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Is a Havanese a good fit for our home?

Hi there! I'm new to this forum and seriously considering getting a Havanese for our household. I have a few questions and am hoping I can get some good feedback before making my decision. I have a ten year old daughter and a three year old friendly cat. We live in a home with a yard for a dog to run freely in. Are Havanese typically good with children and other animals and how active are they? We are looking for a dog that is somewhat active and likes to go for walks or short jogs to the park. I know some breeds are said to be easier to house train than others; where does the Havanese fall as far as potty training? Does anyone have suggestions for a reputable breeder in or close to Arizona? Thank you so much in advance for your feedback.
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In my opinion the most important things to know about Havanese when determining if they would be a good fit for your home are: (As with anything, there are always exceptions):

1. Havanese tend not to do well if they are left alone for long periods of time. They are companion dogs and really thrive in the company of their person. Many people with Havs work only part time, or out of the home, or are retired or stay at home, etc.. I work full time, but mine comes to work with me.

2. Havanese are known as velcro dogs for a reason. Many like to be by your side (as in right there next to or touching you) as often as possible. Some people love this, other people find it smothering.

3. Grooming - be prepared for it. Havanese have long beautiful hair and it does take some effort/maintenance.

In general, they are a happy, social and lovable breed. Some dogs are higher energy and more or less timid than others so if you want a really active pup that is great with high energy children, it helps a lot to have a good breeder match a pup that will fit nicely into your lifestyle.

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Good advice above and I agree with everything that Tracy has said. I've had Timmy for about a year now and he was very easy to house train, but then again that depends on the dog and your consistency with training. I am a stay at home mom so Tim isn't usually left alone for more then 3-4 hours, once in a while a little longer but I'll have someone come over to let him out. I have two cats, who don't love their little brother, but get along for the most part. Timmy just wants to play with them but they are too "proper" for dog play. I take Timmy for one long walk per day, about 45 minutes to an hour and then a shorter one and some time running around the yard. If it's raining or cold and we don't walk he's okay with that too, but he enjoys getting out.

I can't give you any advice regarding a breeder since I'm on the east coast but check out www.havanese.org/ and they will either list breeders on their site or give you the link to your local Havanese club. Don't forget to read Things to look for in a reputable breeder, under the puppy section. Havanese are getting very popular so you want to make sure you do your homework since this decision could be a 15 year commitment.

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Thank you both very much for the information. I'll keep you posted if we decide to get a Havanese. Thanks again!
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I think smaller dogs are a bit harder to potty train, but once the light goes off, they get it..minus some teenage regression Ive noticed being on the forum over the years, they are very,very smart dogs. They do tend to attach to the main caretaker . If you'd love an adore a companion who is by your side and will even follow you to the bathroom in the middle of the night ..then a havanese is right for you.

Some people get annoyed at the 'velcro' like quality of havs, and they are certainly awful candidates for owners.

I really like that you are doing your research to find the right match for your family, that's just awesome! I wish EVERYONE would do this.

Good luck! and if you do choose a havanese, come back and show us the pics
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I think smaller dogs are a bit harder to potty train, but once the light goes off, they get it..minus some teenage regression Ive noticed being on the forum over the years, they are very,very smart dogs. They do tend to attach to the main caretaker . If you'd love an adore a companion who is by your side and will even follow you to the bathroom in the middle of the night ..then a havanese is right for you.

Some people get annoyed at the 'velcro' like quality of havs, and they are certainly awful candidates for owners.

I really like that you are doing your research to find the right match for your family, that's just awesome! I wish EVERYONE would do this.

Good luck! and if you do choose a havanese, come back and show us the pics
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I've posted somewhere about this before, but yup, Cey follows me to the bathroom almost every time and as soon as I sit, he thinks it's Pet The Doggie time. He will stand up and put his paws on my knees and wait to be petted haha!
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I've posted somewhere about this before, but yup, Cey follows me to the bathroom almost every time and as soon as I sit, he thinks it's Pet The Doggie time. He will stand up and put his paws on my knees and wait to be petted haha!

Ha ha Mine too! It's like he knows he has me trapped!!

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I do work full time, but I do have 3 cats to keep Maya company. They all get along great.
They say that the toy breeds are harder to potty train, but this was not the case with Maya. We bell trained her. Every time she needs to go outside, she will ring the bells with her nose. Its kinda of cute.
Yes, she is my little velcro dog. She follows me every where. When I go to sleep at night she follows me to bed. I have put her favorite bed right next to me on the bed and that is where she tends to sleep.
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Ha ha Mine too! It's like he knows he has me trapped!!


They also really do tend to follow you everywhere, like from room to room - even when you think they are sound asleep! As Kara said, if that's not the type of dog you want or would enjoy, I can understand how it would be super annoying - and, it's such a part of most of their personalities, I really seriously doubt that you could 'train' it out of them. I myself wouldn't want to try - Cey is just so happy to be with us, how could I deny him?
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ditto on the velcro part, they were bred to be COMPANION dogs and that is thier hearts desire, to be with thier person... as much as possible!

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