Havanese in the United States today are direct descendants from one of the Bichon
groups originating in the Mediterranean area. There are several distinct groups
of Bichon thought to have come from the Teneriffe (Bichon Frise), including the
Bichon Maltiase (Maltese), the Bichon Havanais (Havanese), the Lowchen Bichon,
Coton de Teulear and the Bichon Bolognese. These groups are still recognized by
the F.C.I. and many other European kennel clubs. These little dogs are alert,
and quick to understand what is expected of them. They possess a charming and
loveable personality. They have an alert and lively expression.
are referred to in words and photos as far back as the mid-14th century. The breed
is quite possibly from Germany, although for many years it was believed to have
its origin in the Mediterranean.
The Löwchen has been a distinct breed
for more than 400 years. The breed nearly disappeared in the 19th century, but
tireless efforts by Madam Bennert, a Belgian breeder, ensured the Löwchen's
A small, bright and lively dog, the Löwchen is
a companion breed of great style. The breed's name translates from the German
as "little lion." The breed has twice appeared in the Guinness Book
of World Records - once as the most expensive dog in the world and once as the
rarest dog in the world.
All colours or combinations of colours
are accepted. All patterns of white are found as well as Lowchen with no white
at all. And to keep things interesting, most, but not all, Lowchen tend to change
colors over the first few years fading and then darkening back up to a new shade