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Downside of owning a havanese?

Are there any?
Todd and I were at a feed store yesterday picking up more puppy pads for our foster pups and a lady that works there fell for Todd and started asking questions about him.
I started listing off all of the great Hav qualities and quirks then she asked "Are there any BAD qualities?"
I have to say I was lost for words...I seriously could not think of a single thing that I would change about him if I had the I said "nope" and left the

So, are there any things that you wish your Hav didn't do?

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Well, a general downside for some is the grooming. It requires a lot of time and patience to keep them looking they way the should. For me, I actually enjoy the grooming time (except during coat blowing). It's a relaxing down time for us all.

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The only complaint I'd have is that Tucker is so exuberant when meeting people that he won't keep "four on the floor." I really have to work on that, and he's not dependable without me harping on it. I really don't like that part of the Hav, but in everything else I love their exuberance!

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I wish my havs groomed themselves and didn't bring in leaves and sticks on its coat after every walk I also know a few people who have never had toy breeds/companion dogs and may not like that they are your shadow all the time. I think that is an adjustment for people who have had independent breeds. I LOVE it

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Hmm, let's don't feel like leaving the house without them, you become this crazy dog person and earn weird looks, regular brushing/clipping, researching on dog food longer than on your own...
I believe the 'down-side' for most people would be their 'clinginess'. Havanese are very affectionate and interact with their humans a lot. I know that that can be too much for some people. I obviously LOVE that about Pablo (who's a pretty independent, yet passionate dog), but people need to be aware that. You can't just leave them for hours (8+) without a human soul. They need their humans a lot.

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I'm with Amanda, I'd prefer Tori didn't have such a "magnetic" coat, it picks up everything, which only means more grooming Other than that, I'm w/you Eva, they're perfect!


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I just went for a walk with Gryff and his gal pal Maggie the Sheltie from down the street. Gryff was absolutely filthy - I had to wash him in the tub for 10 full minutes and he is still filthy. Maggie will get dried off with a towel and the dirt will just brush out. The grooming is definitely a downside.

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I think the pros certainly outweigh the cons...but if you want to be honest with this woman...

grooming, harder to house train, twig, leaf, dust magnet, and some really hate to be left alone...oh and some are extremely finicky....oh and you can't HAV just one.

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butt washes!!

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Katie hit the nail on the head......butt baths and cling-ons.


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