Havanese

Cuba's only native breed.

The Havanese, having been known throughout history by a variety of differetn names including: the Petit Chien Havane, the Blanquito de la Habana, the Blanquito Cubano, the Perro de Seda de la Habana, the Havanese Silk Dog, the Havana Silk Dog, the Spanish Silk Poodle, the Bichon Havanais, and the Bicon Habanero, remains today as the only native breed of Cuba.

The havanese is an old breed of the Bicon family. The earliest references to the ancestors of the modern Havanese go back to 23 to 79 B.C in the Mediterranean region, and quite possibly the island of Malta. Also known as the Havana Silk Dog, today's Havanese descended from the dogs that found a permanent home in Cuba, where they were popular among the wealthy Cubans.

After the Cuban revolution in 1959, many of these dogs ended up in teh United States. Today the Havanese is a happy, outgoing, sturdy, short-legged small dog with a soft profuse, untrimmed coat. Combining an outgoing temperament with their trainability, Havanese are excellent candidates for obedience training. He is an affectionate, happy dog with a lively, springy gait.