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Canine personality

Momi has a theory that a dog's personality is influenced by the personality of their owner(s). Anecdotal evidence seems to bear this out more often than not. When meeting a stranger with a dog, their dog's reaction to you and your dog is frequently (but not always) a clue to how the stranger might react to you.

Havanese tend to be outgoing, intelligent, and friendly and this is reflected by the members on HF. Any opinions from Havaluvers about this theory?

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Well, all I know is that everyone on this forum seems like a great person and everyone is so generous with information. Just wish everyone was a next door neighbor! I love this forum and the people on it!
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I think Momi is right. I also believe it goes the other way. When I am leery of an approaching stranger (with or without a dog), Chi Chi reacts every single time. We live in a very dog-friendly community and most times dogs will do a quick sniff and circle when meeting on walks. But I always check out people's faces. If their eyes are not smiling, I go on alert and so does she.
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I think that, is often although not always the case. Years ago when we had a Bearded Collie, my breeder asked if I would befriend a woman that had just purchased a Beardie from her and lived in our town. Beardies I have known have a very similar personalities to Havs. Very loving, love people, other animals and are clowns with a fun and outgoing personality. This woman was a nervous wreck with everything in her life. She constantly worried herself into a state and overall was so negative I eventually had to break ties with her because it was having an effect on me. Her Beardie grew up to be a very nervous dog with biting issues with strangers and our Beardie was the only other dog she liked. The dog was like her in so many ways. She ruined that dog because of what she put out. I felt it when I was with her, so no wonder the dog felt it. The poor dog lived with it constantly. I have seen similar results good and bad with other dogs and their owners.







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Well, all I know is that everyone on this forum seems like a great person and everyone is so generous with information. Just wish everyone was a next door neighbor! I love this forum and the people on it!
My friends ask why I even have a Facebook page since I rarely post or check it. But I'm on this forum EVERY day! Can't get any work done until I check on the Havis
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I believe it is quite common for dogs to take on a similar personality to their owner, breed regardless. Of course, breed specific temperament will always play a part, but nervous owners tend to have nervous dogs, people who are a bit more reclusive may haves dogs that keep to themselves rather than seeking out play time, the overly-friendly folks have dogs that will barrel through screen doors to say hi...and then there is the idea of getting the right dog for your lifestyle. Sedentary folks won't do well with a Viszla, people who want to bring their dog everywhere with them should lean away from Filas and LGDs, etc etc

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I think that, is often although not always the case. Years ago when we had a Bearded Collie, my breeder asked if I would befriend a woman that had just purchased a Beardie from her and lived in our town. Beardies I have known have a very similar personalities to Havs. Very loving, love people, other animals and are clowns with a fun and outgoing personality.
Unrelated to the thread, but Beardies are one of my "someday breeds". I would, at one point, like a trio of longhaired goofballs: a Hav, a Beardie, and a Tibetan Terrier. I guess I have a type
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OTOH, I have three, and they all have VERY different personalities. Does that mean I have a split personality?


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I think there's a lot of truth in that - but I would hesitate to judge an owner by their dog - unless you know the background (speaking from experience, Perry's anxiety around people does not reflect me - but probably reflects his history as a rescue and, I assume, poor socialization as a puppy)
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OTOH, I have three, and they all have VERY different personalities. Does that mean I have a split personality?
Not to put too fine a point on it, but maybe your dogs do have the same "approach to life." Perhaps "personality" is not the right word. From your description of your Havadoggies, they have more in common than not? Then again, you have the influence of the "dog hater" in your family, especially at tax time.

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