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Question for experienced Havanese Parents

We are considering 4 different breeds of dogs. The beautiful Havanese is one. I have aa five year old, well behaved daughter. Are Havanese dogs good with children? I don't leave my daughter unattended witg any animal, but I want a dog that literally enjoys being around well behaved, supervised children.

What is this "run like hell" attribute that I read about on wiki, about the Havanese?

How much can I expect to pay for a healthy puppy?

Which gender is better?

Are they easy to potty train?

Which gender is easier to potty train?
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Welcome to the forum. No experienced Hav owners here. We're all impostors . The pics you see are fake.

What is this "run like hell" attribute that I read about on wiki, about the Havanese? Catch phrase that someone came up with. ???

How much can I expect to pay for a healthy puppy? Over $1200 generally. But my Molly is seven.

Which gender is better? Male and Female

Are they easy to potty train? Yes and No.


Which gender is easier to potty train? Male or Female.

Sorry, I'm in a crazy mood. But I really don't have any preferences . I'll let all the other impostors give you their opinions. Hope you find what you're looking for.

You might like this video http://animal.discovery.com/videos/d...-havanese.html

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I love imposters! But if a hacanese is that expensivw, i cant afford one.
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I love imposters! But if a hacanese is that expensivw, i cant afford one.
I've really lost touch with prices. Maybe someone knows of less expensive breeders. Worth every penny though.

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I'm not one of the "experts" here, and I hope they chime in, but here's what I think based on having a 3-year old Havanese.

Mine LOVES children. We don't have any, but whenever we see a child in the street he always wants to investigate and is very happy in their presence. He does not like to be tugged hard or poked, but if they are gentle, he is very happy with children.

The "run like hell" or RLH is when they run around in circles like a maniac. It usually doesnt last that long and is quite amusing. I guess it's their way of working off some energy and just being joyful and playful.

Puppies from reputable breeders are usually around $2000, give or take $500. Never less than $1500 in my experience.

Now here is where I am just saying what I think ---on the question of gender. From what I have read, males are sweeter and perhaps more dependent than females. Females might be a little more diva-like. Others may have different opinions most likely. All I know is that my Henry is the sweetest most loving creature in the world and is just like a sweet little baby who wants to cuddle and play all the time.

Potty training - it depends on what you mean by "easy". Henry was potty trained in 5 months very reliably. However, I wont lie and say it wasnt work to get him there. I had to be quite diligent in taking him out every 1/2 hour or hour at first and using the crate consistently. I don't know which gender is easier to potty train. I guess that potty training is a pain in the butt for both genders!

Hope this helps and good luck!

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Oh yeah, what are the other three breeds.?

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Ahhh Nancy ,I think you scared her off with that $2000. How cruel

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The run like hell feels like they got stung by a bee and need to race around the yard, house etc. for a minute or so until they have to catch their breath. Marley usually does it after I give him a bath...up and down the stairs, over the sofa, into one room room, then another etc. etc. It's pretty funny as long as you don't lose any priceless antiques in the process, LOL,

$1200 would be on the low side for a puppy that comes from a recommended breeder, $2000 range more likely. Yes, you can find some backyard breeders or puppy mills that will see you one for $600 or so, but I can only recommend NOT to go that route. There are lots of posts on this topic in the forum, read as much as you possibly can on that before ever going to visit a breeder (temptation to take one home will be way too much to handle, so you need to set your priorities up before a visit).
Potty training took a while with Marley, but after a few months he finally got it and he doesn't ever have any accidents. Having a breeder that sets them up right in that department is HUGE, if they develop bad habits in the first few weeks (e.g. because there are no separate sleep and elimination areas), potty training will be hell.

What are the other breeds you are considering?
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We don't have children at home anymore, but we have 5 granddaughters. Tucker LOVES them and vise versa. He's wonderful with all children and other adults also.

Expect to pay roughly $2,000 for a Havanese pup from a reputable breeder. Well worth the cost. A reputable breeder doesn't make much or any money on her/his pups. They truly love the breed and are interested in improving and bettering the breed.

There's a saying the female Havs love you, but the males adore you. I don't know if that's true or not as I have a male only.

Potty training is different with each one. Some are difficult, some are easy. We were fortunate with Tucker. After 4 mos. he was completely house broken.

I'm one of those people who never liked animals, never wanted a pet, but I fell in love with the Havanese. I'm prejudiced............the Havanese can't be compared to other dogs. They are far superior...........told you I was prejudiced.
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I paid $1500 for mine, from a reputable breeder.

No idea of the male vs female, but my girl has been very stubborn with potty training.

My girl loves my 2 nieces (age 2 and 5). she seems to want to be around kids of any age and is very good with them.

One option might be to get an adult dog from a breeder; one that is already housebroken, and maybe if you talk to breeders you might get a slightly cheaper price on an adult dog depending on the circumstance. You would also be able to assess the adult personality and how they are with children. Another option is a rescue, although you may not be certain of the breeding etc.
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