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Met my first Havanese today...

She was not what I was expecting/hoping for. She was a bit aloof. She did come to me when I called and was nice enough as I pet her, but while we were there (my kids too) she went and lie down behind a chair. My husband said he even heard her growl a little, though I didn't hear that. I'm not sure how old she was...6ish?

This is not a normal behavior for Havanese, is it? Do moms act a little different with their puppies around? We were playing with her puppies, so maybe that's why?

Any thoughts? Just a little disappointed with my first Havanese experience, though the puppies were totally adorable and I would have taken a particular one home in a second!
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My Zoey doesn't really like everyone she meets. Kids scare her a bit. The mother was probably protecting some. I have heard of a few on our forum who didn't bond with certain people. What is important is that the breeder really takes the time to love and socialize them at that early age.What age does she let them leave?

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Moms are absolutely protective of their babies. It's one of their jobs. It eases off as the puppies age. A Mom with little babies is in no way a fair representation of the breed.

They will vary from individual to individual, but their main job is to make you happy.
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Try meeting several different Havs rather than basing your decision one this first one. My Leo has never met a stranger. He has a rock solid temperament and is great at discerning whether people want to interact with him or not. If they do he's game and if they don't he's fine with that. Nothing flusters him, he's always happy and a little cuddle bug. Others are more reserved. Be honest with the breeders you are working with about your expectations. That will give you the best chance of finding the perfect Hav for your family.


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She was more than likely worried about her babies. Another thing I was reminded when I was looking is that there is a general disposition of Havenese but like anything or anyone else they're still individuals. I would not let the Mom scare you away.

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My Henry is a little fussy about whom he befriends. He loves everyone he knew as a puppy (he's 4 now), and he is curious about absolutely everyone, but new people take him a while to accept sometimes. He will eventually warm up but he's not a stranger's best friend right away. One funny note - my husband and I are both pretty chunky and while Henry can be a bit standoffish with strangers, he accepts almost every fat person immediately! I guess he figures fat people are in his tribe!

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I had the opposite experience in that we absolutely fell in love with our puppy's mom. She was not only a beautiful hav, but her personality was nice too. I cant remember how old the puppies were at the time of our first visit, but she was definitely not fearful or protective.
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I'm not turned off by the breed. I've read too much good of them to judge by her! However, my husband (who, unlike me, hasn't read like a crazy person everything he can find about havanese) wasn't very impressed with her. That bothered me because I want him to be as hooked as me on the breed (especially because of the price vs other breeds). We figured that she is probably a bit protective of puppies. I did like the size and looks, and the puppies were adorable.

Thanks for your replies.

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There is a variation within any breed. I've met all types of havs. I still want one!

I think men, who haven't had a 'little' dog, it's hard to get the first one, not to stereo type, lol... I only have a 1/2 hav, and he makes me laugh every day. he has such a zest of play and life, and he's very quirky, you know the beard rubbing, and scenting himself on random objects.

To be honest, it's different when it's your own pup.

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I think that meeting a Mom and her pups is not a real good indication of how an adult Havanese is. My Laila is normally a lover of new people, but when she has a litter on the ground, she is always "on alert" She needs to know where every one of her puppies is, and that it is safe. I am sure that the Momma was too busy watching out for the welfare of her puppies to be social.

I strongly encourage you to have your husband meet other Havanese - outside of a puppy situation! I am sure he will be pleasantly surprised

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