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Help: is the HAVANESE the perfect breed for me?
Are they perfect apartment dogs?
Can they be left home alone for at least 4hrs without crying/barking/destruction?
Can they be independent at times? can they sleep on their own beds especially at night without crying/barking/destruction?
Are they lovable & nice to everyone from children/old people/strangers?
Are they quiet dogs? (All my neighbors have dogs & some are super yappers ).
Are they a healthy breed?
Are these easy to housebreak and train?
Are these an intelligent breed?
Any other things that I should know about this breed from your experiences?


I don't want a cat so pls don't suggest a cat.... It's my life long dream is to have a sweet dog.. I love their intelligence and awareness. The way they look up at you. It is soo sweet and it makes my heart melt. I love teaching so it would be awesome to train one and have it be part of my family. I don't have kids but a lot of nephews and nieces that come over so it has to be a sweet dog. After a lot of research & dogs 101 videos the perfect one seems to be the havanese but it is better to hear from actual people that own them. I had originally liked golden retrievers but cons: I would feel bad not having a yard for it & it's size & very prone to health problems. Also thought Miniature schnauzer but cons: howling?=noisy, very prone to a lot of health problems. It would be awesome to be able to take it to retirement home to visit an old friend of my mom's and some of the people there.
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In my mind you have to consider them like kids. They're not all the same. Mine are not yappy (most of the time) and that was a consideration for me. They are good for apartments and a lot of folks will tell you they have raised them in apartments. Are they destructive? Depends upon what you mean by that. My little girl has managed to destroy a number of things, my boys, nothing more serious than toilet paper and an occasional magazine for dessert.

I know many people who leave their dogs for four hours or more and they seem to do fine, even though this is a companion breed and they love being with their people. Are they intelligent? I would say yes, but like people, some more than others. Are they easy to train? Talk to Tom King about that and if you listen to his guidance, maybe trained sooner rather than later. Mine were each different in that department.

Are they loving to all people? Mine yes, some are more wary, but generally I would say yes. So much depends on the personality of the puppy you choose. That's why it's so important to work with a good breeder who can help determine the right puppy for your family.

Whatever you choose to do, having a puppy/dog is a very special experience -- at least in my life and I wish you much luck in your decision.

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Wow the more I hear about people's experiences with these the more I think it is for me. I plan on training it asap....
I still want to hear from as many people's experiences as possible. I hope also that I can find a great breeder in Arizona by the time I am ready to finally get one.


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Hey Newbe,
welcome to the forum, I have a 1/2 hav, 1/2 shih tzu, 8 month. I'm a big dog person. and I have a new anatolian pup, got him at 9 weeks old. he's already house trained (11 weeks old).

Are they perfect apartment dogs? yes.
Can they be left home alone for at least 4hrs without crying/barking/destruction? depends on the dog
Can they be independent at times? yes.
can they sleep on their own beds especially at night without crying/barking/destruction?yes.
Are they lovable & nice to everyone from children/old people/strangers? that's socialization at an early age, done right, yes.
Are they quiet dogs? (All my neighbors have dogs & some are super yappers ). much quieter than terriers, my guy only barks when I pull up in the driveway or if you 'sneak' up on him.
Are they a healthy breed? again, depends on the dog, and where you get him/her, but relatively healthy.
Are these easy to housebreak and train? no. but that also depends on how consistent you are.
Are these an intelligent breed? very. smartest dog I've ever had.
Any other things that I should know about this breed from your experiences?

my 1/2 hav, is the most charming, entertaining, energetic and smart a$$ dog I've ever had. He's not a velcro dog, he's more independent than that, but he clearly is bonded to me. very sweet, but he's crazy too (puppy crazy). I want a full hav. but for me 4 dogs is A LOT...

grooming: get ready to groom every day or every other day, depending on coat length. and be ready for a picky eater.
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While Havanese are a terrific breed, they are not clones of each other. Each dog has their own personality. I have one that is vocal, and one that is not. One likes kids, the other one not so much.

They do love to be with their humans, but do fine if left alone. They can be taught to sleep in their own beds (but why would you want to ) Some are easier to housebreak than others. One of mine was trained by 7 months and the other one took a lot longer than that. They are very intelligent, as you will find out.

They are relatively healthy, but like humans, some might be more prone to some health issues. That is why it is so important to research and buy your puppy from a reputable breeder that does all the necessary health testing.

Good luck and keep us posted.


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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?
yes

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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I don't have much to add to what people have posted.
I have 3 and they are all a little different, but all loving and sweet.
Two of mine sleep happily in crates in our bedroom and one sleeps with us.

None of them mind being in the crate for short periods of time. In fact 2 of them run to hide in the crate when they see me head for the cabinet where I keep the grooming brushes. It's quite amusing to watch.

They love their "people" and it's really funny to have 3 dogs follow me into the bathroom and wait patiently for me to take a shower.

The coats can be a problem and need a lot of care, so maybe you should try to get one with a silkier coat, which is a little easier to maintain.

They are just the best breed! I am so glad I discovered Havs 6 years ago.

Have fun puppy searching, find an excellent breeder, and share the pics with us!

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I think the question you need to ask is what if the dog you get isn't one or any combination of those things you've listed? Can you live with that? I recently fostered an adorable Havanese puppy that the owners surrendered because she wasn't the "perfect" dog they were led to believe she would be.

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Hi newbie, I am also in the process of learning about the havanese at the moment. I am sure not new to dogs though (haviing 2 dogs of the same breed; I can agree to the bellow). It applies to every breed....
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While Havanese are a terrific breed, they are not clones of each other. Each dog has their own personality. I have one that is vocal, and one that is not. One likes kids, the other one not so much.
If I were in your place, I will ask the reputable breeder's help to match with the havanese pup who fits the personality that I want (that is for sure what I will do when the time comes to get my 3rd fluff)
Also, I just wanted to add, the pup has his/her own personality/temperament, but then it is our duty to then train him/her as he/she develops and grow ^_^

Other than that, just wanted to also add that I am excited for you

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Thank u all : )

I have been doing research for years cause this is too important to me & It is both terrifying & exciting. I have been to shelters & it breaks my heart...I just can't do that. : ( I can't leave my baby there no way! that is why it is important that I get as much info as possible....I plan to train it too so I will put in hard work & all my love.
My heart pounds so bad when ever I see a dog or puppy. I worked at a petstore for a while & everyone would tell me how their dogs are the best & how much they loved them...so much It would bring us to tears(from getting so emotional). I kept thinking how lucky that they could have that connection with such a wonderful intelligent creating. When i was little my big brother's would find pitbulls in the street & so I grew up with them but it was a house & we had a yard. I wouldn't say that it gave me experience cause I was little & busy going to school. They were my best friends & I wanted to go to sleep outside with them cause I loved their company so much. They just want to love you. Love.......
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