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Old 11-03-2012, 04:00 PM   #11
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Aw thanks everyone! I can't wait to share more pictures. I use my iPad and iphone so much more than laptop these days so I need to figure out the best way to post pics from here.

I can't wait to look at everyone else's doggy pics! I wish there was a tv channel with all dogs all the time because they are the best!

My little gal's name is Alabama, but we call her Bama for short.

She is my 3rd dog ever. When I was 5 we had a rescue (rescue as in a family friend in vet school had snuck her out before she was to be put to sleep). We moved up north and she had health problems that wouldnt do well in the cold, so we found her another family do she could stay in sunny Alabama. She was some kind of mixed white fluffy curly haired dog. Then when I was in college my family got a yorkie. She lives with my parents now (who haved moved back down south recently). My husband had a dog growing up and his parents have a long haired chihuahua. So Bama is our first dog together.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:18 PM   #12
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she's a cutie, just wondering why you got a mixed breed and not just a purebred havanese or pom? Or is she a rescue?
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:58 PM   #13
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She's a rescue gal.
We weren't even actively looking for a dog at the time. I happened to wander into one of those pet supply stores that carry rescue dogs. A lot of the local stores that used to sell puppy farm dogs now sell rescues instead. I think the city actually passed a law this yeat banning pet stores from getting animals from puppy mills. She was this little tiny ball of fluff, all black with a tiny bit of white on her chin and back paws. And to make a long story short, the next night we found ourselves setting up a crate and piddle pads on the kitchen floor. ;-)

She had some health issues at first and it took her two weeks to start gaining weight. These days the way she wolfs down her food you would never guess that we used to have to hand feed her prescription dog food. We don't know what her parents looked like. I suspect she may have originally come from a farm who shut down, or someone who couldn't handle her health issues (she took right to her crate and piddle pad!), or maybe her parents were not supposed to mate and someone ended up with mixed breed puppies by accident. But whatever the case, she is an adorable healthy dog with a good appetite.

It's funny, I didn't realize you could get havanese here in the US. I had heard that they all had to be brought in from Cuba via Canada! I had no idea people bred them here.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:40 PM   #14
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Welcome to the forum, your pup is cute. Many breeds look very similar when they are pups so it is hard if not impossible to tell...once you have a pup you fall in love.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #15
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Bama is darling. Welcome to the forum!
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:07 PM   #16
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She is a cutie pie ! I think she has Havanese eyes. I hope her coat wont be too much work the combination might be harder than a pure bred Havanese. I have two Havanese and they require a lot of grooming. I have been falling in love with Pomeranian's. Have you seen the famous Boo? He is so darn cute. We want more pictures!
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:12 PM   #17
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Bama is just precious and does seem very Havanese looking because of the longer facial hair. Poms have short facial hair and long everywhere else. Welcome to the forum! We will enjoy watching her changes right along with you. We love pictures around here!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:49 PM   #18
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Boo is definitely adorable.
Poms and Havs have such unique grooming issues. I've read that you should never give a Pom a shave, and possibly not even a haircut, or their hair might never grow back the same. So while I've trimmed Bama some, I do wonder if she starts to get some adult Pom hair, do I need to stop...and of course how do I tell its adult Pom fur. ;-)

She is getting white hairs in the midst of the black ones, and not in little clusters the way it is on her chin. I can't tell yet what the texture is.

I wonder is it possible for her to wind up with a Pom undercoat and Hav fur on top of that (or vice versa).
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:55 AM   #19
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Yes, as a groomer I am very familiar with POm. A lot of people get them a lion cut because they don't want to deal with the shedfing , although after years of shaving does take its toll on the coat. It may not grow all the way back and becomes harsh, wiry and thin, although with just one haircut the coat doesn't deteriorate instantly, it's more over the life of the dog that it gets like that. I definitely see the pom, rescues are difficult to pinpoint the exact breeds but I wouldn't waste your money on one of these off the shelf DNA kits. We had someone that said their 45lbd flat coated retriever looking dog was part chihuahua! Also a hound/Shep dog was part Lhasa Apso! She is awful cute and yours, and that's all that matters.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:39 AM   #20
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Out of curiosity, what parts look Pom to you, besides maybe ears?

I caught her playing/digging in her water bowl again today and with her front legs wet they weren't as fluffy, more sleek as if it was short. She looked so much like a Pom in that moment.

You are right about pinpointing breeds. But the place did seem pretty sure about the Havanese-Pom mix. Perhaps they knew more about her past than they would say. But when you fall in love in that moment with a little ball of fluff, all that seems to matter is bringing her/him into your heart and home.

Those DNA shelf kits---I read the reviews on amazon and its hysterical how wrong they can be. I always wanted to test my inlaw's chihuahua. It had papers and everything...but it was certainly not a pure bread pup. It look more corgi than chihuahua!
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