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Is This Typical for a Havanese??

I've never had a Havanese before and really only have read about the breed online and info I got from breeders. I've never actually been exposed to any. I'm wondering if Willow is typical of a Havanese. She is now one year old and weighs only 6 lbs. She is also soooooo full of energy. Wants to play all the time when awake. Her coat is quite wavy - not silky smooth like I'm seeing in a lot of your pictures. It is very silky to the touch however. She can get very sassy when she doesn't get her way. She will sit in my lap sometimes but is not much of a cuddler. She also puts everything in her mouth. Rocks, sticks, deer poop , pinecones.

We just got back from a camping trip and there was another Havanese in the campground. His owner and I were comparing and she said that Sparky was 2-1/2 and still crazy wild. I was hoping Willow would settle down as she got older. Now, another couple in the campground dog sit for a one year old Hav and said he weighs 17 lbs. and is just a lover and pretty laid back, which I wish Willow was more of.

So, do you think Willow will ever be a little more calm and quiet as she gets older? Everyone tells me it's just because she is still pretty much a puppy and to give her another year or so, but I'm a little worried after talking to Sparky's owner. Also, does 6 lbs. seem awfully small to you? I've read that their coat changes as they get older. Sparky's coat was quite a bit heavier and thicker than Willow's and didn't seem nearly as wavy. His cut was much shorter though.

I'm just wondering if Willow's characteristics are typical for the breed. Thanks!

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I've never had a Havanese before and really only have read about the breed online and info I got from breeders. I've never actually been exposed to any. I'm wondering if Willow is typical of a Havanese. She is now one year old and weighs only 6 lbs. She is also soooooo full of energy. Wants to play all the time when awake. Her coat is quite wavy - not silky smooth like I'm seeing in a lot of your pictures. It is very silky to the touch however. She can get very sassy when she doesn't get her way. She will sit in my lap sometimes but is not much of a cuddler. She also puts everything in her mouth. Rocks, sticks, deer poop , pinecones.

We just got back from a camping trip and there was another Havanese in the campground. His owner and I were comparing and she said that Sparky was 2-1/2 and still crazy wild. I was hoping Willow would settle down as she got older. Now, another couple in the campground dog sit for a one year old Hav and said he weighs 17 lbs. and is just a lover and pretty laid back, which I wish Willow was more of.

So, do you think Willow will ever be a little more calm and quiet as she gets older? Everyone tells me it's just because she is still pretty much a puppy and to give her another year or so, but I'm a little worried after talking to Sparky's owner. Also, does 6 lbs. seem awfully small to you? I've read that their coat changes as they get older. Sparky's coat was quite a bit heavier and thicker than Willow's and didn't seem nearly as wavy. His cut was much shorter though.

I'm just wondering if Willow's characteristics are typical for the breed. Thanks!

Jackie & Willow
Most of what you said about her behavior is typical of any puppy of any breed. At one year old, that's what she still is… a puppy. It's VERY likely that she will calm down over the next year. That said, there is a range of personalities within every breed too. To still be crazy wild at 2 1/2 is unusual for Havanese, but, as I said there are a range of personalities.

Not all Havanese are all-the-time lap dogs. Kodi isn't. He wants to be NEAR me all the time, but not necessarily on my lap. Accept her for who she is.

Six pounds for a full grown Havanese IS on the small side. She is probably under the standard at that size, but that makes her no less wonderful as a pet. (at one year she COULD also still grow a bit) A 17 pound Havanese is on the other end of the size range. That is a large Hav, though he might still be within standard… that's my Kodi's weight, and he JUST makes the height limit for the breed. There are even purebred Havs that are well over that size, though, again, they are out of standard, and could not be shown. Just like with the occasional little one that shows up, it doesn't affect their quality as a pet one bit! Some people enjoy having a tiny one!


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She is now one year old and weighs only 6 lbs.
I was 12 lbs at one year, but then again I am a male. She is a little small at that age for the breed but not alarmingly so. The breed standard is around a minimum of 8 lbs at adult age. She will probably continue to grow a bit more.

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She is also soooooo full of energy. Wants to play all the time when awake.
Normal........very normal. But she will slow down as she matures.

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Her coat is quite wavy - not silky smooth like I'm seeing in a lot of your pictures. It is very silky to the touch however.
Normal. She is still in her puppy coat. Her adult coat will emerge in 6 to 12 months from now.

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She can get very sassy when she doesn't get her way.
Ja, ja, ja! Normal as far as I am concerned.

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She will sit in my lap sometimes but is not much of a cuddler.
Normal for me. I have 2 to 6 foot rule. I am inseparable from my Popi and Momi, but it is always within that 2 to 6 foot range.

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She also puts everything in her mouth. Rocks, sticks, deer poop , pinecones.
That's not normal? That's news to me!

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So, do you think Willow will ever be a little more calm and quiet as she gets older?
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I'm just wondering if Willow's characteristics are typical for the breed.
Pretty much.

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Hi,
I too am new to the breed. My pup is 7 months old and not much for sitting on your lap. She is really daring and athletic. She can run, jump, walk on her hind legs, etc. and wants to get you to play all the time. She loves people so much that she can be quite annoying when we want to take a walk in a public place. She pulls toward anyone, male or female, and acts like they are her long lost friend. Of course even though I try to keep her walking, inevitably they stop, ask to pet her, and so it gets encouraged. If something drops, she gets to it in a flash and it's in her mouth. She shreds paper so I know she's a Havanese. Walking her is tough because she's a little crazy and wild and will sometimes cut in front. She is 7 lbs. and does not bite or bark, and doesn't cry when we leave her alone in her gated area. She is really very sweet but super active.
Anyway, she sounds a little like yours.
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Sheba is also super active. She's eight months old. She absolutely loves to run, jump, and play. Sometimes so much so that it makes me a little crazy! I don't think she's particularly wild for a puppy her age, though. Puppies are puppies for longer than you think. They may be all grown up on the outside but they are still babies on the inside.
Sheba likes to cuddle and especially, to have her tummy rubbed. But she'd rather play tag or chase a ball.

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Thank you all for your responses! And Ricky Ricardo, thank you for all your answers and reassurance! I guess there is still hope.

Like Zoe said, Willow loves all people and other dogs. When we were camping, a dog at a campsite could be barking like crazy at us and Willow still would act like she wanted to play. I'm going to have to watch that with aggressive dogs.

Paper shredding? YES! She found the end of the toilet paper roll and you can imagine what happened next.

She is so quick. Also so smart. I'm teaching her to "leave it" and "drop it" when it comes to picking up rocks. I reward her with a treat. She has learned to leave and drop it very fast. However, I'm worried that she will now pick up something to get a treat. I'm seeing her pick up a rock and then immediately spit it out and look at me expectantly for a treat. I try to alternate treats and praise when she obeys, but unfortunately the treats seem to be her favorite reward.

Oh the joys of puppyhood!

Jackie & Willow
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