Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Daisy’s Horoscope!

Strolling through the web, I found a doggy horoscope site. Since Daisy just celebrated her one year birthday on Sunday, March 13, I decided to have a little fun and see how her personality compares against these traits. My comments about how Daisy matches up to her astrological sign are in bold caps:

Baby Daisy, 2 months old, all bones underneath that fur!

Pisces
February 20 – March 20

Sensitive, gentle, intuitive and cuddly – TRUE
Weak-willed, easily led and sulky – Definitely NOT TRUE

LIKES:
…being left alone – NOPE
…lazing and doing nothing in particular – WHEN IT SUITS HER
…learning new tricks – YES

DISLIKES:
…being told off for being naughty – YES, SHE HATES THAT!
…loud noises of any kind – YES, OH YES!
…not having somewhere comfy to sleep at night – DON’T KNOW, FORTUNATELY SHE’S ALWAYS HAD A COMFY PLACE TO SLEEP!

Piscean dogs possess a gentle, patient and lovable nature. YES

One year old Daisy, the crazy, silly, toy-destroying, risk-taking, rule-defying nut we love with all our hearts.

They have many generous qualities and are friendly, good natured, sensitive to the feelings of those around them, and respond with constant tail-wagging whenever they are called. ABSOLUTELY YES!

They are deservedly popular with all kinds of people and other dogs, partly because their easygoing, affectionate, submissive natures offer no threat or challenge to neither man or dog. EASYGOING, AFFECTIONATE – YES. SUBMISSIVE – UHHH, NO. DAISY WILL STAND HER GROUND WITH ANYONE, BE IT MAN OR BEAST!

They tend to just drift along from day to day accepting their world around them and the circumstances in which they find themselves and will just patiently wait for what they want rather than taking the initiative to annoy their owners for it. NOT REALLY – DAISY HAS PLENTY OF INITIATIVE AND DOESN’T MIND ANNOYING US AT ALL! LOL OTHERWISE SHE’S VERY ACCEPTING OF NEW PLACES AND NEW PEOPLE.

They long to be recognized and dislike discipline and confinement. DAISY LOVES TINY, CONFINED PLACES – THE SMALLER, THE BETTER – BUT THE OTHER TWO ARE RIGHT ON THE MARK.

As they are also versatile and intuitive, have quick understanding, observe and listen well, they are receptive to anything new. DEFINITELY.

Intensely loyal, these dogs will always remain a faithful and dedicated companion to their owner. LET’S HOPE SO!

Because of their sensitive nature, Piscean dogs tend to suffer from various forms of skin disease, inflammations, foot disorders and lameness. LET’S HOPE NOT!

So some of these are right, others are way off the mark. Pretty standard for horoscopes, I think! What about your dog – does he/she seem to possess the characteristics of his/her astrological sign?

Strolling through the web, I found a doggy horoscope site. Since Daisy just celebrated her one year birthday on Sunday, March 13, I decided to have a little fun and see how her personality compares against these traits. My comments about how Daisy’s personality compares are in bold caps:

Pisces
February 20 – March 20

Sensitive, gentle, intuitive and cuddly – TRUE

Weak-willed, easily led and sulky – Definitely NOT TRUE

LIKES:

being left alone – NOPE
lazing and doing nothing in particular – WHEN IT SUITS HER

learning new tricks – YES

DISLIKES:

being told off for being naughty – YES, SHE HATES THAT!
loud noises of any kind – YES, OH YES!
not having somewhere comfy to sleep at night – Don’t know, she’s always had a comfy place to sleep!

Piscean dogs possess a gentle, patient and lovable nature. YES

They have many generous qualities and are friendly, good natured, sensitive to the feelings of those around them, and respond with constant tail-wagging whenever they are called. ABSOLUTELY YES!

They are deservedly popular with all kinds of people and other dogs, partly because their easygoing, affectionate, submissive natures offer no threat or challenge to neither man or dog.EASYGOING, AFFECTIONATE – YES. SUBMISSIVE – UHHHHH, NO. DAISY WILL STAND HER GROUND WITH ANYONE, BE IT MAN OR BEAST!

They tend to just drift along from day to day accepting their world around them and the circumstances in which they find themselves and will just patiently wait for what they want rather than taking the initiative to annoy their owners for it. NOT REALLY – DAISY HAS PLENTY OF INITIATIVE AND DOESN’T MIND ANNOYING US AT ALL! LOL OTHERWISE SHE’S VERY ACCEPTING OF NEW PLACES AND NEW PEOPLE.

They long to be recognized and dislike discipline and confinement. DAISY LOVES TINY, CONFINED PLACES – THE SMALLER, THE BETTER – BUT THE OTHER TWO ARE RIGHT ON THE MARK.

As they are also versatile and intuitive, have quick understanding, observe and listen well, they are receptive to anything new. DEFINITELY.

Intensely loyal, these dogs will always remain a faithful and dedicated companion to their owner.LET’S HOPE SO!

Because of their sensitive nature, Piscean dogs tend to suffer from various forms of skin disease, inflammations, foot disorders and lameness. LET’S HOPE NOT!

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Expect the Unexpected – Havachon Secrets

You never know what to expect with any type of puppy you buy, but that’s just part of the fun of getting to know each other! I can’t speak for all breeds of dogs, but there are definitely some unexpected personality and behavioral traits we’ve noticed in our little Havachon puppy so far.

 


I can't believe I was EVER that little! I looked like a furry caterpillar!

 

Picture the scene: We first met our little Havanese-Bichon mix when she was about 10 weeks old. She was just a little fluff ball who hadn’t yet found her voice and sat quietly with a shy little expression on her face.

“Havachons are shy dogs,” the shop owner said. “They’ll play when you put them on the floor, but they’re generally very quiet and calm down as soon as you pick them up.”

This was the first Havachon she had dealt with, so what did she know? Nothing, apparently!

We visited our little Havachon in the shop 3 times before taking her home, and no matter what we did, we couldn’t get her to play. The owner assured us that the puppy was active, but not overly so. “She’s a shy, quiet type,” she repeated over and over again.

 


I'm so big, I take up my whole bed now instead of just a corner!

 

When we brought our little bundle of fur home a week later, she still had that shy look on her face and didn’t move around much. We were concerned that maybe she had suffered some kind of early trauma that had affected her permanently….WRONG! It didn’t take very long for her to come out of her little frightened shell. Within days, we had a scampering puppy whose shyness was only directed at strangers. Now, that’s gone too!

There isn’t a lot of Havachon information around yet, but what there is states that these dogs are shy – that seems to be the most common descriptive word used about them. Our Havachon is 6 months old now, and there isn’t a shy bone in her body. She greets strangers with enthusiasm, seeks out new “adventures” without hesitation, and uses that voice she found with gusto. Shyness is a thing of the past. We now have a puppy who’s very loving, very sweet, and lots of fun to be around. Of all the descriptive words people use about her, “sweet” and “happy” are the most common ones. Lesson learned: Dogs don’t follow scripts; they’re as individual as we are, and what we put into them affects who they become.

“Havachons train fast – in a week, we got her completely trained on the wee-wee pad.” Wow, that shop owner didn’t know these puppies at all! It’s taken the better part of 6 months to get her to be consistent, which I now understand is common – actually, most owners of small dogs, including the Havanese and Bichon owners I’ve talked to, say that consistency took them about a year.

Daisy led us to believe she was trained after we were working on it for a week; the second week was perfect. Then came the slip-ups, the outright refusals to go on the pad, and a back-and-forth period. Now we seem to have reached a completely consistent routine, and all’s right with the world again. 🙂 Lesson learned: Don’t expect that first sign of perfection to mean the training period is over.

Havachons are smart and like to copy their owners. Daisy studies us at work, play, and rest – you can see that little mind working – and after a few months of watching us at mealtime, she started sitting down when eating her own

 

Everyone else sits when they eat, so I will too!

 

breakfast and dinner! She also takes many cues from us when it comes to dealing with new situations. Lesson learned: Be careful what kind of behaviors and attitudes you model, your puppy will pick up on them!

Havachons also like to tower over their environments and survey their territory. I swear, if she had a perch near the ceiling, she’d find a way to get to it, and it would be her favorite spot! For the first few months, when we’d pick Daisy up and put her on our laps, she’d just curl up and enjoy being stroked. Recently, she started standing on our laps, then sitting tall while slowly overlooking every foot of the room, one bit at a time. “It’s my domain,” she seems to say, “I have to make sure everything’s okay.” Only after she studies the room for a while does she finally cuddle up and nap. From those first few months, we expected a dog who was only interested in cuddling, but there’s much more to her than that!

Lesson learned: Puppies evolve as they grow, just like children. They’ll change over time – especially breeds with stronger personalities and genetics – and we need to be flexible enough to give them the space to come into their own without letting them rule the roost!

I’m sure we’ll learn more and more about this new breed as the months and years go by – it keeps things interesting!

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Havachon Personality Traits

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.  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!

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