The Havanese is a small sturdy dog with a lot of charm. They can come in many different colors and weighs in at about 7-13 pounds. The long silky coat may be shown either brushed or corded. A resident of Havana for three centuries, it is the National Dog of Cuba. The Havanese carries its head high, plumed tail carried loosely over the back, and a springy gait, it makes his outline unmistakable. When he is shown in the ring, the Havanese should look in excellent condition, but never so elaborately coifed as to preclude an impromptu romp in the leaves.
This little dog of Havana became a family dog extraordinaire, playmate of children, watchdog, and herder of the family poultry flock. During the Cuban revolution, a handful of them found their way into this country and by the end of the 1970’s a new gene pool was being built up. Pretty COOL!
While these small dogs don’t shed, they do need frequent brushing and combing, or they will become a matted mess. If you can't commit to the brushing, you have to commit to frequent trimming to keep the coat short, neat, and healthy.
These little guys are great watch dogs and are quick to sound the alarm if something new is going on, so good training is a must. In addition, they can be difficult to housebreak so consistency is a must.
Along with their considerable charm, Havanese also come with a high price tag, so don’t be surprised with a price tag over a thousand dollars. As always when you go to purchase a new dog, due your homework and spend time with the breeder and puppies.
So when you are looking for small dogs that dont shed, perhaps you should put a Havanese on your to "look at" list.