In addition to their adorable looks, the Havanese temperament makes them one of the most popular of all the toy breeds.
Havanese are extremely bright and social, and provided they receive proper socialization training at an early age, they get along well with young children and other pets.
Lively and inquisitive, Havanese require only moderate amounts of exercise to maintain their even temperament. In most cases, daily walks combined with indoor play and social interaction is sufficient to keep your Havanese healthy and happy.
Unlike some other toy breeds, Havanese typically adapt well to new people, animals, and surroundings. Their compact size, and even disposition make them good travelers, and most Havanese love to accompany their owners on short trips.
Although they tend to be highly social, Havanese don’t require constant attention like some of their toy breed cousins. If neglected for extended periods of time, however, they can become depressed which can lead to mischievous, and even mildly destructive behavior.
Havanese are fast learners, and can be easily trained. For some owners, housetraining their Havanese puppy can be a challenge. But this problem is typically happens only when the puppy was not properly trained, or when house training did not begin early enough. The key to success in house training your Havanese is to start early, and be consistent.
Despite their loveable temperament, Havanese can be strong willed and stubborn if not properly trained. Positive reinforcement of good behavior yields much better results than harsh punishment for bad behavior.
Havanese are hypoallergenic, and non-shedding which makes the breed a great choice for those with allergies.
As with all living creatures, Havanese temperament is ultimately a question of nature and nurture. When given the proper diet, along with ample exercise and socialization, the Havanese is among the loving, loyal and personable of any dog breed.