Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted October 25, 2014
I pet-sat a Havanese for a few days a couple of years ago and loved them so much, I had to get one for myself! Though my dog, Duke, is a mix (his secondary is maltese) he looks and acts much like a Havanese. I'm not sure how much of each breed he has, considering I got him off of Craig's list from someone who found him as a stray in her yard, but I would say that he is mostly Havanese.
One of the great things about this breed is that they are hypoallergenic, non-shedding. We do take him to the groomer once every few months but only because he likes his hair shorter. We do live in Texas, after all! He also gets a daily brushing from my little girls who often think that Dukey is a doll to be dressed and primped. He's perfectly fine with it, however! In fact, he loves my little girls and would protect them from everything.
Despite the fact that Duke came to us as a stray, he has never had an accident in the house. He knows all of the simple commands and comes when he is called. He is extremely intelligent and does whatever he is asked to do immediately.
He is also a cuddle-bug. His favorite spot is the foot of our bed, if he's not sitting on our laps watching TV. He's a very family-oriented dog.
I highly recommend this breed to anyone with pet allergies, anyone looking for a sweet lap dog, or anyone with limited yard space, as Duke does not require a lot of exercise (though he has access to our backyard, he prefers to stay inside.) He is also great with our small children.