The Havanese Dogs, national puppers of Cuba, are truly irresistible! Their goofy characters, adorable antics, and wonderful, elegant coat are all their foremost attributes. Known across the world as the ideal lap dog, they really have a lot of positive traits. But hey – nothing is one-hundred-percent perfect, right? There have to be a few negative traits in everything, and the little fluffy Havanese is no exception. So, what is bad about Havanese dogs?

The Havanese is loved across the world as an affectionate pet dog. They are sociable, inquisitive, and fairly smart. To boot, they can be quite bonding and are prized for their silky smooth coats. These pooches are always the prize-winners at grooming conventions! But what happens behind the curtains? We need to take a look at day-to-day routines with a Havanese dog and to see what bad habits or attributes they possess.

High-maintenance coat

First of all, you need to consider their long silky coats. Their hair grows long and smooth, but requires a lot of attention. This means that you will have to regularly wash it, brush it, and groom it – often a few times per week. If you wanted a zero-hassle dog, the Havanese might leave you with a lot of weekly chores. On the other hand, if you rely on the services of a grooming salon, you might find the expenses too high.


Another trait of these doggos is their fear of loneliness. These dogs make solid bonds with their owners, and when they are left alone for prolonged periods of time, they can become stressed out and anxious. It isn’t impossible to come home one day and find your furniture chewed up! This can be remedied with some persistent housetraining. However, the Havanese is quite slow to housetrain and will require a lot of patience and effort.


Excessive barking is another negative aspect. Like many tiny breeds, these doggos simply love to bark. At first, their fierce barks can come off as cute – but they quickly become too much for the neighbors. The Havanese often perch on sofas and chairs in order to look out of the window and bark incessantly at passing strangers. So, if you like peace and quiet during your free time around the house, your Havanese pet might spoil that idea for you.

Shy around strangers

The Havanese can be overly timid and shy around strangers and new, intimidating dogs. This becomes especially true if your pet didn’t have many chances to meet with new people or dogs. In these cases, if the first contacts don’t go as planned, your Havanese might become aggressive or snappy around new faces. To remedy this, be sure to socialize your pet from an early age – once they get used to meeting people and furry friends, it will become a normal occurrence rather than a cause of stress.

Easy weight gain

Last but not least, is a tendency for obesity. The tiny Havanese adores treats and has a true sweet tooth. Especially in senior years, they can put on a few extra pounds they’ll need to shed for the sake of their good health. This means that you will have to pay some extra attention to their calorie intake, and the food that they eat, as well as optimize the amount of exercise your pet is getting.

Still, all these negative traits are balanced right out with the many positive ones! In general, Havanese Dogs make great pets, and will be adored by the whole family!

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