Havanese dogs are gentle and responsive. They can also become very attached to their human families and especially with children. Apart from being extremely affectionate and playful, the Havanese has a high degree of intelligence. They are sociable, easy to obedience train, and can get along well with other dogs. They are often sensitive to the tone of their human’s voice, and harsh punishment is generally unnecessary.
Havanese dogs have a long reputation of being circus dogs. This is probably because they learn quickly and enjoy doing things for people. They can also be good alarm dogs as well. Your Havanese will make sure to alert you when a visitor arrives, but quick to welcome the guest as soon as it sees you welcome them. Since Havanese dogs are naturally curious, friendly, and people-oriented, they do not do well as guard dogs.