Do Havanese like to Cuddle?
Are Havanese Dogs Cuddly?
Are you a cuddly dog person? Do you like spending your lazy afternoons with your dog lounging on your lap? If so, and if you are interested in adopting a Havanese dog, you probably want to know how cuddly they are.
You will be pleased to know that while most dogs enjoy cuddles – in fact, I can’t think of a single dog that has ever disliked cuddling – Havanese dogs may enjoy it the most out of any of their canine brethren. These are perhaps the cuddliest dogs in the world.
Not only do Havanese like to cuddle, but they are fun to cuddle. Havanese dogs have silky hair that is wonderful to run your fingers through while you sit together on the sofa. Also, Havanese have extremely expressive eyes. Just one look from your Havanese dog and you will know it is cuddle time. They are practically begging you with their adorable eyes to be cuddled.
Here is some good news for you cuddle-happy dog owners. Havanese need unending affection. Havanese dogs are not the type to lay in their bed far from their owners enjoying their private time. These dogs absolutely love to cuddle, and the closer they are to you the happier they are.
In fact, Havanese must be cuddled! If you leave a Havanese dog alone for too long, they can slip into a horrible depression which will result in behavioural problems and general unpleasantness for the animal. There is a reason Havanese dogs hang around you all day – they always love their families!
What about kids? Absolutely, Havanese dogs love to cuddle with their children’s owners. They will give never-ending attention to anyone who loves them back. They are extremely playful, they love to be affectionate, and they despise independence. If you were in a relationship with a Havanese dog, you would consider it a stage 5 clinger.
Grooming & Cuddling
One of the best things about having a cuddly Havanese dog is that you can groom them endlessly. While it is recommended to groom your Havanese dog at least once a day, you can definitely groom them all day long to their relaxed contentment.
If you find yourself busy around the house, with your Havanese dog trailing at your heels, but unable to stop to focus on giving your dog the cuddles it deserves, the fact that you must groom him or her on a daily basis gives you a great excuse to sit down and do some bonding.
Be sure to have your house stocked with appropriate grooming tools, like hairbrushes, toenail clippers, and specialized grooming brushes. I guarantee you will never get sick of grooming your dog’s shaggy coat. It is a great excuse to stop your busy day and cuddle your dog.
Havanese dogs are extremely social animals. They are most social if exposed to strangers at a young age. When your Havanese dog is a puppy, I highly suggest exposing them to new people and new animals as much as possible. Take your Havanese dog to the park when they are just a puppy, keep a close eye on them, and let them socialize.
If you do a good job of exposing your Havanese dog to others when they are young, chances are they will be very good at cuddling with strangers. You will even find that your Havanese dog tries to cuddle the cat, the hamster, and whatever other animals you might have living in your house.
However, temperament is different from dog to dog. And even though your Havanese, if well socialized, will be peaceful and gentle with strangers that they meet, they can also be slightly conservative. You may notice your Havanese dog a little less relaxed when in a stranger’s lap. You may also notice they are eager to fly across the couch and get back to you, their rightful owner.
While this may seem rude, I would argue that Havanese are extremely loyal no matter what. They simply prefer sitting in your lap rather than canoodling with some stranger.
It is important to keep in mind that all Havanese dogs are different. If you talk to 20 people, they will all have different stories about their Havanese puppies. Because of this, I must warn you that not all Havanese dogs are as cuddly as advertised. Some may be extremely independent and prefer sitting alone on the floor rather than on the sofa with you.
Additionally, you may find your Havanese dog prefers the company of other dogs. You may even find that your Havanese dog prefers cuddling with strangers much more than with you, or that your dog simply wants to be touched and not cuddled. It is not uncommon to find your Havanese dog with a single paw on your leg, just so it knows you are there.
If your dog does not turn out to be a cuddle monster, don’t stress. There is probably nothing wrong with your Havanese puppy, they just have their own individual personality.
Changes with Age
I can tell you that temperament changes with age for Havanese dogs, the same as it does with people. While puppies have more energy and are generally more curious as they explore their surroundings, this can change with old age as your dog matures.
You may find older Havanese dogs like cuddling more. This may be because they grow lazier and more placid with age, because they lose a bit of their curiosity, or because they just get more comfortable with you. It is really anyone’s guess.
The bottom line is that Havanese dogs are sociable, super cuddly, great with strangers, unique with their own exciting personalities, and generally up for a good cuddle.