Best Puppy Names for Havanese Dogs

Updated on January 7, 2018
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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Havanese love to do tricks!
Havanese love to do tricks! | Source

Havanese puppies are a lot of fun. They are smart and easy to train. These little dogs are frisky enough to be involved in agility and obedience competitions, yet calm enough to make good therapy dogs.

If you have decided to bring a Havanese into your life, you will need to make a lot of decisions in the next few days. The first will be picking a name for your new puppy.

How about something authentic?

Havanese may have originally come from the Mediterranean; there are a lot of questions about the origin of the breed. More recently, however, we know that they came from Cuba, and have been natives of Havana for about 500 years.

Although there are a lot of interesting names from Cuba, most of them are long and not appropriate for your new puppy. Here are some great ones to try:

Cuban Place Names

Cities and Provinces
Towns and Areas
Bayamo (Bamo)
Havana (Havi)
Zapata (Zapa)-a penninsula
Housebreaking needs to take priority, but don't forget about a great new name for your Havanese!
Housebreaking needs to take priority, but don't forget about a great new name for your Havanese! | Source

Cuban Boys and Girls Names

Cuban boys can be called: Alex, Anton, Arlo, Carlos, Cedro, Ché, Chumo (the twin, if only two puppies are born in a litter) Cisco, Elon, Fidel, Jorge, Juan, Martin, Miguel, Pedro, Rafi (short for Rafael), Ramon, and Tomas.

And Cuban girls might be: Angel, Carmen, Charo (a flower), Cheena, Coro, Estell, Judi, Lola, and Norma.

Any of these names works great for a Havanese puppy.

More Havanese Names...

Although some small puppy names are appropriate for a Havanese, there are a lot of lists out there that really just cover small dogs. They are not for these little Cuban dogs at all. If you want something unique, try one of these names:

For male puppies: Blanco (for a white puppy), Blando (fluffy or huggable), Castro, Chico (a boy), Costa (you can use this if your dog is from the coast), Danté (especially if your puppy is a little devil!), Dino, Feliz (happy, and this word would actually work for a boy or a girl dog) Mambo (a style of dance from Cuba), Mano (slang for little brother), Migo (from amigo, a friend), Milo (from milagro, a miracle puppy), Mojo, Paco, Pancho, Pueblo, Rico (rich), and Tio (uncle).

For female puppies: Blanca (for a white Havanese), Bolo (cake, a version of sweetie), Chacha (Cuban dance music), Chica (a pretty girl), Dolce (sweetie), Coco (coconut), Pedra (precious stone), Salsa (Latin music), Santa (saint), Rica (rich), Rumba (Cuban dance music), and Tia (auntie).

Some Havanese become depressed if given a common and overused name (kidding-but don't do it!).
Some Havanese become depressed if given a common and overused name (kidding-but don't do it!). | Source

You could probably name your new puppy Cuba too but it is a little too common among Havanese.

There are a few rules when should remember when naming your puppy:

  • Don´t give your new Havanese a name that sounds like one of his training commands. If you use are going to train him in English, and give him a name that sounds like one of his basic commands, he is going to get confused and not perform when he should. None of the dog names I have suggested in this list sound like any commands, but if you use something else not here make sure it does not sound like a training word.
  • Always choose a name that has one or two syllables. A lot of great Cuban words have three or more syllables but if you notice you´ll see that I always give you a two syllable nickname. If you stick your dog with a name like “Amigo” you can call him Migo; don’t get mad at him if he just stares when you try to use the long version of that word and he is not even able to understand.
  • Give your dog a name that commands some respect and stay away from the dog names I would not use. You might think it is funny to name your dog “Scooter” after he has diarrhea, or “Barfy” after an accident in the car. It will not be funny later when you are out at the dog park with your new Havanese puppy, and names like “Scooter” get old fast.
  • Do not brand your new Havanese with one of the overused dog names. Your little dog has a noble history and he is an individual. Every Havanese deserves a unique name!

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      • Eiddwen profile image

        Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

        Yet again so interesting and voted up plus shared.


      • angryelf profile image

        angryelf 4 years ago from Tennessee

        A dog's name should always have a special meaning to the owner :)