The Havanese is extremely affectionate, very devoted, and always entertaining. When our dog Mojo gets too warm in the summer, he'll find the nearest cooler and jump right in, even when it's full of ice and water. (picture above). |
They are intelligent and robust which makes them extremely good agility dogs. As natural show-offs and clowns, they are often the center of attention. They thrive on human companionship and do not fair well if left alone for long periods of time. They are excellent with children, playful, yet gentle, however, a small child should always be supervised with any breed of dog.
The Havanese can be a good watch-dog because of their alert demeanor and close relationship with their family. They will react to strange noises, but are not yappy or constant barkers.
People often ask if they like the snow and the answer is simply, they love it. Many Havanese take quite naturally to the water, others not so much. It's much easier if they have access to a lake, but with a bit of effort they will get use to pool. While a saltwater pool is acceptable, clorine can be very irritating to their noses and hard on their coats.
This long lived, very special little dog can bring years of love and loyalty when treated with the kindness and the love they so deserve.
Even though the Havanese is a small breed, actually classified as a toy, they are not a tiny, fragile dog. They may be small in stature, but they are muscular, extremely athletic, and possess great stamina. Mojo use to run five kilometers with my daughters when they still lived at home.