The Ideal Weight for Havanese Dogs

by Kimberly DeCosta
    An adult Havanese will typically be 8.5 to 11.5 inches tall at the shoulder.

    An adult Havanese will typically be 8.5 to 11.5 inches tall at the shoulder.

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    Small in stature, the Havanese dog is a breed with larger-than-life charisma. The Havanese originated in Cuba and is known for being a hearty, playful companion suitable for an urban or rural lifestyle. To ensure your Havanese maintains the optimal weight for your dog, discuss a nutrition and exercise regimen with his breeder and your veterinarian.

    Weighing In

    The Havanese breed standard dictates that an average adult should weigh 8 to 13 pounds. They may vary in side according to their parents' size: Two large specimens should produce litters with larger-than-average weights. Some mature Havanese grow to be nearly 20 pounds, though those are rare. A breeder can weigh a puppy at 8 weeks old and estimate what the dog's weight will be as an adult, though the results may vary based on bloodline, diet and exercise.

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    About the Author

    Kimberly DeCosta is an accomplished equestrian and entrepreneur. She has written for numerous equestrian publications and authored marketing packages for large companies and sports teams.

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