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Hi I'm Myreen from Iowa and I'm thinking whether a havanese would be a good dog for me and my husband. The main reasons I like them are 1) minimal shedding (I had childhood asthma) 2) small sturdy dog 3) non aggressive, gentle, playful temperament 4) gets along with children (for when we have them in the future).

I previously had 2 shih tzus and a shetland sheepdog/japanese spitz mix but this will be the first time that I'll be the primary caregiver.

I'm a stay at home wife and we have a small non fenced backyard. We don't have any other pets. We're couch potatoes but I think we can manage daily 30 minute walks.

I've been reading up on havanese care, behavior problems and health issues. This site has been very helpful. I would apreciate if you could highlight some reasons why they might not be right for me.

Thank you in advance!
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Don't get a Havanese don't like adorable furry things following you around all day.

that's all I got. lol!

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Hello and welcome to the forum. If you are OK saying goodbye to the couch for a long time, I think a Havanese can be the dog for you. ( Of course, this is the same for any puppy, I think. ) I was a couch potato too but since Ache is home this has changed for good. Puppies love to play and you will be his playmate. A tired puppy is a good puppy so you will need to play, run, play, run... haha Any sacrifice is small compared to the joy they bring. Good luck.

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I will agree with that "couch potato" thing! I lost weight the first six months of having Jack!

Don't get a Hav think potty training is going to take a few days!

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I agree with all of the above! It is all so true but also true that they are definitely worth it. They are a very sweet gentle but playful dog and I would like to add......don't get a Havanese if you don't like to comb hair!

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Don't get a hav if... you want to keep your toilet paper roll in it's normal place.
Don't get a hav if... you want to keep foliage out of your house.

On a serious note - the breed ended up being a little more active than I expected. I know individuals always vary, but reading more about them from actual owners, my experiences seem pretty normal. I didn't necessarily expect them to be a couch potato breed, but I also never expected that she would be able to keep up with me while jogging (and love every second of it).

If you can commit to 30 minute walks daily, that should be more than enough. Just don't expect him/her to lay around on the couch the rest of the time.
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Don't expect a havanese to be off leash in a non fenced yard. They run like hell and when doing so don't come back to their owners. That is a definite heart-stopper until they are trained.
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I just wanted to ask---where in Iowa are you?

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I laughed at much of the above, and agree wholeheartedly with all of it. For me, the most important concerns would be:
  1. Grooming - be prepared to commit time to it or keep them in a puppy cut
  2. Have patience with potty training. It often takes time with these little ones, though everyone's individual experience varies.
  3. Be prepared to make a commitment to them for the next 15 or so years.

Aside from that, I'd be hard pressed to find a reason not to get one.

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I have to say be aware that you will be doing alot of grooming (or paying for one)

There is this little secret the Havanese handbooks don't mention.....BUTT BATHS.....

And despite they say that they are family dogs/good for children, etc. Alot of havs tend to shadow ONE person (the main caretaker) and I've had my kids jealous that she'd rather be with me than with them, not every single hav has that quality, but it is somewhat common.

Overall, all of the work is worth it, to me anyways!

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