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 Group Group 1 Toys
 General Appearance The Havanese is a sturdy little dog, low on his legs, with long, abundant hair, soft and preferably wavy.  His movement is lively and elastic.
 Characteristics [Not specified.  Classified by the F.C.I. under Companion and Toy Dogs.]  Importants Proportions, The length of the muzzle (tip of nose to stop) is equal to the distance between the stop and the occipital protuberance.  The relation between the length of the body (measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of hte buttock) and the height at the withers is as 4:3
 Temperament Exceptionally bright, he is easy to train as an alarm dog.  Affectionate, of a happy nature, he is amidable, a charmer, playful and even a bit of a clown.  He loves children and plays endlessly with them.
 Head And Skull Of medium length, the relation between the length of the head and that of the trunk (measured from the withers to the base of the tail) is as 3:7

Cranial Region:
Skull - Flat to slightly rounded, broad; forehead hardly rising.  Seen from above, it is rounded at the back and almost straight and square on the other three sides.
Stop - Moderately marked.

Facial Region:
Nose - Black or Brown
Muzzle - Narrowing, progressively and slightly, towards the nose but neither wnipey nor truncated.
Lips - Fine, lean, tight.
Cheeks- Very flat, not prominent.
 Eyes Quite large, almond shaped, of brown colour, as dark as possible.  Kind expression.  The eye rims must be dark brown to black.
 Ears Set relatively high; they fall along the cheeks forming a discreet fold which raises them slightly.  Their tips are slightly rounded.  They are covered with hair in long fringes.  Niether propeller ears (sticking out sideways) nor stuck to the cheeks.
 Mouth Scissor bite.  Complete dentition is desirable.  The absence of premolars 1 (P1) and molars (M3) is tolerated.
 Neck Of medium length.
 Forequarters Forelegs stright and parallel, lean; good bone structure.  The distance from the ground to the elbow must not be greater than that between the elbow and the withers.
 Body The length of the body is greater than the hieght at the withers [as 4:3].
Back -Topline straight, slightly arched over the loin.
Croup - Noticeably sloping.
Ribs - well sprung.
Belly - well tucked up.
 Hindquarters Good bone structure; moderate angulation.
 Feet Of slightly elongated shape; small.  Tight toes.
 Tail Carried high, either in the shape of a crozier[a Bishop's crook] or, preferably rolled over the back; it is furnished with feathering of long silky hair.
 Gait / Movement In accordance with his happy nature, the Havanese has a strikingly light-footed and elastic gait; forelegs with free stride and pointing straight forward, the hindlegs giving them impulsion [drive] and moving in a straight line.
 Coat Undercoat woolly and not very well developed; it is often totally absent.  The topcoat is very long (12 - 18 cm [4.5 - 7 ins] in an adult dog), soft, flat or wavy and may form curly strands [cords].  All grooming [primping or teasing], the use of scissors to even out the length of the coat and all trimming is forbidden with the exception of tidying up the hair on the feet and the hair on the forehead may be slightly shortend so that it does not cover the eyes and the hair on the muzzle may be slightly tidied up, but it is preferable to leave it its natural length.
 Colour Rarely completely pure white, fawn in its different shades (slightly blackend overlay admitted), black, havana-brown, tobacco colour, reddish brown.  Particolours in the mentioned colours allowed.
 Sizes Height at withers: From 23 - 27 cms [9 - 10.5 ins]
Tolerance from 21 - 29 cms [ 8 - 115 ins]
 Faults Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

Important faults:
General appearance lacking in type.
Truncated or snipey muzzle, length not identical to that of the skull.
Birds of prey eyes [yellow]; eyes too deep set or prominent; rims of eyelids partially pigmented.
Body to short or too long.
Straight tail, not carried high.
"French" front (pasterns too close, feet turned outwards).  Deformed hind feet.
Coat harsh, not abundant; hair short except on puppies; groomed [trimmed] coat.\

Disqualifying Faults:
Depigmented nose
Over or undershot.
Ectropion, entropion; rim of eyelids of one or both eyes depigmented.
Size over or under the indicated norms of the standard [over or under the tolerated heights].
 Notes Male animals should have two apparently normal tesicles fully descended into the scrotum.