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How Much Exercise Does My Havanese Need? Facts & FAQ

Written by: Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Last Updated on April 12, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How Much Exercise Does My Havanese Need? Facts & FAQ

Although Havanese dogs are small, they tend to have a great deal of energy and should be exercised for a high quality of life overall. They ought to go on daily walks for at least half an hour, though they can do more than that on any given day! These dogs love to be active, but fortunately, they don’t require as much exercise as many large dog breeds. You won’t be spending hours outside chasing your Havanese around just to wear them out. Here is what you should know about the exercise needs of this breed.


All It Takes Is About 30 Minutes a Day

Havanese only need about 30 minutes of exercise each day for optimal health and happiness, as opposed to the hour or more that most larger breeds require. Instead of long hauls in the forest or extended trips to the dog park, this breed enjoys a quick walk around the block and playtime at home, and that’s enough to keep them in quality shape. However, this is not the only type of exercise that the Havanese dog breed is designed to thrive on.

White havanese dog looking before barking and howling
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Types of Exercise That Are Healthy for the Havanese

Aside from daily walks, there are many different types of exercise that the Havanese can benefit from. For example, Havanese love camping and are happy to go on adventures in the woods. Other exercises that these dogs enjoy include:

  • Hide and Seek— Hide one of your dog’s favorite toys or treats somewhere in the house, and encourage them to find it. If necessary, guide them to the treat. They will still benefit from the hunt and increase their confidence levels during the process.
  • Chase— Throw a ball in the yard for your dog to chase, then chase your dog as they run after that ball. You can also play this game in a public park that allows dogs. It’s a fun game that will provide healthy exercise and fun to everyone involved.
  • Training— Havanese love to train, as it makes them feel happy to satisfy their human companions. “Come,” “sit,” “stay,” and “play” are all commands that you can practice while providing your Havanese with exercise.
  • Hikes — The Havanese enjoys going on hikes with their human companions. They can keep up on hiking trails that are uphill, downhill, and on even ground, which allows for a great deal of variety when it comes to how you can spend your time with your dog.
  • Puzzle Feeders— There are many types of puzzle feeders that you can use to engage your dog and brighten their day, especially when it’s raining outside.



It doesn’t take much to provide a Havanese with adequate exercise for optimal health and happiness throughout the animal’s life. A quick walk around the block and a few games with the family should be enough to keep this breed happy and healthy. That said, it’s up to your dog’s unique personality when it comes to the exercise activities that they enjoy most.

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