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I am wondering if different lines of Havanese, that is lines from different breeders, are known for having different specific temperament characteristics. The reason I ask is because I visited two different (reputable) breeders, and both have fabulous dogs, but the dogs seemed somewhat different from each other. One breeder's dogs were very energetic and outgoing, and the other breeder's dogs were more calm. This is based on only seeing some of their dogs, of course, but it got me thinking because I ended up choosing a pup from the breeder with seemingly calmer dogs, and she displays similar characteristics. The breeder mentioned her dogs are very "licky" and that definitely seems to be the case. I would have been equally happy with a dog from either breeder, I'm sure, and chose the way I did mainly because of timing/age of pup.

My parents are considering a Havanese (hehe...I've almost convinced them), and I want to tell them as much as possible to help them on their search. So I'm wondering if it is the case that certain lines are known for certain characteristics. If you feel comfortable telling breeder names, or are a breeder yourself, I'd love to know what traits your dogs have that may be characteristic of the lines.
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Havanese are not that big a breed, and many dogs are at least somewhat related to each other. I'd be surprised if there are big personality differences in "lines". OTOH, it could very well be that one of the breeders doesn't mind or even encourages bouncier, busier behavior in her dogs, while another insists that her dogs be quieter and more mannerly.

I definitely think that a bitches general attitude about life rubs off on her offspring, so certainly meet the parents, and make sure you like the way those dogs behave. But I think it would be more the specific parents (or the way the breeder manages ALL their dogs) than a "line".


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I think that would be a hard thing to pinpoint. The whole nature vs nurture thing is going on. It could be that one breeder had a more active household than the other or that you just happened to catch the pups at a high active or inactive time, etc. etc.

What Karen mentions about all Havs being somewhat related is so true. I can't believe how many times someone has mentioned a dog on their family tree and that same dog (or close relative) is on Brody's. Since most people on here are not geographically close to where I am, this always amazes me.

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Maybe instead of personalities of individual dogs in a line, there are characteristics of the breed. My understanding is that in order to breed a Havanese, the breeder must also "show" the dog.
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Interesting topic. In the past, I would notice that people who I know got their Havs from Augie's breeder would describe their Havs the same way that I would describe him. Finn, who comes from a different breeder, is NOTHING like Augie, except they are both outgoing and friendly. I love them both; they are just different.

However, I have three sons. Same mother, same father, raised in the same house. They are nothing alike either!

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I think it has more to do with households than lines. Additionally, as mentioned above, like children, dogs do display their own individual personality.

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Maybe instead of personalities of individual dogs in a line, there are characteristics of the breed. My understanding is that in order to breed a Havanese, the breeder must also "show" the dog.
Oh, there are DEFINITELY BREED characteristics in terms of disposition. Havs are supposed to be outgoing, friendly and fun-loving. And while there are exceptions to every rule, I think that's true of most of them.


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Interesting topic. In the past, I would notice that people who I know got their Havs from Augie's breeder would describe their Havs the same way that I would describe him. Finn, who comes from a different breeder, is NOTHING like Augie, except they are both outgoing and friendly. I love them both; they are just different.

However, I have three sons. Same mother, same father, raised in the same house. They are nothing alike either!
But I think it's the "out-going, friendly" part that is basic to Havs. (ones that are well bred and well raised anyway) the rest is individual personality, and we ALL know what a "personality" Finn is!


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Interesting topic. In the past, I would notice that people who I know got their Havs from Augie's breeder would describe their Havs the same way that I would describe him. Finn, who comes from a different breeder, is NOTHING like Augie, except they are both outgoing and friendly. I love them both; they are just different...
The same thing happens to me.

Bumi is the Calm before and After the Storm. Toby is the actual Storm/Tornado. The best thing is that they compliment each other perfectly!

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The same thing happens to me.

Bumi is the Calm before and After the Storm. Toby is the actual Storm/Tornado. The best thing is that they compliment each other perfectly!
One thing about the Starborn pups is that I think, in general, they are more curious, and probably braver because of the tremendously enriching environment in which they are raised. ...That can be a good thing and a bad thing depending on the day, and your mood!


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