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Hi there!

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. Sorry that this is so long, but I didn't want to leave anything out!

My family and I really want a new dog. We had a pug when I was younger, and she died a few years back of old age. We wanted a new dog after that, but my mom and I are both somewhat allergic to dogs and I have asthma so my doctor advised us not to get a new dog.

It's been quite a few years since then and while I'm still allergic to dogs, it's definitely not as bad as it used to be. Still, we're looking for hypoallergenic dogs just in case. We found out about the Havanese and we like them, but we want to know the ups and downs of the breed.

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?

If you have any advice or other info please let me know! Thanks
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I am older, no children. Bringing a Hav into your family is like bringing a new baby home, then a toddler. The first two years are busy.

Potty training is long............. Blowing coat is terrible unless you keep a short coat all the time. Havs are a companion dog, so they WILL be right with you ALL the time.

Havs are comical, loving and they are so stinky cute! Puppies are work!!!



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There are a lot of people on the forum with allergies who live happily with their Havanese. I'm sure some of them will chime in.

Positives: They're adorable, comical, loving, sweet

Negatives: They can take longer than larger breeds to potty train unless you're vigilant. They go through coat blowing stage, when they mat from one moment to the last. They require a lot of grooming unless you keep them in a puppy cut (and even then). Some of them have separation anxiety, though none of mine ever did.

In the end, most of us who have them, when adding a dog to the pack, get another Havanese (or two).

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Havanese are little clowns on four feet. They love to be by your side always and will do anything to please you.
I personally did not have a problem potty training Maya. She picked up on it quick as well as with her baic training. I have two cats so seperation anixiety was never a problem. If you do not have another pet, this might be a problem. They only problem I have had with her is the matting of her fur. I keep her fur long in the winter months so it requires constant brushing. Unless you know how to do groom your hav, grooming can be quite expensive. I am happy Maya is part of the family and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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I have dog allergies so I can chime in with a few thoughts.

- Like you I have dog allergies and asthma. Even though Havs are "hypoallergenic" dogs I did have a significant reaction that requires medical treatement. My asthma was dormant for over 20 years and kicked in like crazy almost immediately after I got Eli. It's the saliva and dander (even though it's very low it does build over time in your home). I am working with an allergist to control my symptoms, and hopefully address the allergy longer term. There are long term consequences to the medicine so I hope to get off soon but so far no luck. If you have any concerns about how your asthma or allergies will be affected, try to visit someone with a Hav and see how you respond. If you don't have the means to deal with expense of medical treatment or are unwilling to live with the symptoms, please consider very, very carefully if any dog is for you because it can have a very negative impact on your quality of life. Please understand I'm not trying to disuade you from getting a Hav or any dog, I'm just trying to be truthful.

- I work from home most of the time so I think my Hav never developed separation anxiety. However, he needs to be with me all the time when I'm home so if I lock a door behind me he will scratch to be let in. If you want company in the bathroom then a Hav is for you! He is fine when left home by himself for the day.

- There are so many things I love about. He's so easy going, sweet and funny and cute and irresistable. The list goes on and on. They're lovely dogs.

- What I dislike the most is the expense and time it takes for grooming. Even with a puppy cut, they need to be bathed and brushed often. Also the potty training. It takes a very long time (small bladders :-)

Hope this has been helpful. Good luck with your choice.

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My whole family has allergies but it never stopped us from having pets. I have found that we get used to our own furbabies. At first, you will have to be careful. Frequent bathing is vital. You may have to wear a mask while grooming and immediately shower afterwards.

You probably would need to keep your Hav in a puppy cut. Since they are "lowriders", they drag all sorts of things (leaves, grass, pollen) into the house.

My sis had a pug. I found that I reacted more to him than I do to my Jack. Short-haired dogs seem to be oiler or something. Do you have a friend with a Hav that you could test-drive?

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Oh Lord! I forgot about all the leaves and twigs dragged in the house! Low riders for sure if the hair is longer. You have to have lots of patience, if you don't you will soon learn patience. You have to a relaxed housekeeping style due to these low riders!

And, there is NO privacy in the bathroom!



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Thank you all so much for the answers!

I will definitely try finding someone with a Havanese that I can hang around for a bit to see if the allergies are bad. I don't think they'll be awful- I only get bad allergies around dogs who shed a lot. With most dogs it's just fine, and we are definitely planning to keep it in a puppy cut if we got one.

The breeder we're looking at potty trains their dogs, so that probably wouldn't be an issue. But we'd be willing to put up with it if we needed to train them to go outside. We have a doggy door into our backyard, too

I have just a few more questions, if you guys don't mind...

- How do they get on with other breeds? My doctor said that over time allergies can get worse with a dog, so we should have a back-up plan in case we couldn't keep it. My grandma said she would love to take in a Havanese if we couldn't keep one but she has a dachshund, so we would want to make sure they would get along.

- Where do they sleep in your house? Ours wouldn't be allowed in bedrooms, once again going back to the allergy thing, so would it be okay if it slept in a bed in the kitchen by itself?

- How often do they need to be groomed? We'd probably be keeping it in a puppy cut, and we don't know how to groom ourselves. We just want to know how often we'd have to take it in in get groomed.

Thanks guys!
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Hi there!

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.


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I have pet allergies (and a zillion others) and asthma. I tolerate dogs in this family of dogs (Bichon, Maltese, Havanese, etc) pretty well, but I do get allergies from them. I do notice it a lot while combing him - I always end up with a runny nose and needing to take my inhaler during the grooming process. He does sleep with me though without problems.

Havanese are known as velcro dogs for good reason, they want to be near you. Mine is a total lovebug and is always right there with me. If he's not, invariably it means he's into something he shouldn't be!

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