is a friendly, intelligent dog that has all the good
characteristics of the Bichon group. The are very attached and
love to be with their family. A Havanese has a nice and sweet
character and he can easily adapt to different situations. You
have to be aware of the fact that Havanese are sensitive dogs.
They will react when you raise your voice out loud. They love to
please their family. They feel the atmosphere and they will act
get along very well with other animals and dogs. They love to
play with children, but they have to be used to them. They are
very enthusiastic when you come home and when you have visitors.
Sometimes, they can bark a bit.
and brave, a Havanese is a strong companion dog. He is a littlle
dog with long hairs that is very agile and active.
You can do all kinds of activities with a Havanese like
obedience, canine freestyle, flyball, dog frisbee, agility.
Sometimes they are used as a therapy dog. A Havanese is an ideal
Becht, Haarlem, 2007, pp. 171-172.
Portuondo Guerra, Bichon Havanese. Interpet publishing,
is much more to say about the character, education and training
of the Havanese. Some important points concernint the behavior
of dogs in general are the rules of the group, the body
language, dominance, calming signals (cf. Turid Rugaas). The
education and training consists house training, clicker training
and basic commands.