Are they perfect apartment dogs? yes.
Can they be left home alone for at least 4hrs without crying/barking/destruction? Havanese are companion dogs and generally do not like to be alone, many of our members who work full time have gotten another hav to keep hav #1 company, there probably are a few singletons that may do fine, but my girl? She has separation anxiety and I know she's not the only one here with that problem. Talk to the breeder about this characteristic, is it hereditary? IDK, is it common with the breed? ehh, no but its possible
Can they be independent at times? Gucci won't let me go the bathroom by myself, lol..she follows me everywhere, so mine is more co-dependent than independent, but again, that's a personality thing that can vary.
can they sleep on their own beds especially at night without crying/barking/destruction? As long as it is MY bed and snuggled up next to my pillow
Are they lovable & nice to everyone from children/old people/strangers?
Are they quiet dogs? Generally, the breed isn't yappy and is quiet, but there are some barkers, my husband trained gucci to bark at someone coming to our house and I could strangle him for it, but other than that, she won't even bark to go out, only at the door, or if she needs water.
Are they a healthy breed? depends, research and choose a breeder carefully
Are these easy to housebreak and train? No, havanese are not the easiest to housebreak, there are the exceptions to the rules, but be prepared for a patient journey and I've read plenty of threads on here about housebreaking problems, again...no guarantees it will be a cakewalk
Are these an intelligent breed? very smart, high IQ's
Any other things that I should know about this breed from your experiences? As long as you take your time and find a breeder that health tests and have plenty of love and time to devote, it will be a rewarding experience for both of you,but you are the only one that knows what is a good match for your lifestyle.
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