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Havachon Personality Traits

on July 26, 2010

We couldn’t find any information about Havachons anywhere, so we looked up info on Havanese and Bichon personality traits, figuring Daisy would probably be a mixture of both. And she certainly is, and then some. Since there isn’t any good Havachon info online, we thought we’d post some so you aren’t facing the same blank wall we were.

If you’re thinking of getting a Havachon, here are the traits we’ve noticed in Daisy:

1. SMART. Maybe too smart. Loves to outsmart humans and figure things out.

2. Stubborn. Unless and until a Havachon recognizes you as her leader, she’ll do things her way over and over again until she has YOU trained.

3. Willful. It’s her way or the highway, baby. She’ll pursue areas that are off-limits until she finds a way to go there, then she’ll flash you a “see-it’s-mine-now” look.Β  That is, until you teach her who’s Alpha.

4. Loving. Oh, so loving! Havachons become little puddles of mush in your arms, with their soft doe-eyes, frantically wagging tails, and kisses galore!

5. Shy. In certain circumstances, like taking them somewhere new, they can be a bit leery and want to take things slowly at first. But once they trust you, they’ll look to you for guidance and listen when you tell them everything’s okay.

6. Playful! Very playful! They tend to play pretty hard, which is surprising for such a tiny dog. They play like they’re 50 pounds bigger than they are. And their sharp teeth go through everything, from Kongs to Nylabones. Our Shepherd-Husky-Collie mix didn’t shred toys like these little guys do!

7. Cuddly. They just LOVE being held, cuddled, and sleeping in your lap.

8. Happy. Definitely happy!

9. Friendly. We were told that Havachons were shy about meeting new people, but we haven’t seen any examples of that. Daisy is always very happy and excited to meet new people and new dogs.

10. Ham. LOVES to have her picture taken. She’ll actually freeze in place when she sees the camera pointed at her and wait until she hears the “click” before she continues whatever she was doing.

11. Curious. They’ll check every nook and cranny a hundred times just to see what there is to see. Very thorough.

This is definitely a wonderful new mix that I’d recommend to anyone who has the energy to get through the puppy period!

82 responses to “Havachon Personality Traits

  1. lackingfunds says:

    This is such a great post! It’s most useful to hear traits of a breed from a real person who owns that breed instead of a dog breeding website. They tend to say the same things about almost all breeds…I also like #10!!

  2. michele says:

    I have a 4 month old Havachon and we are in love with him. He is the best dog we ever had. I didn’t know what a Havachon was and when I tried to find information, there was so little. I agree with your summary of the personality traits of a Havachon. He is a part of our family and is with us as much as possible.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks for visiting Michele! Yes, Havachons are the sweetest little puppies and very loving too! You’re right, there’s no real info about them out there, which is why I started this blog – to help other new Havachon owners or people considering getting a Havachon understand them a little better. Best of luck with your little bundle of fur!

  3. Tracey Whitfield says:

    Thank for the info. My havachon is almost 11 weeks old and the most precious dog i have ever met in my life. he loves to play and is at his happiest whenever he is with us cuddled up on the bed with us – I love him to pieces

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Nice to meet you Tracey! I agree – of all the dogs I’ve owned (and I’ve loved them all), our Havachon is definitely the sweetest and most lovable. “Precious” is a perfect description!

  4. Carol says:

    Hi! I so love your description of life with a Havachon. We have a 1 yr old, Bailey and she is without question the sweetest pup we have ever loved.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I think “sweet” is the single most common trait of a Havachon. It’s so nice to hear you have one too – most people don’t even know what a Havachon is! We can compare notes! πŸ™‚

  5. I am looking for a havachon, but they are hard to find around here. I live in byron Center, Michigan.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      They’re very uncommon here in NJ too, but I was told by a breeder in upper NY state that they’re much more common there now. Maybe you can find some breeders there? Our Havachon was bred in Kentucky.

    • Oriana says:

      My geography is not too great but I got my havachon from a place called Teapups in Syracuse, Indiana. Nice Nd clean place with great dogs

      • raisingdaisy says:

        We’re on the east coast – here, not too many places carry Havachons yet. They’re a new designer breed, but I’ll bet we’ll be seeing more of them as time goes by!

    • margie cook says:

      HI everyone I just want to add something~ These hybred are becoming a very desired bred Here comes the scary part They are pushing the havachon from parents that DONT care about the pain you & your puupy/dog will suffer with the pain & heart break of losing them or a vet bill that would put you in debters prison. Please please do your home work Check on breeders go to their breeds homes see the parent and where these babies are born & raised for the 1st few weeks get reference.. I raise the Havacons and cant tell you how many horror stories we have heard ..check to see if the breeder have had the parents tested for eyes & knees and hips have them send you proof of the testings ..We have a waiting list for our next litter thats full . so
      Im not trying to promote my havachons babies only trying to educate the buyers what to look out for ..I will try to answer all your question..Gosh!! I hope this helps… not preaching or trying to offend anyone just a heads up okay…. Love this breed too … Margie
      http://www.westcoasthavachons.com there are soom cute pictures of our babies .bragging right allowed RIGHT ????

      • raisingdaisy says:

        LOL They’re adorable Margie! You make some very good points here. It’s always important to check a puppy’s background first as well as the breeder’s; I think it’s awful how some breeders are just in it for the money and don’t care if they overbreed their dogs. I’ll never understand how anyone can abuse an animal like that.

      • Margie Cook says:

        I hope so would love to hear good news about AREO

  6. Margie Cook says:

    Hi!!! new on this site.
    Im a breeder of Havachons in Idaho
    I have 2 (well really 1 the other Havanese girl is way to young to be bred) .We are very small and our Dogs have no idea thay are dogs. we love and care for them as pet children.They had to earned the right to be free in our home (potty) and sleep at the foot of our bed but even if its a king size they choose to sleep in their crates,next to the bed .
    I love this site. a buyer of our Havachon baby sent this to me (thanks Gloria) I read what the puppy owners had to say (very well done) and realized your right!!!! .
    We as breeders havent had that much experence with havachon as adults .(except when they come and visit us ..We love seeing the changes in these babies..You see you cant breed a Havachon to a havachon .
    We start with healthy,beautiful pure bred Havanese & Bichon’s.. so we dont own a havachon dog but what we do know is that those first 8 to 10 weeks of their life is SO important . I would love to get permission to post your article on my site…. given credit where credits due
    thanks for the education everyone … hugs from us.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Margie! Thanks for the lovely comments. Havachons are hard to find in the northeast, we just happened to see one in a shop and immediately fell in love with her. You can definitely post my article on your site – I’d appreciate a link back, if you don’t mind. I’d also be happy to post a link to your site as well. It’s nice to “meet” a Havachon breeder! πŸ™‚

  7. Oriana says:

    Thanks for all the info. I have a 4 month Havachon that we also named DAISY! she is everything you have mentioned.

    It’s funny cuz I always said she’s a 50lb dog stuck in a 3 lb body. Do you know how big havachons get? Or is it just dependent on their parents? It seems ours will be pretty small even though her parents were 8 and 10 lbs.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Oriana, and thanks for stopping by! It’s always nice to meet another Havachon owner, and especially one with another Daisy!

      Our vet and the breeder said that Havachons typically get to be 12-15 pounds. If one or both of your puppy’s parents was a miniature or teacup breed, then your Daisy will probably be smaller. But you’re right, they’re small dogs with BIG personalities! πŸ˜€

      • Dee Malina says:

        Hi, my Zoe is 3 years old and weighs 12 pounds. Vet said she is a little bit overweight. So, we have cut back on the treats.

      • raisingdaisy says:

        That’s interesting – my vet said our Havachon should be between 12-15 pounds, but no more than 15. So far we’ve been able to stay in that range.

  8. Jackie says:

    I just got a 10 week old Havachon puppy from a breder who could not sell him because he has a Heart Murmur I have had him 2 days now and you would never know is to look at him he has anything wrong other then he tires more easily. The night I brought him home he pottied on the floor twice and had to be corrected now he only goes on his potty pads or outside so he’s super smart very impressed with him already. Your site was very helpful and I have already seen some of these traits in my puppy.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I’m always so happy to hear from another Havachon owner! Yes, Havachons are very smart and full of personality. Sometimes dogs outgrow heart murmurs – I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your puppy does too. My friend got a 10 week old Westie with a heart murmur, but his vet said it could go away over time. Sure enough, it went away several weeks later. From what I’ve read, dogs who have heart murmurs all their lives can still live to nice old ages, but their owners just have to make sure they don’t overtax them physically. It sounds like you’re already noticing your pup’s limits, which is great. I wish you all the best with your Havachon – you’re in for years of cuteness and laughter! πŸ˜€

    • Margie Cook says:

      good for You love it Your a real special person and have a wonderful pet Hurrray for you

  9. michelle says:

    I am thinking about buying a Havachon. Can you tell me any negative about the breed. How was potty training?

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Michelle, and thanks for visiting! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, but I was on a blogging hiatus for the holidays. πŸ™‚ As to your question, we found potty training a bit difficult because Havachons do have a strong will and can be stubborn. That said, once we finally got our pup trained, she stayed trained. It took between 9-12 months for her to be completely housebroken, though the first three weeks were the roughest. After that, she had the general idea of what she should do, but she wasn’t consistent until the 9-12 month time frame.

      One point I can’t emphasize strongly enough is that Havachons respond best to positive training, probably because of their strong wills – using treats as a reward trains our dog very quickly; this breed is VERY smart. We used Jan Fennell’s training methods, which work very well for Daisy. Consistency is key, because Daisy will backslide and try to do things her way if we aren’t consistent.

      Three discipline techniques Jan Fennell suggested that worked very well for our Havachon were: using a sharp noise such as a whistle (we hit a metal pot lid with a spoon) when the dog misbehaves stops her on the spot – they don’t like sharp sounds; designating a room as the “naughty room” where you put the dog for a few minutes when they’re naughty worked well too because Havachons are cuddlers and want to be close to you; turning your back on a Havachon and refusing to give them attention or look at them for a minute when they misbehave also works well.

      Even with all that in mind, we’d get another Havachon in a second. When the discipline issues are written out, they may sound like a lot, but Havachons are WELL worth it and discipline certainly isn’t a constant struggle – most of your time will be spent in positive interactions. They communicate clearly, they’re very loving and super sweet, they’re LOTS of fun and love meeting new people and other dogs. They like to snuggle up and love sitting on your lap, and they’ll always give you lots of laughs. I definitely recommend them! πŸ˜€

  10. Fancy says:

    THANK YOU! We just bought our Havachon home today!! He is so cute (writing this before our first night!!!) and adorable, We named him Drayton and purchased him from a breeder in CT. (she still has more) She mainly has bichon frisse and when we called and gave her information on our family, she was quick to recommend our puppy (1/4 Havanese and 3/4 Bichon). Looking forward to seeing how he grows :).

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Congratulations on your new puppy! I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun with him – if you ever post pics of him, let me know, I’d love to see them! Daisy was very shy and quiet when we first brought her home, but once she got more comfortable in her new home, her personality emerged and the fun began. πŸ™‚ These are really smart pups and you’ll start to understand each other soon (you’ll see what I mean as time goes on!). Hope you enjoy Drayton as much as we enjoy Daisy!

  11. Susan says:

    Hello, I am the proud owner of a 13 month old havachon. Riley is a wonderful dog. He has the energy and sportiness of a retriever in a 15 pound, fluffy body! He is smart and playful but definitely has a dominant personality. We found a water squirter was the ideal deterant for negative behavior. We just have to pick it up now to stop him in his tracks. we “potty” trained him easily by teaching him to ring bells hung on the door when he needed out. He has never been shy, and prefers not to be alone, but is able to stay alone for 6.5 hours a day without signs of stress. He chews anything and everything so an abundant supply of suitable “chewies” is a must! I hope you enjoy this fun, lovable mix breed as much as we do!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Riley sounds great – a real Havachon! Yes, we adore our little Havachon and we’re enjoying every minute with her. I hope to see more of this breed, it’s a wonderful mix!

  12. Aero says:

    I just my Havachon home yesterday . Loveeeeee it so much already . fell in love with himas soon as I saw him. call him AERO.
    He is my first dog of my life . I know nothing about dogs , how to train them and so on.. Wish to learn , learn for him. Nay hints , point s, guidance are welcome .
    He goes for Potty quite a few number of times, is that normal? how much should I feed him? he is running 12 weeks now .

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Congratulations on your new Havachon! They’re such sweet, lovable dogs with lots of personality. The same thing happened with us – it was love at first sight. πŸ™‚

      The best way to start out right is to take Aero to a good vet (avoid the “corporate chain vets” like Four Paws, who nearly killed our puppy [https://raisingdaisy.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/the-vet-that-nearly-killed-our-puppy/]) – the vet can tell you how much to feed your puppy, what’s normal, and what to avoid. A good quality puppy food is important to get any pup off to a good start. There are also a few good training books and videos out that you can get from your library, bookstore, or online – we preferred Jan Fennell’s methods. They’ve worked beautifully with our little Havachon, Daisy.

      Good luck with your new puppy! I’m sure Aero will bring you years of happiness and laughter. πŸ™‚

  13. Aero says:

    Thanks so much !!!
    i was thinking of getting a friend for Aero. The idea of Aero being alone sometimes makes us sad . He is being pampered so much … Which breed of dog will be a good friend of Aero do you think? we wnat a similar type friendly, love at first sight dog ! but he has to be compatible with Aero, a Havachon.


    • raisingdaisy says:

      That’s a great idea, and another good thing to ask your vet. I haven’t done any research into what other breeds might get along with a Havachon – one dog is enough for us! LOL πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  14. Aero says:

    Which brand pf food is the best for Havachons? i want to change the food that came with my puppy. Please suggest . the groomer at pet store and also my vet said the food my aero has now is not so good and that might be making his skin dry. I would live to have a soft and silky fur on my Aero. pls suggest . there are so many brands available I am so confused … the food with lamb, chicken, turkey , duck, brown rice , potato mind boggling ..please suggest … Thanks So much .

  15. Aero says:

    I have a question or worry. When I feed my Aero , after few minutes , he gets very very very active , runs around , almost like a crazy.. after an hour or maybe less he gets so tired , just lies down .
    i do not know , what is it , is it because he is small like 12 weeks old, or it is a sign of any problem ? or something to do with food? is it normal for puppies to get tired like that? whta brand of food do you feed your Havachon?

    • raisingdaisy says:

      We feed Daisy a brand of dog food called “Simple Natural”. It’s approved by the AAFCO, which is an important endorsement – check out their site at http://www.aafco.org. Daisy eats the adult Simple Natural Lamb and Oatmeal; she’s allergic to chicken and any other fowl (like turkey). Every dog is different, so you may need to try different types of food until you find one that works best for Aero, but as long as you’re buying a quality dog food, you’ll be on the right track. Some small pet boutiques have sample sizes of different foods that you can try, but introduce them slowly so you don’t upset your dog’s stomach (you can find guidelines for this online). I’m not a vet, so I don’t know the answers to the rest of your questions. Hopefully your vet can help (if not, you may want to try a different vet. They can usually suggest possible reasons for anything problematic.) Good luck! πŸ™‚

    • margie cook says:

      I bred the HavaCon’s ..Im thinking that the best thing is to get Areo Into a vet for checking It might be a real CONCERN . also get hold of your breeder and ask for the names of the other puppy buyers of that litter to see If they are having the same qualitys this baby is showing
      Yes Corn & Wheat a BIG no no Margie

  16. Laurie Riviello says:

    Wow! So happy to have found this blog! We have had our new Havachon puppy whom we have named Saucy for about 6 weeks! She is everything you described but to the 10th degree! I am a retired hospice chaplain and I thought I would have the energy to handle a puppy… Holy cow! Willful, determined … You are sure right! Adorable, precious… And sometimes my husband and I wondered when she is tearing and leaping through the room if she might be just a bit possessed. She is hysterical. Yes, slow on the potty training . We also bought a back door bell but right now she would just rather eat it! LOL but she is a joy and we sure do love her, and such a show stopper she is on our walks! Thanks for this blog, …such an affirmation!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Congratulations on your new Havachon puppy! Saucy is an adorable name. Havachons really are a wonderful new breed, so full of life, love, and joy. And a bit too smart as well! πŸ˜‰ They certainly do bring lots of laughs into a home; even when Daisy does something mischievous, it’s either so funny or so cute that we end up laughing despite everything! πŸ˜€ Thanks for your kind comments, I’m so glad you like our blog. πŸ™‚

  17. Laurie Riviello says:

    I know that Saucy is still a baby but she is so willful and determined to get into things she shouldn’t. I have puppy proofed as much as possible but then she resorts to grabbing pant legs or biting at trash cans. “no” or “leave it “, are words I use – and I am sure she understands what I mean but she really doesn’t care. I hate to break her spirit by giving her time out after repeated offense yet she is relentless. Does this away as she matures? ( are you laughing!)

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Not so much laughing as smiling and nodding with complete understanding! Yes, Havachons are quite willful and always want what they can’t have. We used Jan Fennell’s training techniques; we liked them better than Cesar Milan’s because he likes a dog to feel subservient to his owner, and we don’t care for that. Jan Fennell’s techniques are simple and get results pretty quickly – her training makes the dog understand that you’re Alpha in the “pack”, which makes the dog respect you. We borrowed a ton of training books from the library and Jan’s techniques worked best for Daisy. You might want to see if your library has her books – I think last year she published a new one especially for puppies, but her other book, “The Dog Listener” worked just as well for us. We coupled that with Paul Owens’s DVD (also from the library) on training for things like “sit”, “stay”, etc. and his techniques worked immediately.

      We stopped Daisy from biting our pant legs and shoes with Jan’s technique – when Saucy bites your pants, you yipe in a loud, high-pitched tone like a dog would and turn your back on her. This is how dogs communicate “don’t do that again” with each other and it does get through. You keep your back turned for a minute – they don’t like being ignored and don’t want to continue the behavior that causes it. Daisy stopped biting within a few days once we started that.

      When Daisy would go after things she shouldn’t, both Jan and our vet recommended using a brief, sharp whistle burst to stop them because they don’t like loud sounds. We didn’t have a whistle and were desperate to try something immediately, so we hit a metal pot lid with a metal spoon. Boy, did that work like a charm!

      And take comfort in knowing that Daisy, though still feisty, did show some signs of calming down by age 2! πŸ™‚ Hope these things help – let me know how you make out!

  18. Aero says:

    your comment and advice are always so useful!!!. I find them so useful in raising Aero!
    One more advice .. how many times is a good number of times to give Aero bath ?some say once in 2 months , Petsmart people say twice in a month (is it because I take him to them for grooming and bath ? Generally what is good for them , with their kind of furcoat? can we use any pet perfume/deo.. or any other products to keep then clean, nice smelling , any alternative to giving bath? My vet also mentioned , more baths make their skin dry !!! Any suggestions /ideas..

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Glad I can help! Every dog is different when it comes to the frequency of baths they need, so I’ll tell you what we do with Daisy as a starting point for Aero. Our vet had told us that because Havachons have hair instead of fur, they should be bathed about once a week (dogs with fur don’t need as many baths); of course, it also depends on the climate and humidity where you live. We found his advice to be right during the warmer summer months because Daisy can get a bit smelly by the end of the week (especially if she’s been outside a lot) and her hair starts getting oily. We bathe and groom Daisy at home, so through trial and error, what we found works best for Daisy is weekly baths in the summer and a bath every other week in the winter. Also, we use a moisturizing shampoo on her body and a tearless shampoo on her face and head (we haven’t found a shampoo that’s both moisturizing and tearless). With this frequency, we don’t do anything else in between to keep her fresh because she really doesn’t need it, so I don’t know about any pet perfumes or bath alternatives. Hope this helps!

  19. Aero says:

    Thank you so much!!! Havachons have hair !! I always though that is fur !! See I learned again.
    I live in Toronto, it is a it cold here, but the frequency of bath is important piece of information. I think i have to adopt similar . Aero gets a bit smelly by second week , but then he is not outside so often . And when he is , he runs straight to the dug put soil in our garden . those days I strongly felt he needed a bath, but was scared to give him one . I feel so much better now after knowing Daisy gets a bath every week without harming the hair .In summer Aero will certainly need more frequent bath!

    Thanks so much !!!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      You’re most welcome! The key is to watch for excessive scratching after you start bathing Aero on a regular schedule. If you notice him scratching more than usual, it could be dry skin. That’s why I find moisturizing shampoo and less frequent bathing so important for Daisy in colder weather. πŸ™‚

  20. Judi says:

    We will be adopting a 8 week old havachon puppy in late dec. or early jan. we are sooooo excited even though she hasn’t, benn conceived yet. We lost our 16 year yorkie, alibear 2 years ago and are now ready to love again. Found a great breeder in FL and will visit her in a few weeks. Thanks for your blog…. I am computer illiterate.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Judi! How exciting that you’re soon to add a sweet Havachon puppy to your family! They’re such a fun, loving breed, and extremely smart. Daisy is such a joy that I don’t know that I’d ever want any other breed in the future. Best of luck with your puppy – I’d love to hear back from you once you have her! πŸ™‚

      • judi says:

        Daisy sounds like a lot of fun. I really don’t remember Alibear’s puppy taining as being difficult so we are hopeful this won’t be tto bad. It’s like waiting for a new grandchild but this one won’t say drive me, buy me or make this for me. Really do love our grandkids. Where do you all live? We will be leaving our Summer place in MD and heading home to Sun City Center, FL.

      • raisingdaisy says:

        We’re in NJ. Our little puppy came from a breeder in Kentucky; so far we don’t know of any Havachon breeders near us. We hope there will be some by the time we’re ready for another! πŸ™‚

  21. Jan Hudaj says:

    I have a Havachon puppy, it’s our third week with her.Her name is Stella,and she is 10 weeks old and boy she is sweet but a hand ful. I have had many dogs and different breeds, she is right up there with our late airdale, I will try the book by Jan at the library, sounds like peope have gotten good results. I’m glad I found your site and will be following it on a daily basis. Thank you all I feel so mush better, I’m not alone!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Jan! I wish you all the best with your new Havachon puppy Stella! Yes, they can be a handful at the beginning – until they accept the house ground rules – but they’re sure worth the effort. They’re endlessly loving and lovable, extremely cute and very smart. While they try to get away with doing things they’re way (which becomes pretty darned funny!), they’re also extremely eager to please. I’d get another Havachon in a second; of course, this time we’d understand the intelligence and stubbornness of the breed, so it would be a little easier! So nice to meet you! πŸ™‚

  22. Jan Hudaj says:

    Hi,I’m writting again to see if anyone elese could tell me if any one with a Havachon finds their puppy is very agressive at bitting to the point of growling that does’nt seem like a puppy would normally not do. It kinda worries me a bit, I have not had a puppy in 15yrs. so I kinda forgot how they were, I don’t remember any of my pups of many breeds ever being this agressive before.How do I stop her of this? I have puncture wounds on my arms and ankles. She does not like the word no or putting the palm of my hand out to say stop. When she gets rough she’s too rough. Is she just puppy playing and biting because of teething? Please help me. thanks

    • Margie says:

      Jan No dont let her bite you in any way even just playing..Or teething She may be thinking that you are playing too. In a very low voice SPEAK NO! dont yell, this only makes them more excited.
      YOU MUST BE THE ALFA ALWAYS when she is playing and bite’s you ,tell her NO and give her a chew toy..make sure she is getting exersize. Have you spoken to the breeder to see if the parents show these traits

  23. Kay Fitzke says:

    Thank you so much for your site! We have a havachon male who is 10 months old. His name is Talon. We have never had a dog like him before so we are learning as we go. Yeah potty training was rough but we survived. Now he is just one of the kids. We keep him on the same schedule as them. We love him and wouldn’t trade him for anything!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Kay and thanks for visiting! Havachons are such a wonderful breed; with all the dogs we’ve had, none were at all similar in any way to Daisy. It’s been a learning process as much for us as it has been for her, but we wouldn’t change a thing about this breed. Even their stubbornness can be cute! And they’re so loving, sweet, and smart. We’d get another one in a heartbeat.

  24. Margie says:

    Daisy, I hope everything is Okay, with all of our East coast friends and Havachon dolls We are thinking & sending safe thoughts to all of you….. watching Sandy the storm on fox
    Hay! Happy Birthday mommy from us in Idaho

  25. Get Daisy an agent. That photo pose and what you wrote is so cute. Give her a rubbie from her new fan, who loves dogs. We have Max & Bella. Happy I found this site. And, thanks for stopping by mine. Paulette

  26. I was joking about an agent, in case it came across serious. Not in favor of putting animals through the rigors… just wanted to make the point how cute she is. πŸ™‚

  27. maddy says:

    They are so cute I know cuz I am getting one for Christmas. My name is Maddy, I am nine, my mom and I have found you’re site to be very informative.we found this breeder and went to her home and met the mom and dad to my new puppy. she says it is very important to spend time socializing with the puppy before they send her home with me so it likes to be around people. I am so excited thank you for the info for my Havachon

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Maddy! How exciting that you’re getting a puppy for Christmas! I know you and your family will love your little Havachon, they’re so very sweet and so much fun. Let us know what you name her!

  28. Jan says:

    Love hearing about everyone’s experiences with Havachon dogs. I adopted my rescue dog in July 2013. She was rescued by a Bichon rescue group and her sponsor believed she was a Bichon Poodle mix of about 18 months of age. When found she had just had puppies and was turned in by someone saying they found her wandering the streets. I’ve had a full blooded Bichon and Haley is very different physically from a Bichon. She has big feet, heavy muscle structure in her legs and golden brown eyes and a brown nose and snow white curly hair. She has a magnificent personality. Her energy level is over the top. She loves to play fetch and patrols the back yard, chasing and barking at birds. She makes it her daily task to move the garden hose across the patio to the grass and does a number of other assorted activities while I’m at work. She is very smart and brings her toys into the house when asked to do so. She loves to sit on laps and cuddle and gives lots of kisses. She loves water and plays in water and mud both. I’ve been saying she is part “mud dog” but now after reading about the Havachon personality and experiences I believe she may very well be a Havachon dog.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      It sure does sound like Haley may be a Havachon, or at the very least, she probably has a strong mix of both Havanese and Bichon in her. A lot of people mistakenly think Havachons have poodle in them because of their curly hair, and if their facial hair is cut very short, their faces can take on a bit of a poodle look. Haley sounds like a wonderful dog and it’s so heartwarming to hear that she was a rescue who now has such a good home. I love your stories of her daily tasks, especially that she feels the need to move the garden hose every day! That’s adorable and so very Havachon! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for visiting.

      • Bonnie D'Angelo says:

        This is a wonderful site,so glad to have found it! We have a one year old Havachon named Vincenzo or Vinny for short.Previously owned a Bichon,really love both breeds. Vinny is sooo smart,sometimes too smart! He came home at 9 weeks,and slept through the night from that day forward.We also use the bell at the door,and Vinny was not difficult to train at all.He was a quick learner.Things were probably made easier for him because i am home during the day.So we were on a good schedule.Vinny shreds any paper product he can find,as well as ALL stuffed toys. He has the sweetest habit of booping you with his nose; does it if your just sitting down or walking.Kinda a little reminder that he’s there. Vinny is a little shy with people he doesnt know , so we just take a slow approach.Tell people to let him come to them. Our boy makes us laugh every day, he has an amazing personality! We love him to death! We live in Canada but flew to Idaho to get our little potatoe. He is one of Margies babies,who has written on here.The Havachons are wonderful dogs,i would recommend them to everyone.

      • raisingdaisy says:

        Vinny sounds adorable! Margie has some of the cutest Havachons ever, we would definitely want to get our next Havachon from her. Daisy also used to rip all her toys to shreds, none were tough enough to withstand her teeth. But after she turned 2, she settled down a bit and plays more than shreds. She still looks for the weakest point, but she takes her time destroying them now. πŸ™‚ There’s never a dull day with Havachons, they’re always thinking, always figuring things out – sometimes we can actually see her working things out in her mind and then changing her strategy. It’s an amazingly smart, sweet, and loving breed. Thanks for stopping by, I always love hearing stories about other Havachons!

  29. Kimberly S. Allen says:

    I have a female Havachon dearly love her have from the minute I seen her she is 4 months old … How do I train her ,potty ,etc she is very active .. Any info would help .. Thank you

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Kim, and thanks for stopping by! We tried a few different training methods, but Jan Fennell’s worked best for Daisy. Apparently the strong Havachon personality does require them to view us as their “pack leaders”, and once Daisy got that into her head, she was much easier to train. We used Jan’s book “The Dog Whisperer”, but since then she’s come out with a new book that I believe is called “The Puppy Whisperer”. I haven’t seen it, but I’d definitely check it out for our next puppy.

      We didn’t follow every one of Jan’s rules to the letter because we did want Daisy to be a snuggly lap dog, but we did keep the basic “Alpha” training intact. One thing that we’ve found so important in training Daisy and keeping her on track has been consistency. As soon as we ease up on the “rules” – even when we had to when helping her through her two post-surgical recoveries – she immediately takes advantage and we have to retrain her. It sounds like more work than it actually is – Havachons are VERY smart and learn very quickly. I’d get another in a heartbeat. Good luck!

  30. Lisa says:

    Hi, is this still an active board? We have a 3 and a half month old Havachon named Rocky. We’ve always had big dogs (we currently have a 3 yr old Goldendoodle) so this little dog thing is very new to us. The potty training is the HARDEST by far. We’ve made some strides in that but it’s not easy. Our other dogs were easily trained within two weeks but not Rocky. We know it will take some more time so we’re just dealing with it but boy are we tired!! Lol.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Lisa! Yes, all my topics are always active. I definitely understand what you’re saying about potty training difficulties. We were in the same position as you, having had larger dogs all along and then suddenly discovering that having a small dog was like dealing with a whole different species. Housebreaking was the single most difficult thing with Daisy; it took months, but it did finally work. We started using Jan Fennell’s training techniques, and they did help a lot. We weren’t as strict as she recommends because we really want Daisy to continue being a cuddly lap dog and we eased off on some of the things after she was trained, but at least it helped us break through that stubborn Havachon streak! πŸ™‚ Daisy would be trained for a while, then had accidents again (deliberately), and we’d immediately go back to the training routine. Finally she stayed trained. I know how tired you feel, but it will get better – Havachons are extremely smart, and once Rocky knows you’re the boss, you’ll have a breakthrough. It’ll all be worth it in the end – they’re a wonderful breed with so much love and fun to share! Even with the housebreaking challenges, I’d still get another Havachon again. πŸ™‚

  31. Raqui Forrest says:

    My beautiful sweet Bichon named Diamond just passed away from cancer and we are in need of feeling an empty spot in our hearts. We are considering a havachon but I have read that the havanese breed sheds so I’m concern about the Havachon shedding. We have allergies and so we always had a bichon or poodle. Does your havachon shed?

    • raisingdaisy says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about Diamond’s passing. I know how hard it is to say goodbye to a beloved family member.
      A Havachon is a great choice for you because they’re considered “hypo-allergenic” and don’t shed. We barely find a stray hair around the house a few times a year, and even when we brush her, the brush either has no hairs or only a couple. We also have a black blanket covering our sofa so Daisy can sit on it with us, and we never see any hairs left behind – she’s white and gray, so we’d definitely see them. There are never any hairs on our clothes after we hold her. My daughter also has allergies and hasn’t reacted to Daisy in the five years that we’ve had her. I hope this helps!

  32. Jacqueline says:

    My 5 mth old Havachon is extremely shy, skiddish, and lazy. He is extremely loyal to me(too much so, he ignores everyone else). I think he lived at the pet store too long before I purchased him. I am trying hard to get him to come out of his shell and also be more playful.
    We’ve had him a month and he almost seems depressed.
    Has anyone else had a dog act like this? Suggestions appreciated!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Hi Jacqueline, Take a look at Jan Fennell’s books; she has one for puppies now. Her methods worked really well for us with Daisy. She’s a “dog listener” – she studied how dogs react to each other in packs and adapted that to human-dog relationships. Daisy picked up on those cues immediately when we used them, and it helped us help her with a lot of different things (like obsessive behaviors and misbehaviors like jumping on us too much). The information in her books can also help you interpret what different signs you’re seeing in your puppy mean. Jan didn’t have her puppy book out when we first got Daisy, but her book that we got still helped. I remember there was a section about a dog that was overly attached to one person in a family and eventually became too protective of that person. Her methods work really well as long as you’re consistent with them. Hope this helps!

  33. Dee Malina says:

    I just found your blog. I have a 3year old Havachon that I have named Zoe. I will be purchasing Jan’s book as I still have a problem with house training in the winter. There is only the two of us and she had become a little protective. When we walk, she becomes extremely agitated when we approach another dog, snarling on the end of her leash. However, is friendly when she actually gets close to the dog. She goes to the dog park and is very social with all of the dogs, when she is running loose. She loves all humans and jumps in the lap of anyone that will let her. She is such a bundle of joy. I noticed in another blog that a question was ask about the frequency of bathing. I have always bathed Zoe once a week, but have always used a pet conditioner after she is clean. She is all white, so a weekly bath is necessary. Looking forward to hearing more about the best little dogs in the world.

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Thanks Dee! Jan’s book did wonders for us with Daisy – she was hard to house train too. That was where her stubbornness really came out. We also experienced reactive leash behavior with Daisy (she didn’t snarl, but she did jump like wild and screech-bark at passing dogs), and we’re slowly working her out of it with treats, focus and positive reinforcement. I can imagine how sweet and friendly Zoe is, Havachons are a wonderful breed and such little characters! Daisy keeps us laughing with her little antics. πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting!

  34. Jody says:

    Hello! I am so glad to have found this forum. I hope to have a Havachon in 2017. Looking for a Havachon breeder in Washington state. Can anyone recommend one? Thank you!!

    • raisingdaisy says:

      Oh how wonderful for you! I’m sure you’ll love your little Havachon. I live on the east coast, so I don’t know of any breeders in Washington. Wish I could be of help!

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