Okay, so I joined this site because you all seem to know a lot about this breed, so I figured you would give me honest answers.
Here are my questions! You don't have to answer all of them if you don't know some of the answers.
- How are they around people with allergies?
- Is the separation anxiety bad? Because of work and school, it would be left alone for around 5-6 hours each day
- What is your favorite thing about owning a Havanese?
- What do you not like about them?
Hi there to you too ;-)
You'll sure get honest answers, but maybe little biased
, it's a havanese forum after all lol.
Here are my answers, except for allergies, happy to say i don't know what that is
My boy does have SA issues. Someone said her dog didn't developed it because she is almost always home, or something like that..I too am always at home, and I on the contrary believe that's the very reason my hava did developed SA. He is just so used to me being together with him, that leaving him suddenly gets him upset. Its' not bad case of SA, he is not a barker or destroyer if I leave him alone at home, but he gets very stresses (web-cam evidence) and then I get stressed. He only cries from time to time and that's it. I almost never leave him alone because of this. I have two cats so he is not all alone (and since 2 weeks a second hav), but the cats are of no help. In the beginning he even cried when he stayed with other people. It's me that he wants at home. There are other hav's that don't have any SA issues, but I'm not that lucky with mine. So you have to decide what would you do if you do get one who has this issue later on?
Favorite things about havs...they are gentle, responsive, sensitive, they naturally smell like heaven, have the most beautiful eyes in the whole doggy world
, playful, in general not a barky breed, also not a dominant breed, small enough to take anywhere with you, they adore their people, and I could go on and on, but you will find enough of this kind of threads here, so I will jump to the things that I like less lol.
In my opinion because of being a sensitive breed they can sometimes be oversensitive. My dog e.g. don't like parties, big crowds, and he hates loud music (begins to tremble, BUT not afraid of fireworks, how crazy is that!). He gets very anxious if I have an argument with my dh (just normal kind of arguments that I think all people have when they live together, so nothing over the top here).
They can be picky eaters, many are, and this can get you worried.
Potty training often requires patience and time.
My boy is reactive to big dogs, and I know few others who are the same way. Not because they are dominant, it's more fear aggression. You have to be careful them being a small dog breed, that they don't encounter a big dog who reacts back.
Many havs are cuddle bugs, but there're also enough who are absolutely not cuddly and kind of independent. My Fedja is like that. So if you find it important to have a cuddly hav I would advise you to clearly communicate that to the breeder of your choice.
Many havs grow bigger then what people expect them to become, so if 'portability' is important to you again be clear about that.
Like all purebred dogs they have their share of health issues, that's why it's so important to choose your breeder wisely.
Sometimes they can get soft stools and then you have to be willing to give them a butt bath
So, this sounds all so negative lol, BUT i got a second one 2 weeks ago, says enough lol, so my intention is not to be negative but rather honest as you asked for
. Havaneses are beautiful dogs, in and out, but in my opinion not for everyone. They require much love and companionship to feel happy. But it you fall in love with one, I'm sure you will feel very blessed to have him/her in your life. For me personally there is no other dog breed. Wishing you luck with what ever choice you make.