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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 03-22-2007, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Its Official.... I am a Broken Record

Yep, I am now officially a broken record. It has become a part of my daily routine. Not one day goes by when I get stopped by someone when I am walking Oreo, and they ask: "What kind of dog is that?, "Is it a shi tzu mix?" "A long haired Chihuahua mix?" etc

Only for me to inform them that he is a Havanese and get a blank look in return. Then my explanation is: "Its like a Bichon Frise with staight hair that comes in many colours...." Then come the ooohs and aaaahs, with the odd STILL puzzled look.

So, I figured I'd start this thread as a way to share a laugh with fellow Havanese owners to share how we "explain" our havanese to the multitudes out there.

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post #2 of 70 (permalink) Old 03-22-2007, 09:01 PM
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I get the "Is it a Shih-tzu (sp?), I have one at home too"~
Then I tell them it's a Havanese and I get the blank stare!
Our neighbor has a 5 month old Shih-tzu that is only about 3 lbs. And she was telling me she was thinking of breeding it! Yikes!


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Same thing. Everybody asks if it's a cockapoo, shipoo, maltipoo - anything poo. It's so funny. And then I say Havanese and get that look, you know what look because it has happened to all of you.

I'm lucky because my dogs get such exposure to people. When people come into the gym, the first thing they do is look for Kodi and Shelby. They are the official Havanese embassadors and people love to watch them run-like-hell thru the gym.
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That sounds like a blast, seeing them RLH! They are very well socialized if you're taking them to the gym to work with you. Lucky! I wish I was out more often, but the car anxiety is making it very difficult... sigh.....

Anyway, about what people say ... yup, same here! I always get, "A WHAT??" LOL I say he's in the bichon family, but not like a bichon, nope, not like the frise or the Maltese, but he looks like a Lhasa Apso when in a show coat, but not everyone knows what those are either. Nor do they know the Tibetan Terrier so then you're stuck! Yes, I got the "Oh, it's a Shih-tzu!" too a couple of times.




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LOL too funny. My husband told me the other day when one of his co-workers asked him what kind of dog we have, he told them "A Havanese." And the smart A$$ asks "Then what's the other hav?" Silly guy.
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ROFLMBO !!!!!!




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“Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.” -Guillaume Apollinaire"
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Yes. me too. shipoo- cockapoo-- I say Havanese, they are from Cuba and then people understand the name.




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They are still very rare here. People come up to Sam and also think he is a Lhasa or Shih Tzu. Or some "designer mix" with a pekingese. The reply I get the most is "Hav-a- what" . My husband explains Havanese, by saying "half-way-to-the-knees."

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Yup, blank stares, or "I've never heard of that." So I explain they are from Cuba and Dusty is our resident communist. Sometimes I'll tell people they are in the same family as bichon frise or maltese, but that doesn't usually help. No one has asked if she's a shih tzu, but I'm sure that's just a matter of time. The only people who have been at least familiar with the breed have been the vet and the trainer. Someone did crack a joke something like "I have knees, do you have knees?"
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The last time we had the girls at the beach I heard a woman tell her child to look at the two "giant Maltese." After three years, I've pretty much stopped correcting people but if they ask and they often do, I'll tell them they are Havanese and usually get the same "Hava What?" that everyone gets.

More often now we do encounter people who are familiar with the breed. Oddly enough, when we were visiting Jerome, AZ (a VERY small town) a couple of years ago, we ran into a couple who actually had Havanese at home (in Tucson).
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