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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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I fostered this dog and have decided to adopt her. She is a rescue from a high kill shelter in NC. One year old- already been to the shelter twice. Surrendered this time b/c she was "too much work". The rescue I work with pulled her as a last minute add on and she came up with Pilots for Paws last Thursday. I shudder to think what would have happened to her if she didn't make that transport- the shelters are just busting. She immediately worked her way into my heart.....I've fostered over 20 dogs and never felt I had to adopt one until her. She is very special.

She was a matted mess when she got here and all you could see was a fluffy white dog. The shelter said she was Shihtzu mix. The groomer we brought her to immediately said OMG- she is a Havanese. She had to shave her completely, except for a little on the end of the tail and her ears and a bit on her face. What emerged from the mess was a beautiful little dog- even naked!

In looking at pictures and the breed standard- the groomer appears to be right- although all the pics I see are of dogs with hair so I have to picture her with a full coat- and I am by no means an expert. Her picture is the profile pic- and I also included a picture that shows her head shape better. I don't have any good shots of her body, but she does have that springy gait the breed description talks about. Sweet, sweet personality- I love this little girl!

Appreciate any input people have on whether you think she is a Havanese- figured this was a good place to go to ask this. Sorry I don't have better pics- I can post some more tomorrow when the light is good again.

Funny thing is, I just ran the DNA on one of my other dogs last week, who is also a rescue, and she came back part Havanese- and then this little girl comes up the same week!
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Nikta pics

Sorry- new to this forum. I don't think the pics uploaded so I reattached. Hopefully that works!
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There she is. We posted at the same time. She is a cutie.


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Thanks- I am so in love with sweet little dog! Do you think she is Havanese?
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What a sweet little face! She looks like she could be a Havanese.

Thank you for giving her a home. How could anyone could leave her at a shelter.

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Welcome, Nikita and beautiful little dog - does she have a name yet?

She may be a Havanese. Have you ever seen/used this Identification Table created by the founder of Havanese Rescue? The underlined breed names in the left-hand column are links to flyers with photos and descriptions of each breed to help distinguish them from each other.

http://www.theyreallkeepers.com/idall.html

A tape measure can be a helpful tool to measure the proportions of the front legs, rear legs, and length of body.

Looking forward to more photos of your little one.

Oh, by the way, there is a small number of short-haired Havanese also called Shavanese on this Forum. You can use the Search feature to look for their pictures to compare your shorn dog to them.



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She certainly could be a Hav - whatever she is she is definitely one fortunate little girl... Thank you so much for taking this sweet baby into your heart...

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Thank you all for the information- very, very helpful!!!

She is 11" tall at the withers and about 13" long. She is 13 lbs. All of that does put her in the breed standard. I attached another pic (very dark but shows her profile). Tried to upload a video, but it wouldn't take it.

I also looked at the pics of Shavanese, and again, I think this is very possible that she is a Havanese. The fact sheet was very helpful and I can use that to help with the other dogs where I volunteer.

Again- many thanks. Whatever she is...she is great!

Oh- and for now her name is Nikita. She came up as Niki, and I like Nikita better. Thinking of a permanent name that means snow, or star or angel, or something like that, but haven't decided on one yet. My name is Caroline- I guess I didn't fill out the profile right- I'll have to change it!
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