;
  • beautiful exterior;
  • suitable for keeping in an apartment.


  • hooligans, if they are wrongly brought up;
  • poor health;
  • painstaking care of wool;
  • compulsory protection from bad weather in the cold season.
Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.


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  1. Out them in a jacket or something insulated for the winter. Mine would have a fit and a half, if I did that. When it snows, he can’t wait to get out there and roll in it, do zoomies, and try to catch the snow flakes with his tongue. He HATES the summer warmth and will go under the bed where it’s cooler.

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