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Hi all, its been awhile since I've been on here. Spyke is now 2 years old and ornary as heck! In the evenings, when he gets restless, he just begins prancing around the house looking to either pounce on a cat or checking the countertops for scraps. He is a handful! LOL, but cute as can be. He can jump higher then my great dane can reach!
Anyways, my great dane has developed Wobbler's and he isn't the most active playmate with Spyke anymore. I was considering getting another Havanese to keep Spyke a bit more active. However, I don't really have the time or money to take on the responsibility of a puppy right now. I was thinking of rehoming or rescuing. I received a message from Spyke's breeder the other day and she mentioned she is rehoming Spyke's mom and was hoping to rehome her to someone with havanese family in the household. I told her I would consider taking her, but I'm not sure how the "family" dynamic would play out.
She is now 6 years old and has had 4 litters. She will be spayed and teeth cleaned before rehoming. Spyke is 2 years old. It's not really possible to get together in advance due to the distance between us.
I know this is probably not something anyone could answer for sure, but I'm not sure who else to ask. havaneseforum has always steered me in the right direction! Thanks!
1. Would Spyke know its his mom?
2. Would she know Spyke is her baby?
3. Would there be any behavior issues to watch for?
4. If Spyke was "acting out" would she correct him?
5. Would she be a playmate to him or would it be too much for her?
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Hi all, its been awhile since I've been on here. Spyke is now 2 years old and ornary as heck! In the evenings, when he gets restless, he just begins prancing around the house looking to either pounce on a cat or checking the countertops for scraps. He is a handful! LOL, but cute as can be. He can jump higher then my great dane can reach!
Anyways, my great dane has developed Wobbler's and he isn't the most active playmate with Spyke anymore. I was considering getting another Havanese to keep Spyke a bit more active. However, I don't really have the time or money to take on the responsibility of a puppy right now. I was thinking of rehoming or rescuing. I received a message from Spyke's breeder the other day and she mentioned she is rehoming Spyke's mom and was hoping to rehome her to someone with havanese family in the household. I told her I would consider taking her, but I'm not sure how the "family" dynamic would play out.
She is now 6 years old and has had 4 litters. She will be spayed and teeth cleaned before rehoming. Spyke is 2 years old. It's not really possible to get together in advance due to the distance between us.
I know this is probably not something anyone could answer for sure, but I'm not sure who else to ask. havaneseforum has always steered me in the right direction! Thanks!
1. Would Spyke know its his mom?
2. Would she know Spyke is her baby?
3. Would there be any behavior issues to watch for?
4. If Spyke was "acting out" would she correct him?
5. Would she be a playmate to him or would it be too much for her?
Here's a couple recent pics of Spyke...
While my breeder does not typically rehome breeders far from where she lives, (because she likes to do a very gradual introduction to new homes fro adult dogs) I can definitely speak to whether Spyke and his mom would know each other. Kodi has been back to visit his breeder's home a couple of times now, and he DEFINITELY knows his old home, and knows the other dogs. His mother knew him too, though she didn't have a lot of interest in hi, as she was busy with a new litter each time. She had no trouble tell him that she was in charge, however! I'd be surprised if it wouldn't work out between a mother and son, but your breeder could answer that question better than anyone!
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Take Spyke for a visit and see how they interact before making any commitment to take his mom home.

Her personality (and Spykes) will probably be a better guide on whether they will be good company for each other and if she will fit into your house (eg due to her training and habits).
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Very interesting situation. I wish you luck and have no advice for you but I'm interested to know what you end up deciding and how it turns out. Spyke is gorgeous, BTW and sounds like he's got quite the personality.
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Just want to say you have one cute lil dude there!!

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They will probably be just fine with each other. You can't say how the relationship will be-from inseparable buddies, to indifferent. They will absolutely know who each is right off, at first sniff, regardless of how many years of separation there have been. We see this many times when our babies come back for a visit.
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1. Would Spyke know its his mom?
Probably not if he hasn't seen her since he was a young pup.
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2. Would she know Spyke is her baby?
Impossible to say whether she would recognize his smell...it's possible, but dogs don't have the familial relationships that humans do. She will see him as just another Havanese.
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3. Would there be any behavior issues to watch for?
No more than with any other Havanese.

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4. If Spyke was "acting out" would she correct him?
Again, it's possible, but not because she's his mother. My oldest dog, a Tibetan Terrier, mothers (corrects) every dog who comes to our house, whether they are hers or not.
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5. Would she be a playmate to him or would it be too much for her?
Depends on her personality and the energy of both mother and son. In general, well-bred Havanese love their own kind and once they get to know each other, should be best buds. Their relationship will develop based on their individual temperaments, not based on the fact that they are mother and son.

If you are ready to take on another dog, I wouldn't hesitate to try it. Your breeder should be more than willing to help you through the transition and to take her back in the event that it doesn't work out. OTOH keep in mind that if Spyke 's bored shenanigans is a nuisance, his mother could have the same tendencies and Spyke would have a partner in crime.

Spyke is a handsome fellow. You will love having two I suspect!

I should say that in my experience, mothers and pups rarely recognize each other, unless they see each other often during their lives, but my mothers absolutely remember their breeders! I have purchased all my breeding girls from other breeders and when they see each other again, its a lovely reunion!


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