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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Is it better to have two havanese or is one ok?

Hello every one,
I am so glad to finally be a part of the forum. My cairn terrier ( a rescue dog) died after 12 wonderful years. Do to my health and need a bit calmer dog. It seems the Havanese is perfect.
I am trying to get hold of breeders. A bit frustrating since before I get in touch the litter is gone. I have been wanting to work with Premier Breeders in NC. So far I have not heard from them.
I hope you senior members and all can help with a few ??
Is it better for the Havanese to have a play mate ( another Havanese? ) or are they fine by them selves. I am home all day and if we travel we do not use kennels. My daughter comes and stays or we take our dog with us.
The other question is do anyone you more experienced owners have anything I may need to know before I purchase my Havanese.
Thank you all. It is nice to have you as friends.
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Welcome Amala! I have only one, and I'm home all day and never board her. She's fine and attention is always lavished upon her. I'm sure she'd settle in to having a companion if we ever get another, but for now everything is working out great. She's extremely well behaved and I don't want to tamper with the good thing I have going. Just find a breeder that health tests with documented results online. If they show their dogs, that's good too. They should answer all of your questions willingly and completely. There are many terrific breeders out there who do it right, several are forum members.

Beth, Pixie Puff and MiG too
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You are doing the right thing in selecting a reputable breeder. The forum has great breeders. Experienced breeder will select a puppy that is suitable for your lifestyle and expectations.

The Havanese are bred for companionship and they need the attention, care and time. From your description, it looks like your puppy will get that in plenty in your home. In our case, Benji was so playful and outgoing that he used to be really sad when his playmates left after a playdate or when we returned from the playdates. We saw how much he could benefit from another furball in the house. It is wonderful to see them play with each other, keep each other company when we are gone for an evening. My breeder selected the second puppy so that they both were compatible and would thrive with each other.

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Oliver was an only for 5 years and then I got Comet.They have been best friends since day one
I love having two.
Get them one at a time. You will know when it is time to get the second. I agree with Poornima

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How exciting for you Amala!!! Congratulations on choosing a Havanese. You won't regret it.
I only have one dog. We are really busy with freestyle and agility, so I can't imagine having two. I'm tempted, though, mind you!! We live way out in the country and there are neighbourhood dogs to play with, but mostly I arrange play dates. I do this because Tucker loves his friend Milo, a miniature Schnauzer, who's the same size as he is. He also loves Gus, a dachshund, for the same reason. We go to the dog park for walks and have figured out a time when there are dogs Tucker likes to play with there. Some are bigger and some are his size.
So, what I'm getting to is that you'll figure it out! Things seem to happen for a reason and opportunities will present themselves that you never imagined!
For example, three huge (HUGE) dogs live near us and Tucker absolutely loves them. They come into our yard and we have a great visit almost every day. I lived here for 8 years before getting a dog and never saw these dogs before Tucker arrived.

However, I don't know that I'd get 2 dogs at the same time. I have had so much fun watching one dog grow and change. I'm still learning about grooming, which I'm trying to do mostly myself. But, I think you've done a lot of thinking and are getting prepared for your puppy.
Best of luck! Can't wait to see pics of your new puppy!!!
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Smile amala

Pixiesmom, Thank you so much to be the first to greet me. It is great to have "friends" who can be so helpful. Plus doing so in such a sweet way.

I will be home like you. I have health issues and really need a living being sharing my house during the day. My daughter comes over with my grandson to help. My husband of 40 yrs works long hours.

I am a big Cesar Milan fan after through my life trying many techniques. I will be flexible for my dogs needs. If it seems another furry friend many be a positive addition then we will see.

I am carefully looking for correct breeders. I have dealt with puppy mills with one of my vets on a state level. I think I have seem some incredible ways to trick people so they do not guess puppy mill.

For everyone's info, I am Buddhist. My daughter is adopted and is Tibetan and Nepalese. Ama is mother in Tibetan, the "la" is kind of a little more respect.

Thank you for your welcome,
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A year ago I bought one Havanese in August and my friend talked me into another one in November. It is the best!! They love each other and love me more but more importantly I do not feel guilty when I leave them alone for awhile which is never too long.

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It is so wonderful to hear from all of you. I feel much better having others to chat with about my decisions. My husband never had dogs when he was young. So it has been me bringing them into our home.
My mother would not accept our dates or later our husbands if the dog did not approve

You are all great. Thank you so very much. People are getting tired of me talking about Havanese and wanting then to look at pictures and u-tube.
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Welcome!! Cicero is our only furboy. He is almost 2 and at times we talk about getting another. On bath day, I decide I like having an only pup. It's rare for him to be left alone as one of us is usually here or we take him with us. I do think a playmate is great for a Hav and we may decide to do it in another year, but I am glad I've had this time to train and get to know the care that is involved. You will love this breed - and don't be surprised when your husband falls madly in love with a furball.

Cicero trained Dale & Ronnie
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WELCOME! With health issues, would it be easier on you to only have one dog to take care of?

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