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Norfolk Terrier vs Swedish Lapphund vs Havanese – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Norfolk Terrier vs Swedish Lapphund vs Havanese" Compare Norfolk Terrier and Swedish Lapphund. Which is better: Norfolk Terrier or Swedish Lapphund or Havanese?
Name Norfolk Terrier Swedish Lapphund Havanese
OriginsUnited Kingdom Sweden Cuba
Group Hunting Dogs Companion Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank12832823
Reviews005
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Other Names Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier Svensk lapphund Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979 as a Terrier breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition No set American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Havanese Club of America
Price $2000-$2500 $400-$600 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Norfolk Terrier vs Swedish Lapphund vs Havanese

Size Small Medium Small
Weight 10-12 pounds (4½-5½ kg) Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg) 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg)
Avg. Weight 11 pounds (5 kg) Male: 42 pounds (18–20 kg), Female: 39.5 pounds (16–18 kg) 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
Height 10 inches (25 cm) Male: 18-20 inches (45-51 cm), Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm) 8-11 inches (21-29 cm)
Avg. Height 10 inches (25 cm) Male: 19 inches (48 cm), Female: 17 inches (43 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)

Hair & Care - Norfolk Terrier vs Swedish Lapphund vs Havanese

Coat Wiry
Shaggy
Fluffy Soft
Wavy
Woolly
Flat
Long
Colors Tan
Red
Grizzle
Wheaten
Black
White
Brown
Black
Black
Reddish-Brown
Fawn
White
Havana Brown
Tobacco
Grooming
Average: The Norfolk Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Swedish Lapphund requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Havanese requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Norfolk Terriers shed none to minimal.
Swedish Lapphunds are heavy shedders.
Havaneses shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Norfolk Terrier vs Swedish Lapphund vs Havanese

Temperament Companionable
Happy
Selfish
Confidence
Intelligent
Fearless
Lovable
Spirited
Affectionate
Kind
Trainable
Alert
Lively
Versatile
Affectionate
Gentle
Playful
Companionable
Intelligent
Responsive
Sturdy
Lively
Amiable
Charming
Intelligent Rank
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Average: Swedish Lapphund's has average obedience intelligence.
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Norfolk Terriers are quite easy to train.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite easy to train.
Havaneses are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Norfolk Terrier is a playful breed.
The Swedish Lapphund is a highly playful breed.
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Norfolk Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Norfolk Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Swedish Lapphunds are a social breed.
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Average to high: The Norfolk Terrier is a vocal breed.
High: The Swedish Lapphund is a very vocal breed.
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Norfolk Terriers are average watchdogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are good watchdogs.
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Norfolk Terriers are average defenders.
Swedish Lapphunds are extremely protective guard dogs.
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Norfolk Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Swedish Lapphund has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Norfolk Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Norfolk Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Swedish Lapphund is strong enough to escape from home.
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Norfolk Terriers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Swedish Lapphunds don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Norfolk Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Norfolk Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Swedish Lapphunds adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Swedish Lapphunds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Havaneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Norfolk Terrier vs Swedish Lapphund vs Havanese

Stranger Friendly
Norfolk Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Norfolk Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very kid-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Norfolk Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very cat-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Norfolk Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Swedish Lapphunds are very dog-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Norfolk Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Swedish Lapphund is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Norfolk Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Norfolk Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Swedish Lapphunds are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Norfolk Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Swedish Lapphunds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Havaneses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Norfolk Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Swedish Lapphund breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Havanese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Norfolk Terrier vs Swedish Lapphund vs Havanese

Health Issues
The Norfolk Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Swedish Lapphunds tend to have a lot and frequent health issues.
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems No set Allergies
Ear Infections
Eye Infections
Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Deafness
Elbow Dysplasia
Heart Murmurs
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-13 years 14-16 years
Hypoallergenic Yes No Yes
Energy Level
Norfolk Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Swedish Lapphunds have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Havaneses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Norfolk Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Swedish Lapphunds need quite a lot of exercise.
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
Sleeping Need
Norfolk Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Swedish Lapphunds are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Havaneses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
High: The Norfolk Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Norfolk Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Swedish Lapphund can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
The Norfolk Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Swedish Lapphund has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Norfolk Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Swedish Lapphund is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Havanese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Norfolk Terrier vs Swedish Lapphund vs Havanese

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-5 puppies 4-6 puppies 1-9 puppies, average 4

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