Ricky was a Conformation show dog before we acquired him. We were given several of his ribbons to prove it. It is my understanding that he was a Conformation place winner at the Havanese Specialty in 2014 in Portland, OR. Ricky's former owner kept him and her other show dogs in a crate about 8 hours a day while she worked full time, to keep their coats looking nice. Ricky was not happy as a show dog and he physically showed that in the ring and his owner sold him to us, a cast off.
Ricky loves to play with humans and dogs of all sizes, the rougher the play the more fun for him. Momi wants Ricky to look a certain way and we have the groomer cut him that way - little if any beard, no hair over the eyes, no hair clips, a teddy bear face, teddy bear paws, but otherwise long, natural hair over the rest of his body. To the untrained, he is eye catching, but hardly a show coat. Tufts of hair missing here and there are no longer of importance to us. And Ricky usually has a lipstick smudge on the top of his white head where Momi kisses him several times a day!
Play is what Ricky is all about. He is an extrovert. We have found an alternative to Conformation that fits Ricky's need to play and our desire to "show" him. Obedience competitions fit the bill. Ricky thinks of Obedience is one big game with his Popi. Ricky loves to show off with tricks and the obedience commands are nothing more than a trick to Ricky. Besides Obedience, we are now in training for Nosework competition. Ricky has shown a remarkable aptitude for nosework.
We let Ricky be the dog he most enjoys being. His happiness is what is most important to us. We want his coat to look nice but it is not a show coat. We have found a happy alternative for our family - rough and tumble play and still competitive. My advice to Pam is let your dogs play as much as they want and show them in Conformation "as is." Do that as long as it is fun for both you and your dogs. Of most importance is to do things that are fun with your dog rather than merely winning a competition. Look at it from the dog's point of view, having fun in life is more important to him than a ribbon hanging on the wall.
Pam, the way you describe your dogs, Ricky and they would get along famously, play until exhaustion. He loves to be pulled around by his tail and loves to pull other dogs around by their ears!