Updated: February 21, 2021
The Havanese are playful and enjoy tricks and toys. They are loving and affectionate pets.
The Havanese makes an excellent family pet. They’re a very happy, attentive dog that loves other animals, children, and even elderly people. They’re fairly easy to train since they only want to please the family. However, the Havanese requires regular grooming to maintain their long coat silky smooth and their trim waist.
Although the havanese does require regular brushing, most breeders will recommend that you brush your Havanese once a week. Brushing your havanese will help eliminate any mats or tangles in your dog’s hair and keep his coat healthy.
The Havanese may have a higher incidence of ear problems than other dog breeds, so frequent brushing is especially important to help avoid this condition. You should also bathe your Havanese on a regular schedule to promote healthy skin and coat
Havaneses can be reserved with strangers, but loving and gentle with their owners and other pets. Socialization is necessary for the dog to develop an outgoing, confident disposition, as excessive caution/timidity can be present.
Havanese are independent, but not dominant. They respond well to training that requires food rewards, and they love learning tricks. Many Havanese excel at obedience and agility competitions.
Most Havanese do not shed although some may depending on their environment.
They are only moderately stubborn.
They tend to be good watch dogs as they are prone to monitor the front yard and will likely bark when they see strangers approaching your home.
Hypoallergenic although some allergy suffers may have episodes of sneezing or sniffling from the dog’s saliva.
They sleep well at night. Two of our three havanese dogs sleep in our bed at night.
They generally are congenial and playful with and other pets.
They generally tend to be healthy and live long lives.
They do not need a lot of exercise, just regular walks.
Separation anxiety sometimes as these are velco dogs because they stick so closely to their owner’s side. If there are two owners (i.e. a husband and wife) the male will likely bond with the female owner and the female will likely bond with the male owner). They take some time to get over separation anxiety, but if you have more than one then separation anxiety if less of an issue.
Housebreaking is the most difficult aspect of training for Havanese – they are slow to learn.
Barking when strangers approach or guests visit can be a problem but can be controlled with training.
Some Havanese can be finicky eaters
Many Havanese like to perch on high back sofas or chairs to watch out the window for guests.
If you’d like a puppy, who is a affectionate and playful, sturdy, hypoallegenic, a good sleeper that gets along with most (but not all dogs) and doesn’t need a lot of outdoor exercise you will like the Havanese breed.
By nature, Havanese are active and happy dogs. Taking good care of them is going to require a bit of work, but it will be worth it in the end.