The Havanese is the National Dog of Cuba. He is beloved as a friendly, playful, alert and intelligent Toy dog with a mischievous expression. He is a small sturdy dog of many colors and marking patterns. A moderately boned but not fragile dog, the acceptable size range is from 8.5″ to 11.5″. The untrimmed long, soft, wavy coat may be brushed or corded. High head carriage, topline rising slightly from withers to rump, rectangular body, and plumed tail carried over the back makes the Havanese outline unmistakable. The unique springy gait sets the Havanese apart from all other breeds.