Since the breed was recognized in 1996, The Havanese Club of America has conducted two large general health surveys (one in 2004 and a second one in 2012). In 2017, a third survey was conducted to evaluate the longevity of the breed. The reports from the two general health surveys and from the 2017 Longevity Survey are available below.
The most recent (2012) general survey concluded that:
The Havanese breed is basically healthy overall. As with any breed, there are inherited health problems that affect Havanese. The breed is fortunate that most of these problems are not life threatening. Through diligent health testing and open communication, Havanese breeders hope to maintain the health of the breed.
|The 2012 Survey||To download and review the document... click here.|
|68% Owner and 32% Breeder|
|44% Male and 56% Female|
|The 2004 Survey||Part 1 Overview and Results|
|719 Dogs||Part 2 Results (cont)|
|46% Male and 54% Female||Part 3 Results (cont)|
|Part 4 Appendices|
|Part 5 The Survey|
2017 Longevity Study
The Health Committee of the Havanese Club of America gathered data in the last quarter of 2017 to estimate the longevity of today's Havanese and the age distribution of older-living Havanese. The survey includes data on 512 Havanese, largely from HCA members. The results of the survey have been analyzed and can be found by clicking on the link below. For your convenience, a brief summary has been included at the beginning of the report.
If you have comments or questions, feel free to send them to Rafe Schindler, (Chair of the Health Committee)