- Bichon Havanese are cheerful, affectionate and have a generally happy predisposition. They are extremely playful and have a strong temperament. They are the ideal pets and are adaptable to any environment. This is a highly intelligent breed; they learn quickly and are easily trainable which is why they are also known as “circus dogs”.
- They are categorized in IX FCI group – “Companion and Toy Dogs” and they are its true representative. What they love the most is to spend time with their family. They will follow their owner wherever he goes and will be sad if separated for too long. They can suffer from distress if they are often left alone and for long periods of time.
- Their long, heavy coat is gorgeous but it requires a regular maintenance. Many owners keep the coat short because it is easier to maintain. However if the dog will participate in dog shows then the coat must be left to grow to its natural length (long) otherwise they could be disqualified.
- Ideally the coat should be long, especially in the summer because it is a natural isolation for the dogs and protects them from extensive heat.
- Havanese are very adaptable and can adjust to many different environments; from small apartments to large houses with backyards. They also tend to bark when they hear strange noise or someone passing by. The good news is that they do not bark just to hear their own voice.
- American Kennel Club (AKC) has rated them as the one of the most desirable breed for apartments, especially for tenants.
- They love to observe the world from high places. They tend to climb the highest position they can find where they can relax and nap.
- They are lively little dogs that require every day walks and playing. Their favorite toys are papers and plastic bottles and their favorite game is the evening run around the furniture.
If you want to have a healthy dog never buy the puppy from irresponsible sellers. You should always find a legitimate breeder/kennel that cares for the pups and raise them in a healthy family environment. When buying the puppy insist to see it’s mother and father and observe their temperament, personality and behavior, for your puppy will most likely inherit it from them.