Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Palm City, FL
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As someone who raised a Havanese puppy while alongside a child who was not quite two when Mojo came home 9 weeks old, I can understand your desire to find an older dog! What a wild ride we had!
If you can find an older dog who you know will be bulletproof with a toddler, and large enough to take the inevitable abuse, you might have a good match. In my case, when I wanted an older Hav to keep Mojo company at home I chose a retiree from my breeder, because I knew exactly what the dog's background would be. I knew Libby would be fine with children and large dogs, because she has been around both since she was born, had lived in my breeder's home and slept on my breeder's bed since she was 8 weeks old, AND had the sweetest of temperaments. I would not have attempted it with a breeder I didn't know well, unless I had many, many recommendations and testamonials. Even then, I'm not sure I would have tried it.
I agree that the dog should have lived its entire life in one home. You can't afford to discover any "issues" when you have a child that young.
of two Happy Havs