Figaro Havanese
Est. 2014 

RR#3 Petrolia, Ontario

Sorry, no puppies planned for 2019!

Breed History

These charming little dogs are part of the Bichon Family. It is believed that during the days of the Spanish Empire, they were brought to Cuba by sea captains to be sold to wealthy Cuban families, or given as gifts to gain introduction to wealthy senoras.
The breed is believed to have developed without outside influences and developed unique adaptations for the hot climate. Remarkably heat-tolerant, the Havanese’s unique coat is like raw silk floss, profuse, but light and soft, insulating it against the tropical sun. In its native Cuba, the coat was never clipped for this reason, nor was the hair tied into a topknot, as the Cubans believe the hair protects the eyes from the harsh sun. Most Havanese love the water and are accomplished swimmers, although our Stella is an exception.
They became very popular in Europe by the mid-eighteenth century. Admirers are said to include Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens. They were exhibited in the early European dog shows and type was well-established.
In Cuba meanwhile, times were changing. The emerging bourgeoisie was replacing the sugar barons, and the adaptable little dog of Havana became a beloved family dog, playmate of children, and watchdog.  It is a position he has held there for the past hundred and fifty years.
After the Cuban revolution, the Havanese began to die out, except for a handful who found their way to the United States. Once there, the breed has slowly, but steadily, been reestablished. Almost all the Havanese in the world today stem from those immigrants. Throughout their travels, Havanese type has remained virtually unchanged from that of the dogs in the eighteenth century.

Useful Links

Havanese Owners & Lovers Association

Colours of the Rainbow
(Havanese coat colours explained)

Canadian Kennel Club

Dog Food Advisor

Breed Info

Happy, outgoing and quite trainable, the Havanese is a pleasant and affectionate companion.
Activity Level:
A sturdy, short-legged, small dog with a lively, springy gait, the Havanese is well suited to urban or suburban living. His exercise requirements are easily met.
A Toy breed, the Havanese ranges from 8.5-11.5 in (22-29 cm) in height and is a featherweight at 7-13 lb (3-6 kg).
The non-shedding coat is long, soft and wispy with curls or tufts at the ends.
The breed comes in a virtual rainbow of hues – white, cream, champagne, gold, blue, black, silver, chocolate, or any combination of these colours.
Regular brushing is needed to keep the soft coat from matting.
Books about Havanese
Havanese, by Dorothy Goodale
The Havanese Illustrated Breed Study Guide, by the Havanese Fanciers of Canada
From Nose to Tail: a Grooming Handbook, by Noel Hynds and Suzanne McKay

Pawprints: The Joys of Life with a Havanese Puppy, by Suzanne McKay
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