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NEWBIE: New Havanese Mom

Hello all. I finally made it onto the forum.

New Years Eve, I brought home two 8 week old Havanese girls. They are black and white litter sisters and very similar in markings, practically a matched pair.

I can't believe how much they grew the first week. At first, I limited the area of the house they were allowed in, but that quickly grew. Now, they want to go everywhere and do. They love to chase my two cats to kiss them. The cats have been wonderful about it, but I wish they would let the girls know who the bosses are. I was very pleasantly surprised that both are about 95% paper trained. The only problem is that I have to keep everything that is white off the floor or the girls will mistake it for their training pads.

I've had dogs all my 53 years with the exception of the last two. When I was born, my mother had 5 Chihuahuas. They weren't interested in playing with a small child and for my seventh birthday I got a Shetland Sheepdog. My mother got the dog breeding, raising and showing bug. First, she started out in obedience with my dog, getting her CD and followed up with CDs on the next two Shelties. Shelties don't like to carry things in their mouths because they are herding dogs and want to keep their mouth free to bite the heels of the sheep so that was the end of obedience and the beginning of 35+ years of the quest for that AKC champion. In the end, we (she) owned or bred over 10 Shetland Sheepdog champions. My most recent dog was a Bichon Frise. Her name was Rosie and she was the light of my life until she died two years ago at the age of 17. When I was ready to buy a new puppy this winter, I immediately looked for another Bichon, but I couldn't find one locally that suited me. In my search for a Bichon, I came across Havanese and immediately fell in love. Someday my girls may get a Bichon little sister, but for now I wouldn't have anything other than a Havanese.

I must warn everybody, I have a soap box that I am currently on. It is the "boutique" breeding of mixed breed dogs, AKC limited registration and all of the new registration organizations that have appeared since the AKC went to limited registration. It's been 20 years since I've had a puppy and I'm shocked at the current registration process. Eventhough I don't plan to breed my girls, I still want a quality (AKC Standard) Havanese. An AKC registration won't guarantee that, but it makes me feel a lot better.

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Welcome to the forum! We want to see pics of your babies!

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Welcome! We love pictures here and will harass you for them. Sounds like your girls are settling in well. What are their names?

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Welcome to the group. The only price of admission is photos of your sweet little girls. They definitely are addicting. Three years ago I had none and as of tomorrow I'll be owned by three of these sweet creatures.

Enjoy every moment with your little ones. They grow up way too fast.

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Welcome aboard the Havanese Express, Leah!

It sounds like you know your way around dogs and the show world, which I find quite fascinating. There are many types of Hav owners here - breeders, show people and all kinds of Hav fanciers - so I'm sure you'll find some interesting topics of discussion here and there.

I can't wait to see pictures of your two princesses and to get to know you and them.

Hello. My name is marj and I have MHS.

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Aren't you brave to get two at one time? We love pictures so please post some for us.

We started out with one and a year and a half later we now have three, they're the sweetest dogs!

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to the forum! How great to have two little sisters of the same litter!

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Welcome, and yes, pictures, please.

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Welocme to the Forum! I'm sure you will love it here1


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Wow! Two puppies at once


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