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Havanese or not .. purchased from Mylad

Hi guys I hope this is the right section for my question.

I adopted my little guy from none other then Mylad Havanese back in October. I took him for his first full on grooming today where we have been taking our shihpoo for a few years now. The first thing the girl said was that he was not a havanese but probably a lhasa apso or mixed with havenese. Now I'm super worried I immediately did some research and think he looks more like a lhasa then a hav. I have no idea what to think since I thought mylad was very reputable.

I've added some pictures from when he was a puppy to now 7months. Please tell me that I'm worrying about nothing that he's a purebred hav.

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He looks like a havanese to me! My Mom's dog is from Yuppy Puppy, but he spent a lot of time at Mylad when he was getting his Canadian championship. She is a very reputable breeder. I have seen many havanese who look just like him! And, he is very cute!!!


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He does look Havanese, especially his almond shaped eyes in the last pic. Lhasas have smaller, deeper set, rounder eyes. Lhasas also have either teeth that meet, or a slight underbite, which he does not appear to have from the pics.
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Highly doubt he is anything other than pure Havanese, esp from where you're saying your dog is from. I'm not sure why the groomer said that - not very professional 1 and 2 she must know her breeds very well as a Havanese looks nothing like a Lhasa other than they are both small breeds with drop coats.
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Sorry she must NOT know her breeds very well.
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Looks like a Hav to me.

I get asked often if I have a Lhasa or a Shih Tzu or some sort of poodle mix. I've met a few Cavashons that look surprisingly Hav-like (but without the Hav personality). I think most people are much more familiar with Lhasas & Tzu's and it seems like every other person at the dog park had a designer mix.

I think Havs are not quite popular enough to be readily distinguished. Though a few people have said my 17 lb Hav is too big to be a real Hav. There is quite a lot of variety in color and Hav size, so if their only experience is with 1 other Hav, I can see the uninitiated being a bit skeptical.

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He looks like an adorable Hav to me!

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Thanks so much guys. I know I could count on you

Next time I go down to the groomers although they're unprofessional they do an amazing job I'll let her know she was wrong and how unprofessional it was of her for me to me second guess Doug and Lauren.
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Looks like a Hav to me.

I get asked often if I have a Lhasa or a Shih Tzu or some sort of poodle mix. I've met a few Cavashons that look surprisingly Hav-like (but without the Hav personality). I think most people are much more familiar with Lhasas & Tzu's and it seems like every other person at the dog park had a designer mix.

I think Havs are not quite popular enough to be readily distinguished. Though a few people have said my 17 lb Hav is too big to be a real Hav.
Agree. Maybe because of all the mixes out there now people automatically assume a dog is a mix if it does not look like a typical dog of the breed. I even had a coworker (at my old grooming salon) say she thought a stocky Springer spaniel that had shorter legs was part Clumber Spaniel! Or how a 100 lbs lab couldn't be a pure lab. If the dog looks like the breed but has different size proportions - it's probably a pure bred, just obviously not from show lines.

The sad part is that the OP's dog does come from show lines and has textbook Havanese expression and she was told he was mixed. That's like someone coming up to you (if you're a parent) and saying one of your children must be adopted. Well, not quite but you get the point.
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I agree. He doesn't look at all like a Lhasa to me. I've heard nothing to make me believe that Mylad is anything but reputable. If you are REALLY concerned, you can have him DNA tested to make sure he matches the parents on his refistration papers. But I certainly wouldn't bother based on the say-so of a froomer who clearly doesn't know what a Lhasa looks like!


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