Originally Posted by bearydiva
I'm new here and am thinking about getting a Hav. I'd like to know if separation anxiety is prevalent in the Hav Breed? Could this be prevented if the puppies were left with the mother longer - say until 12-14 weeks old?
I'm interested in learning all I can about Hav's.
I do think it is way more prevalent for the breed. Havanese fall in the "companion" dog category based on characteristics just like a Hound dog has characteristics to hunt, just like Bird dogs have the intrinsic desire to hunt birds, some breeds are more intrinsic herders, etc.. Alot of the toy breeds are wired to be companions and Havanese take that job very seriously! I have a companion every time I go to the bathroom.. LOL.. But with that said, there are quite a few members here who manage to work and successfully raise a hav, there are quite a few other members who end up getting TWO havs to keep each other company while they are at work, that seems to help in some situations but I know that isn't a practical solution for everyone.
My dog has very serious separation anxiety, I had to leave for 36 hours on Monday and according to my family, she slept at the front door the whole time (even at night) my husband tried to bring her up to bed a few times and she kept running to the door to sit and watch for me
She is almost 7, so she is pretty set in her ways and since Im' fortunate enough to work from home some days and then take her to work with me on other days, she spends very little time away from me, but I know how it feels to see them so upset
I think there are quite a few success stories on here regarding working homes, but they really do prefer to be with their human companion or around others.