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Question The nose bump, a unique trait to Havanese?

This is my second Havanese after 14 years. Tux announces his presence the very same way our previous Hav did.....by gently bumping our legs with his nose. It's a subtle but loving touch that is meant to say....Hey, I'm down here, now can't you get the food out of the fridge faster than that?....or "I'm here! Did you miss me?" When our first Hav died, that subtle bump was one of the things I truly missed. Now I have it again with Tux.

So, I'm wondering if this trait spans across most Havanese? Is it present in other dogs? Or is this something passed down genetically in the special bloodline I have had the privilege to encounter? How many of you out there have experienced this?
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That sounds so sweet. My girl is not so subtle.

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Ha Ha Ha! That's funny!
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any dog will do this for one reason. It works.

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Riley does it but not Reo.

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Emmie doesn't do that to me. Tux is such a cutie!!

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I did not mean that Tux bumps just to get something. He does it as if he is reporting in. It's an acknowledgment that we are "together" . He does it whether food is involved or not. Our other Havanese was the same way. (She has part of the same bloodline as Tux.)

I had a Boxer, a St. Bernard, a Yellow Lab, and an Akita throughout my life, but it wasn't until I lived with a Havanese that I experienced the "bump".
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behaviors like this is something that would not be considered heritable or genetic. They are in most cases something that gets reinforced , and in most cases are in the form of attention. Many dogs nose bump. Quite common.

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Of our 4 dogs, the one that nose bumps the most is our 70lb. Heinz 57. At his size the nose bumps aren't always gentle. It is his way of
telling us we are too slow with something he wants.
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Now a tendency for Border Collies to nip ankles would be an example of genetic predisposition. In this example it is something that is inherent of the breed and something that is part of the herding instinct.

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