This beautiful companion breed is one of the most loyal little dogs around.
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This beautiful companion breed is one of the most loyal little dogs around. The Havanese is a lively dog with a huge personality, an energetic nature and an unconditional love for their owners, and their laps!
Havanese Facts and Information
Don’t be fooled by size, this wee dog can certainly become an ace in the training ring. They simply adore learning new tricks and despite their little legs do very well in dog sports such as agility. They love to please and work beside their owners making them a wonderful training companion. Like with all breeds, consistency and variety is the key to keep training fun and interesting. The trick with the Havanese is not to over-indulge them and ensure you stick to your guns when it comes to manners and rules. Those adorable eyes have a way of convincing you to bend, in other words, the Havanese is a master at training humans! Early socialisation is important to consider as many sights, sounds and experiences as possible during puppyhood. Puppy-preschools are a wonderful way to introduce your Havanese to the big world while also undertaking some basic training. They are an energetic breed and will require a good daily run, so teaching a solid ‘recall’ command is vital to allow your grown dog to stretch their little legs.
Most Havanese owners enlist in help from a professional groomer to keep their dogs looking their best. So, it is important to add this cost into the budget for caring for your dog. Most owners keep their coats clipped and short, however, if you wish to show your pup then you will need to keep their long coats in top condition with a daily brush alongside a decent amount of care including frequent baths. It is also advised to get your young dog used to nail clipping and handling of the feet, ears and face to allow for easy vet visits. If you are unsure how to clip your pet’s nails ask your local veterinarian to demonstrate at your next check-up.
Despite their small stature this breed does require a good dose of daily exercise to keep them happy and entertained. They love to run and play so consider a brisk walk followed by a good play session or off-leash explore. They will simply love to follow you everywhere you go. First and foremost; they are a companion dog so any activity you are doing, you can be sure your wee dog will want to join in all the fun.
The Havanese is an intelligent breed and loves to please their loving owners. They also hate to be left alone. It is important to create an enriching environment for when they are left to prevent separation anxiety. Teach your young pup that it is OK to be on their own and that it can be fun. Consider rotating toys and treat-ball activities. They can have a tendency to bark so this behaviour needs to be deterred from puppyhood.
The Havanese makes a wonderful family companion, they love children of all shapes and sizes and also adapts well with existing pets. Because they are so small it is important to remind children not to pick them up and encourage sitting cuddles only to prevent accidental injuries. All interactions with children should be supervised. This breed is a fantastic companion animal and will stick like glue to all they love, becoming your little shadow and following you from room to room with total loyalty and devotion.
This breed does not take well to life outdoors, they make wonderful apartment and house dogs, but will become anxious and miserable if left outside all day. He will only want to be indoors with their loving family. Like with all breeds it’s important to offer your pup plenty of shade and cool spots in the summer and warmth in the winter. It is important to note that the Havanese is a companion dog and will not take well to being left alone for long periods.
It is very important to only source your new family member from a reputable breeding establishment, to ensure your puppy is healthy. Ask all the important questions about hereditary problems and ask to see mum and dad. Contact your local breed club and research your chosen breeder. Your breeder should have proof that they regularly test their dogs for genetic diseases and to ensure that the dogs they are breeding from have sound temperaments. It may take a little more time than a quick purchase, but it can save you and your family from unimaginable heartache and pain dealing with a sick puppy.