Choices, Choices: Types Of Havanese
Unlike some other breeds that come in several sizes, Havanese have one size within a defined range of height and weight for the breed. In height, they range from 8 ½ to 11 ½ inches; and in weight, from 7 to 13 pounds. They are small but should not look fragile. Both their under and outer coat should be soft to the touch, not wiry.
Havanese come in a variety of colors including white, cream, gold, black, silver, blue or chocolate. Quite a variety wouldn’t you say? They can also be a combination of two or three of these colors. The choice of color is up to you.
While a lot of owners keep their Havanese clipped shorter than a show cut for ease of maintenance, some Havanese are born with naturally short hair.
Nicknamed Shavanese, these dogs have a short coat; but unlike their longhaired relatives, shorthaired Havanese are known to shed. Regardless of the color or coat type, a Havanese should look sturdy for a little dog and should have a spring in his step when he runs or walks. His ears should be floppy and his eyes should be mischievous.
Like people, different dogs have different personalities, and the Havanese you purchase may not look or act exactly as described here. But we feel that we’ve provided you with a well-rounded view of the Havanese temperament, character and appearance in the preceding articles. We also hope that we’ve been able to answer most of your questions about this wonderful breed. It is a great dog, but not necessarily the right dog for every family. A Havanese requires lots of attention; regular exercise; regular grooming; regular medical care; a proper diet; adequate rest; and someone to still care about him when he gets old.
Sounds a lot like people, huh? Because he was bred to be a companion animal, maybe the Havanese is closer to being “human” than other breeds. If you have the time, attention and energy to devote to a Havanese you won’t be sorry; you’ll gain a family member who will stand by you for years and who will return your love and affection. Just one last word of advice: try to avoid a big slobbery lick from your Havanese right after he’s eaten a garlic snack. Trust me, doggy breath can be bad enough without a garlic chaser.