The Havanese, a Bichon type dog, is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana (Spanish: "little white dog of Havana"). It is believed that the Blanquito was eventually cross-bred with other Bichon types, including the Poodle, to create what is now known as the Havanese. They are sometimes referred to as "Havana Silk Dogs".
The Havanese is small and sturdy, with a tail carried over its back and ears that drop and fold. The coat is abundant, long, and silky,and comes in all colours. They have a spirited personality and a curious disposition, and are notable for their springy gait, a characteristic that distinguishes the breed from all others. The Havanese is considered an ideal family pet and a true companion dog. They are highly adaptable to almost any environment.