The Havanese - Standard
FCI-Standard N° 250 / 12.01.2009/ GB
Mrs. Peggy Davis, revised by R. Triquet.
ORIGIN: Western Mediterranean basin, development : Cuba.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD: 04.11.2008.
UTILIZATION: Companion and toy dog.
Group 9 Companion and Toy Dogs. Section 1 Bichons and related breeds. Without working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
The Havanese is a sturdy little dog, low on his legs, with long abundant hair, soft and preferably wavy. His movement is lively and elastic.
The length of the muzzle (tip of nose to stop) is equal to the distance between the stop and the occipital protuberance. The relation between the length of the body (measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock) and the height at the withers is of 4/3.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
Exceptionally bright he is easy to train as alarm dog. Affectionate, of a happy nature, he is amiable, a charmer, playful and even a bit of a clown. He loves children and plays endlessly with them.
Of medium length, the relation between the length of the head and that of the trunk (measured from the withers to the base of the tail) is of 3/7.
Skull: Flat to very slightly rounded, broad; forehead
hardly rising; seen from above it is rounded at the back and almost straight
and square on the other three sides.
Nose: Black or brown.
Set relatively high; they fall along the cheeks forming a discreet fold which raises them slightly. Their extremity is in a lightly rounded point. They are covered with hair in long fringes. Neither propeller ears (sticking sideways), nor stuck to the cheeks.
NECK: Of medium length.
BODY: The length of the body is slightly superior to that
of the height at the withers.
Carried high, either in shape of a crozier or preferably rolled over the back; it is furnished with feathering of long silky hair.
Forelegs straight and parallel, lean; good bone structure. The distance from the ground to the elbow must not be greater than that between the elbow and the withers.
Good bone structure; moderate angulations.
Of slightly elongated shape; small; tight toes.
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
According to his happy nature, the Havanese has a strikingly light-footed and elastic gait; forelegs with free stride and pointing straight forward, the hindlegs giving them the impulsion and moving in a straight line.
Undercoat woolly and not very developed; it is often totally absent. The topcoat is very long (12-18 cm in an adult dog), soft, flat or wavy and may form curly strands. All grooming, the usage of scissors to even out the length of the coat and all trimming is forbidden. Exception : tidying up the hair on the feet is permitted, the hair on the forehead may be slightly shortened so that it does not cover the eyes and the hair on the muzzle may be slightly tidied up, but it is preferable to leave it in natural length.
Rarely completely pure white, fawn in its different shades (slight
blackened overlay admitted), black, havana-brown, tobacco colour, reddish-brown.
Patches in mentioned colours allowed.
Height at the withers: From 23 to 27 cm.
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
· General appearance lacking in type.
· Aggressive or overly shy.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.