The Havanese, a breed of Bichon type, is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana ("little white dog of Havana").
Links to Breed Descriptions:
Article: Modern Dog Magazine
The Havanese - Cuba’s Sunny Canine Export
Other Names for Breed:
Blanquito de la Habana
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds. This breed has information on Veterinary Care.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK:
Breed Watch (Category 1)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (
in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: JTO - Breeding strategy :
JALOSTUKSEN TAVOITEOHJELMAVUOSILLE 2019 – 2023
PEVISA | Health information (in Finnish)
The Havanese Club of America:
The Kennel Club 2004 Health Survey:
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
HGTD - Bichon Havanese
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Breeder Education: Havanese Club of America
Article: The Judges place:
Judging the Havanese: http://www.thejudgesplace.com/Judging/Havanese/Vics-11307.asp
: HAVANESE ABC's: Colors of the Rainbow https://havaneseabc.com/rainbow_main.html
This website has a great deal of information on Havanese | The Colors of the Rainbow section has in depth coverage of coat color in Havanese.
Havanese Breed Magazine an independent magazine for Havanese lovers everywhere (Subscription required)
07 December 2020
Bellamy, K.K.L., Lingaas, F.
. Short and sweet: foreleg abnormalities in Havanese and the role of the FGF4 retrogene Canine Genet Epidemiol 7, 19 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40575-020-00097-5
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Canada: Havanese Fanciers of Canada
Finland: Havannalaiset Ry
US: The Havanese Club of America
UK: Havanese Club UK