Crested Havanese

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Crested Havanese History

The crested havanese is relatively new, having been created in 1994. The havanese first became popular in the 1960s, and in the 1980s they were crossed with the bichon frise and yorkie to create the schnoodle. In 1994, breeders decided that their schnoodles needed a little “je ne sais quoi” and, therefore, created the crested havanese. The crested havanese is a medium-sized toy dog with a distinctive coat. The havanese is an energetic, sociable and playful little dog that needs lots of human companionship. The havanese was originally bred in Cuba, but is now found throughout the world. The havanese is often seen as a hypoallergenic dog breed, but this isn’t true. The havanese sheds moderately, but because of its non-shedding coat, the havanese is not recommended for people with severe allergies.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Crested Havanese Physical Characteristics

The Crested Havanese is a small, medium-haired, toy breed that is typically 10 to 11.5 inches at the withers and weighs between 4 and 8.5 pounds. They have a wedge shaped head that is narrow at the muzzle and wide at the back of the head, and they have a narrow, pointed nose. They have small, erect ears that sit high on the head. They have slightly curved, feathered eyebrows and a slightly snipped tail. The thick, soft hair on the legs, feet, and tail is colored white. Their hair is shorter on the face and torso.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Cream, Fawn, Silver, White, Blue, Brindle, Sable

Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 6 – 13 lbs

Female Weight Range: 6 – 13 lbs

Crested Havanese Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Crested Havanese Health Concerns

Skeletal/Joint Conditions, Eye Conditions, None

Crested Havanese Temperament and Behaviour

The crest of the Crested Havanese can signify many things, such as the dog’s mood, health, or level of excitement. The hair on the crest can range from downy and soft to wiry.

Crested Havanese Activity Requirements

The Crested Havanese is a friendly, lively, and playful dog. They are easily adaptable to almost any environment, making them a good choice of pet for almost anyone. While they are not as high energy as other breeds, they do require a fair amount of exercise and attention. They especially enjoy outdoor activities like jogging, rollerblading, or playing fetch. If you are looking for a small dog that doesn’t require too much space, a Crested Havanese may be a great choice. They do well with apartment living, but will need short walks every day. If you live in a colder climate, make sure you get your Crested Havanese a coat or sweater for wintertime.

Miles Per Day

6 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Crested Havanese is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Crested Havanese is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Crested Havanese is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Crested Havanese is part of the Unclassified group.

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