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What Do You Tell People?

Yesterday on our walk in the Village (our town's little downtown area), we were stopped by no less than 3 people who wanted to know about Tori. When told she was a Havanese all of them responded with the ever popular "Hava- what?". What I typically say is they are from Cuba pointing out the Havana/Havanese connection. I will tell them they are a "cousin" of the Bichon. Once they touch her the conversation inevitably turns to her coat. I'll tell them she's hypo-allergenic, low shedding, never has a "doggy" smell, takes a lot of grooming, etc. I'll share about their velcro-ness and intense need to be with you (even in the bathroom) And, in Tori's case, I'll share that she's a therapy dog, which will then usually take the conversation in that direction.

So, I'm wondering what are the things you feel are important to tell folks about our breed when faced with the "Hava-what?" question?

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Leslie, if I have time and the people are curious, I tell them pretty much what you tell them--other than that I HOPE to someday have Tucker as a Therapy dog.

I always try to inject health testing importance, too, and a reputable breeder-- not looking for a Hav in the newspaper.

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I convey pretty much the same and as Sheri noted about health testing. I do tend to emphasis on getting a puppy from a reputable breeder...meaning visiting HCA website, attending AKC dog shows, meeting the breeders, visiting the breeders etc. Having come across so many pet shops selling puppies here the East Coast, I tend to focus more on giving information about reputable breeders, health testing, etc.

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Hmmm...I tell them everything you mentioned, with the exception of the "what to do if you want one" part. I should be more responsible on that end. While I was flying around this holiday season, many people came up to us in airports and were curious about my cutie pie and how she travels, etc. The ability to take her under seat made a lot of people very curious.

Then I hear that the new rules after this year's Christmas Bomber in Detroit is that you cannot put any bags under the seat in front of you. What will THAT do to my travel with Lola?

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Hmmm...I tell them everything you mentioned, with the exception of the "what to do if you want one" part. I should be more responsible on that end. While I was flying around this holiday season, many people came up to us in airports and were curious about my cutie pie and how she travels, etc. The ability to take her under seat made a lot of people very curious.

Then I hear that the new rules after this year's Christmas Bomber in Detroit is that you cannot put any bags under the seat in front of you. What will THAT do to my travel with Lola?
Anne, I read in the NY timestoday that a woman traveling from Canada had to empty her phone, wallet into her dogs carrier bag and then check in her purse and the other carry on due to the new rule of 1 bag only. The woman said the airline personnel were not sure if to count the dog carrier bag separately or together with the passenger even if the passager pays for the dog's ticket and it is assumed that the dog will be in the carrier and the human would have his/her own luggage.

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You people are better than me. After going through all the above about the breed, etc with a lot of people who shouldn't be allowed to have dogs and them wanting to know where they could get one--I have started telling those persons that she is just a mutt that I got a the local shelter.
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I have a simillar approach to most of you. Sometimes I get asked about proce. If I feel the person is so so and impulsive I say between $2,000 and $3,000. If I feel the interest is genuine and thought out I say about 140.00 a year plus the cost of care. ($2,000 / 15 years = $133.33). When we were thinking of getting a second dog that is how I explained it at home. Dear, it is only $133 a year. Not much to spend so Sangio can have a sister. As you know the approach worked and we have brother and sister now.
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I always warn people to be very cautious about breeders and never to buy in a pet store. (And of course my first suggestion is rescue.) My worry is that as they get popular, unscrupulous breeders will sell mixes as Havanese to the unsuspecting.

This weekend, my grandmother had her new puppy with her. Cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Its a bichon mix I think she said. (Not sure with what.) But shape, size and coat wise, it looks exactly like Desilu at that age and I could easily see someone being fooled.

I always have to be careful when I have my JRT out in public. After 8 years of obedience and agility, he's a great dog. But people see him and think, I'd like one of those. I always tell him that he was a wholly terror as a puppy and still would be without the nightly obedience workouts.


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Margaret, My family "fostered" a JRT for about two weeks (we found the little guy in the parking lot of a large shopping center.) Tried to find his owner, no luck, so we contacted JRT Rescue for them to place. That was a LONG 2 weeks!! Ha! The dog wasn't a puppy, either, probably about 1-2 years old, and it took myself, my husband, and my 16 year old son working in shifts to run that little guy and play fetch, just to take the edge off his energy!

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I always warn people to be very cautious about breeders and never to buy in a pet store. (And of course my first suggestion is rescue.) My worry is that as they get popular, unscrupulous breeders will sell mixes as Havanese to the unsuspecting.

This weekend, my grandmother had her new puppy with her. Cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Its a bichon mix I think she said. (Not sure with what.) But shape, size and coat wise, it looks exactly like Desilu at that age and I could easily see someone being fooled.

I always have to be careful when I have my JRT out in public. After 8 years of obedience and agility, he's a great dog. But people see him and think, I'd like one of those. I always tell him that he was a wholly terror as a puppy and still would be without the nightly obedience workouts.
Really good comment about the pet store. I always tell people not to go to pet stores because of puppy mills.
Also, like your comment about how well your dog is trained. I spend hours training our dogs. People are often surprised at how good they are etc. They think this is the breed and say, I have to get one. I tell them, that while the breed trains well, we work on training daily and it is a lot of hard work.
Many people think a good dog is about 1 set of lessons or is breed specific. A good dog is largely owner specific. I often say the personality and traits come from a reputable breeder with good early socialization that is not found in pet stores. The obedience and behaviour you see now is built on a good foundation and is largely owner specific.
Thanks for reminding us of this.
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