Personality and Temperament

Personality and Temperament


Havanese are happy, well-adjusted dogs that love to have fun. They can be goofy and even a little mischievous. But they’re so loving that they’re GREAT around children.

The Havanese is a bright and lively little dog who likes to think up his own games and then play them with you.

The Havanese is a gentle and affectionate breed that thrives on human companionship. Your Havanese will often follow you from room to room throughout the day, and he can get very anxious when left alone.

He's intelligent as well, and will enjoy making you laugh with goofy antics, or simply sitting on your lap watching the world go by.

Temperament is affected by a number of factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. Puppies with nice temperaments are curious and playful, willing to approach people and be held by them. Choose the middle-of-the-road puppy, not the one who's beating up his littermates or the one who's hiding in the corner.

They don’t bark a lot but will alert you to stranger danger if someone unknown comes close to you or them – enough to be a mini kind of guard dog.

The Havanese is a small, sturdy dog of immense charm. The native dog of Cuba, he is beloved as a friendly, intelligent and playful companion.

Havanese love sticking by their owner’s side so much that they’ve earned the name “Velcro dog.”

Like every dog, the Havanese needs early socialisation — exposure to many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences — when they're young. Socialisation helps ensure that your Havanese puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.

Amusing Quirks

Havanese may be busy active little dogs indoors but are generally relatively quiet. But every now and then, particularly in the evenings mayhem erupts as they enjoy short rounds of energetic rowdy madcap play. Just all of a sudden, one will take a flying leap off the back of the couch and continue in circles through the dining room, living room and family room tearing around the house like a banshee.

Another thing that Havanese are renowned for is their love of being up high. This is common among cats but unusual in dogs. The favorite resting spot of most Havanese is a high place, like the tops of chairs or the sofa. As young puppies even, they may climb to the back of the sofa where they rest their little head on your shoulder and fall asleep with their paws on your arm.

Paper is a favorite toy for the Havanese, and this clever little breed will go out of his way to find it, even sniffing through the jackets of your guests. Toilet paper, which can give him hours of shredding pleasure, is a special treat. Toss him a roll, and your house will soon look like it's been hit by Halloween pranksters.