Havanese are generally known as being friendly and good with children. Havanese are regarded as family-friendly and child-friendly due to their playful yet gentle nature. Havanese are commonly recommended as the ideal pet for families with children. Their friendly and playful nature makes them quick to develop a strong bond with family members including the children.

Experienced breeders generally have a good idea which puppy in a litter will do best in each individual family environment.

All play between a Havanese puppy and young children should be guided by a responsible adult to prevent problems and or hurting the puppy. Chasing, teasing, and tug-of-war games encourage a puppy to bite. Instead, hide and seek or fetch will help young kids and puppies learn to trust each other. For more information, read Child-proofing Your Dog by Brian Kilcommons.