Havanese are charming small, yet sturdy dogs who are easy to train and eager to please.
Bred for its family-oriented temperament and loving ways, they become very close to their human family.
The Havanese has a playful, friendly temperament unlike other toy dog breeds. It is at home with young children and other pets and is rarely shy or nervous around new people. Clever and active, they will solicit attention by performing tricks. The breed does not require a lot of exercise.
The Havanese is a very people-oriented dog, often following their humans around the house. They are not overly possessive of their people and do not suffer aggression or jealousy towards other dogs, pets, or humans.
Their love of children stems from their days as the playmate of small children. Unlike most toy dogs, who are too delicate, nervous or aggressive to tolerate the often clumsy play of children, the Havanese, with care, is a cheerful companion to even younger children, and this is no small part of its growing popularity around the world.
Havanese are highly adaptable to almost any environment, and their only desire is to be with their human companions. Because of their strong social needs, Havanese will not thrive in an environment where they are isolated for several hours each day.
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