UK Kennel Club Breed Standard:
KNOWN AT HOME AS THE BICHON HABANERO, the Havanese ranks as the national dog of Cuba reached Cuba as a result of either Spanish colonists or Italian traders and ended up as the playthings of the wealthy. When the communist regime took control of Cuba, many major breeders/owners fled to the USA taking their dogs with them. The Havanese is a lively toy dog, not in any way delicate, but well able to stand up for himself in boisterous play. At one time known as the Havana Silk Dog, his coat should be long and soft; it should not be scissored into shape. All manner of colours are allowed, from white through cream to black, blue, silver and chocolate. Affectionate and intelligent, the breed enjoys being the centre of the family circle but does not expect to rule the roost.
GENERAL APPEARANCE Small, sturdy, slightly longer in body than height at withers. Profusely coated, tail carried in plume over back.
CHARACTERISTICS Lively, affectionate and intelligent.
TEMPERAMENT friendly, outgoing.
HEAD AND SKULL Nose to stop and stop to occiput to be equal in length, skull broad, slightly rounded, moderate stop. Muzzle not snipy or blunt, cheeks flat. Nose and lips solid black, although for brown shades the pigment may be brown.
EYES Dark, large, almond-shaped, gentle expression, eye rims black. In brown shades eye can be a slightly lighter colour, eye rims brown.
EARS Moderately pointed and dropped, set-on just above eye level, slightly raised, nether fly away nor framing the cheeks.
MOUTH Jaws strong with perfect regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
NECK Medium length.
FOREQUARTERS Legs straight, medium bone. Shoulders well laid.
BODY Equal in height from the withers to elbow as from elbow to ground. Slightly longer from point of shoulder to point of buttock than height at withers, level topline, slight rise over loin, well sprung ribs, with good tuck up.
HINDQUARTERS Medium boned, moderate angulation.
FEET Small, tight, harefoot.
TAIL Set high, carried over the back; profusely feathered with silky long hair.
GAIT/MOVEMENT Free with a spingy step, legs moving parallel to the line of travel.
COAT soft, silky, wavey or slightly curled, full coated with undercoat.
COLOUR Any colour or combination of colours permissable.
SIZE Ideal height: 23-28 cm (9-11 in).
FAULTS Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
NOTE Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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