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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 02-19-2010, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't posted on here for a long time, but enjoy reading all of the posts every day. I have a dilemma.
We are going to get another Havanese, and just can't decide whether it should be a boy or girl. Any thoughts on this. Our little girl is presently 1 1/2 years old, and we thought it would be nice to have a companion for her. I have found two that I like. One is a boy and one is a girl.

I was leaning towards a boy, but this little girl that I found is 6 months old and is just the sweetest girl. The boy I am looking at is just 3 weeks old right now, so hard to tell personalities.

Can you help give me any suggestions?
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I think either one could work well. I've added a boy to a boy and then a girl to them both. After the initial period of adjustment they all get along great. I find Milo and Bailey (at separate times) playing and RLH with Ruby. I would say go with the one your gut tells you to get. It's exciting! Just remember, whichever way you go, it will probably take a little time for them to adjust to each other.

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Agree with Geri, we had a boy, added a boy, and then a girl. Since the second two were rescues I had no idea how it would go but we got really lucky! All 3 are sweeties and now I can't imagine not having them all.

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Tough decision...

I have a boy and a girl. Riki is six, Daisy is five.

They adore each other. Riki tends to be more friendly to other dogs. But that is him.

I have friends with all sorts of combos. You will get all sorts of differing opinions.

I say to you...what does your heart say?

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Well my heart says a boy, but.... the girl is beautiful.

Another question for you, and this is because by DH asked it - Many years ago, we had a female dog before and then about 2 years later got a male dog. My DH has always said that the female was not the same after we got the second dog.

Does getting a second dog create any problems for the first one - Fipsy rules the roost right now, and we don't want that to change, but ... everytime we go out and come home, I feel guilty as she really misses us when we leave her, and I just thought a second dog would be a good companion for her. She is not alone very much, however, I have spoilt her and she just always wants to be around us.

Anyone had any negative reaction when they have got the second dog?

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Yeah, I don't think you could go wrong with either one.

She's still young so I don't think it will be as much of an issue to her. Then again it depends on her personality and how receptive she is to other dogs.

Our first Hav was a male and a year later we added a female (they were exactly 11 monts apart). He was scared of her for the 1st day LOL. The next day when we took them outside he was doing RLH circles around her play attacking her and they were the best of friends..


Make sure you introduce them on neutral territory and not to ignore the first dog. The latter is where I went wrong.

I have 2 Papillons. My first one, Gizmo was the only dog for first 4 years of his life & always loved other dogs. I decided to get another one before he got to old. The day we picked up Yoshi, I took Gizmo along and in the midst of the excitement of checking out Yoshi's sister decided to leave Gizmo in the car so I could have my hands free to hold her. After that he wanted nothing to do with the puppy or ME. He was mad at me for 2 days & we had to bribe him with treats to come sit on my lap. It took him the longest out of our 3 previous dogs to warm up to him but he did after he got past the puppy stage. Now they're best buds & they act like their brothers.
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I really wanted a dog, specifically a Hav, when I got Kodi. He is the best dog, so smart but a little on the shy side. When I got my case of MHS, my DH found her for me. The only down side was the first hour or so. Kodi hid behind me and would not go near her. I left to go shopping for more puppy stuff and by the time I got back, they were friends. They were 11 months apart in age and we had to go pick Shelby up. We met at a hotel and they had the entire night to get to know each other on neutral territory.


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Some dogs like to be 'onlys" but I don't think that's usual for Havanese. How does your current dog react when other dogs come over to your house to visit? Does she enjoy playing with other dogs at playdates/park, etc? That would probably give you a clue as to how she would react to having a buddy. You're so smart to consider these things in advance, and not just assume that she'll be delighted right away to have a buddy.

When you get your new puppy, there's a lot out there on how to introduce them and handle the first few days -- following that advice really helps smooth the process. Good luck!
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Thank you so much for all of the good advice.

My DH is the one that is worried that she will not be No. 1 dog and that she will resent the other dog. I think the exact opposite, as when dogs come over that she knows, she just plays and plays with them until she is pooped out.

I actually think a second dog would be wonderful for her, as she has a playmate then.


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I love the boys as I find them more easy going. I just wish I didn't wait so long to add one. Both of my girls are very dominant to my boy but he loves to be beaten up so it works out perfect. My girls never played together but each of them plays together with my boy all the time.

Good luck and share pics when you decide Could you take your dog and visit the breeder and see how they interact first?

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