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Am I a Havanese?

Hi everyone

On my way to work Thurs morning I saw what looked like a bunny darting in and out of traffic sitting at a red light. When I did a double take, I saw it was a puppy. Realizing she would be crushed, I jumped out of my car and scooped it up as the light turned green. Now I'm trying to get her to her owner, but I'm having trouble pinpointing a breed to put on "found" posters.

Someone told me she was a Havanese. I figured I would turn it over to the experts for advice. Can someone tell me if she is Havanese or a distinct trait a Havanese has that a sh*tzu, Maltese or any other small breeds may not have??

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If it is a Havanese, then I will have a really hard time adopting her out if I don't find the owner. I'm Cuban so what are the odds I would find a CUBAN dog and save her?? That would be too crazy. I've always talked about owning a Havanese but haven't really put much research into it... yet.

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!
-A clueless Husky owner
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My 2 cents-could be a mix with a shih tzu or lhasa judging from the underbite. What a cutie pie though and thank goodness you stepped in to save the day!

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My 2 cents-could be a mix with a shih tzu or lhasa judging from the underbite. What a cutie pie though and thank goodness you stepped in to save the day!
I did what any doggie mom would hope someone would do for them. Save their baby! I hope if any of my "kids" get loose someone would do the same for me.

That's what someone else told me! Shih tzu because of the underbite. The person that said Havanese was a vet tech and deals with dogs all day so I figured I'd research his claim a bit more...especially since Havanese interested me because of my culture.

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My 2 cents-could be a mix with a shih tzu or lhasa judging from the underbite. What a cutie pie though and thank goodness you stepped in to save the day!
That was my thought when I saw the first photo also. But then in some of the other photos, she looks like she has a longer nose, though still shorter than most Havanese. There are so many crosses out there that it's really impossible to know for sure.

If she were a well bred, pure bred Havanese, she would not have an underbite, would have a longer nose, and would have almond shaped eyes instead of round. also, Havanese have tails that curl up over the dog's back. We can't really see that in your photos, but it's something else to base your guess on.

In any case, as Pixie's Mom said, she's adorable! Have you had her to your vet? If she's someone's pet, she might be microchipped.


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could be a hav mixed with shih tzu or Lhasa... do you have any whole body pics?

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could be a hav mixed with shih tzu or Lhasa... do you have any whole body pics?

here is a full body pic but she is laying down. She's very playful and hard to get a shot of her standing still...

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That was my thought when I saw the first photo also. But then in some of the other photos, she looks like she has a longer nose, though still shorter than most Havanese. There are so many crosses out there that it's really impossible to know for sure.

If she were a well bred, pure bred Havanese, she would not have an underbite, would have a longer nose, and would have almond shaped eyes instead of round. also, Havanese have tails that curl up over the dog's back. We can't really see that in your photos, but it's something else to base your guess on.

In any case, as Pixie's Mom said, she's adorable! Have you had her to your vet? If she's someone's pet, she might be microchipped.

Yes, I took her to the vet to check for a microchip and nothing. Very disappointing. I would love to keep her but my two huskies are like and my cats are like hahahaha In a way, I'm relieved she is not a Havanese because if she were I would REALLY want to keep her... As if fate put her in my path because I've always been curious about the breed.
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She does look more Havanese, or mix including Hav in your pictures after the first. many Havanese do have the shorter nose shown in your photos. I would say there's a distinct possibility you did find a fur baby with Cuba in its heritage. she's a lucky girl.

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Ah she is so cute how can you resist those eyes she diffidently has the happy look of a havanese. Her coat looks a bit curly and is a beautiful color. I hope you can find her mom.

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Have you brought the flyer with her photo to all the area vets, doggie daycares, etc etc?
Glad you got her to a safe place!
ha ha your two huskies aren't impressed with her?!
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