Original Name : Bichon Havanais
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 9-10½ inches
Female size : 9-10½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Cuba
Havaneses are exceptionally bright and easy to train as an alarm dog. Affectionate, naturally cheerful, friendly, charming, and even a bit of jester, they love to play with children.
Medium length, with broad, flat or very slightly domed skull, scarcely raised forehead.
Straight topline, arched slightly at the loins, sloping croup, well sprung ribs, well tucked up belly.
Rarely pure white all-over, various shades of fawn (slightly blackened overlay permitted), black, Havana brown, tobacco, reddish brown; patches in these colors permitted. Any shade of tan markings permitted.
Hanging along the cheeks, forming a discreet fold that raises them slightly, lightly rounded at the tip.
Carried high, either in the shape of a crook or preferably rolled over the back, furnished with feathering of long silky hair.
Very long (4¾-7 inches in adults), soft, flat or wavy, perhaps forming curly strands; woolly undercoat not very well developed and often absent.
Originally from the western Mediterranean, spreading all along the Spanish and Italian coast, it seems that these dogs were taken to Cuba by Italian sea captains at an early stage. Most of these dogs were tobacco colored, which led to the mistaken assumption that they were native to the Cuban capital, Havana.Havaneses are sturdy little dogs with short legs and a lively, elastic gait. They have abundant soft, long hair, which should preferably be wavy.
While, generally, no hair grooming, cutting with scissors or removal is permitted, the hairs on the feet may be cleaned, the hair on the forehead may be shortened to prevent it from falling in the eyes, and the hairs on the muzzle may be tidied up, although leaving them natural is preferred.