The Havanese, also known as the Bichon Havanais, the Havana Silk Dog, and the Bichon Havanese, is a breed of dog in the Toy Group. The little intelligent and sensitive Havanese is best described as a friend to all as this breed gets along with all animals and people of all ages. The Havanese was recognized by the AKC in 1996 and AKC approved in 2001.
The average Havanese stands 8 to 12 inches high at the shoulders and weighs between 7 and 13 pounds. Their long silky coat requires regular brushing, but the coat itself does not shed much.