The Havanese dog breed has won many admirers with its long, silky hair, expressive eyes, and cuddly size. Bred as a companion dogs to the Cuban aristocracy in the 1800s, they’ve earned the nickname “Velcro dog” because they stick so closely to their owner’s side. Males and females stand 8 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches tall, and weigh 7 to 13 pounds. The Havanese coat is thick but silky, soft, and light, and it doesn’t shed easily. The coat is long and ranges from straight to curly, although wavy is considered ideal for the show ring. It comes in white, black, black, tan, sable, gray, and a myriad of other colors and markings.