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Breed Spotlights


by MetLife Pet Insurance
6 years ago

Life Expectancy:  12 – 15 years
Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Weight:  7 – 13 lbs.
Height: 8 – 11 inches

Where Does the Havanese Rank?

See where this beloved breed ranks in comparison to other breeds in 7 key categories.


Overall, the Havanese is a relatively easy-to-train breed. You may experience problems when housetraining, though. Crate training is recommended.

Shedding Friendliness

The Havanese breed does shed, but not excessively.

Ease of Grooming

2 out of 10 rankingThe Havanese is a high-maintenance dog in regarding to grooming requirements. If you do not brush your Havanese daily, her fur will begin to become matted.


9 out of 10 rankingHavanese are not prone to many health risks.


Exercise Needs

Your Havanese will need a minimum of 30-60 minutes of activity per day to prevent obesity. This is generally achieved by following you around and spending time with you.

Good with Children

10 out of 10 rankingThe Havanese is very good with children and quickly becomes part of the family. They are easily injured so it is necessary for your family to understand how to handle and play with him.

Barking Restraint

8 out of 10 rankingBarking is not generally a problem with the Havanese breed.


What You Need to Know About Havanese Dogs


The Havanese is well-known for his cheerful, happy personality. The Havanese loves to be loved and is often extremely bonded to his pet parent. Although he is extremely close to his pet parent, he also loves everyone else and is a great companion for those who are extremely social.

The Havanese, due to her attachment to her pet parent, often experiences separation anxiety if left alone for extended amounts of time. If left alone for a long period of time, this breed will become extremely destructive and begin chewing and tearing up the house.

The Havanese is extremely intelligent and enjoys any activity you are involved with. They are equally happy playing or relaxing. If you would like to go play in the park, they are perfectly content. On the contrary, if you are wanting to spend several hours watching television, they are perfectly content cuddling with you as well.


The Havanese is known to be difficult to housetrain. Crate training is highly recommended for this breed.


Grooming a Havanese is quite extensive. He will need to be brushed twice per week, at a minimum to prevent matting of his fur.

Health Problems

Chondrodysplasia – This is a genetic health condition which is sometimes thought to be ‘dwarfism.’ Dogs with chondrodysplasia often have abnormally short limbs for their breed.

Hip Dysplasia (as found in many large dog breeds)

Cataracts – Cataracts are common in this breed.

Hypothyroidism – If your Havanese is experiencing a thyroid problem, symptoms may include obesity, hair loss, seizures and/or lethargy.

Deafness – Deafness is a common condition found in this breed.

Patellar Luxation – Patellar luxation is essentially the knee joint sliding in and out of place. This can be crippling to some dogs; however, most dogs live a long, healthy life even with the condition.

Top 10 Most Common Health Issues for Havanese

  1. Cataracts
  2. Hypothyroidism
  3. Tear Duct Disorders
  4. Heart Disease – especially valve disease
  5. Chondrodysplasia
  6. Allergies – environmental causes may result in itchy skin
  7. Hip Dysplasia
  8. Deafness – inherited, progressive hearing loss
  9. Pateller Luxation
  10. Liver shunt – hereditary condition

Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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