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Is a havanese right for our family?
Or maybe the question should be, "are we the right family for a havanese?"
Our family includes my 70 something Mom and two 40ish adults. No kids, or small grand kids in the area.
We have always had several dogs. When we all moved in together (big house, fenced yard) we had nine dogs (mostly rescues) between us. Over the last 6 years 5 of those dogs have made the trip to the bridge. They were all over 15, except for one younger corgi who had many health issues. He only made it to twelve. The remaining dogs, all of whom are great with other dogs (they'd have to be, eh?) are two standard schnauzers, a mini schnauzer and a corgi. 3 are rescue dogs, and the 4th (one of the standards) is my hearing dog. All of the dogs are getting up in years, the baby is 5 with the older guys in double digits.
Why would someone with 4 dogs want another? Great question.
Mom has lost both of her little lap dogs. Lady (a little mixed breed, that just wandered in one day) was (we think) some sort of a maltese mix. The other was a toy poodle. They were Mom's buddies and very much the kind of dog she likes. You know... she moves, they move. Calm, but playful. None of the current canines are "her dogs." They are all too big to sit on her lap, and too strong for her to take for a walk... Meanwhile, none of the dogs we have are suitable for "playing" agility with. I used to play agility with one of the standards and the corgi, but both of them retired on me. My five year old simply doesn't like it. He'd much rather do rally, or freestyle, or play fetch.
We have an agility building with all the toys, and our local agility club meets at our house for classes and fun matches and I don't have a playmate...how sad is that?
So, I want an agility dog, but it has to be a dog that won't drive Mom, who's home all day nuts, or knock her flying or...
Now, I'm not thinking I need a speed demon or high drive dog. I'm not able to get away to do the kind of traveling you need to do to trial a dog around here (all the show require at least an overnight away from home, and we just can't do that right now) but I would like a nice little dog that could play in the yard with the bigger guys (25-45 lbs) keep Mom company all day, be able to go play agility for 1/2 hour or so in the evenings and maybe a little longer some weekends.
Could a havanese be that dog?