Let me first say that it's a great thing you're taking your time to investigate different dog breeds before committing to one
. Wish more ppl would do it this way. But, also keep in mind that you're on a Havanese forum, so we all are possibly a 'little' biased lol. As you can read most ppl say they would never get another breed, and this is true with me too. Hooked on a havanese here
They are the perfect breed. I was not a dog person before I got one. And the Havanese was my first dog ever. They are human like!
And I would add to that they're cat like also
. My DH is definitely a cat person but he loves Havaneses , and I'm myself not a 'true' dog person either. I know that a 'true' dog would get on my nerves lol, so havs fit me perfectly. Although there're days I would love the two of mine to behave more like a dogs
, e.g. eat good like most Labradors do lol.
My two havs are very different in personality. My 5y old boy is quiet, gets anxious around children (and if they corner him, so he feels trapped, he will snap at them), crazy about going on walks, for him it's just never long enough, not a lap dog ....the other, almost a year old girl tends to be barky, being lazy she is happy with short walks, likes children (even thought there're no children in our household) and prefers to be on my lap all the time. I also know other havs who are not so crazy about children, and since you do have children, I think it's very important to choose your dog/puppy wisely.
I hope I will not get myself banned for saying this LOL, but to be totally honest with you havs wouldn't be my first choice if I had children. I find them to be very sensitive /needy dogs, that thrive on attention which fits me great. I feel like I couldn't give them enough of that if I had children (talking about me personally only, not saying ppl with children don't give their dogs enough attention. I have friends who are perfectly capable of combining all the work it takes).
I find havs to be very trainable and easy going dogs. Sensitive to the tone of your voice, and fast learners. In my experience you don't have to be Cesar Milan to have a nice behaving hav lol. I like their looks, and they have the most beautiful, soulful eyes in the whole doggy world
. I also like the fact that they don't shed and don't have that distinct doggy smell. They're great little dogs, and if you go for a hav I know (s)he will still your heart immediately.