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havanese with larger breed?

hello, does anyone have experience keeping larger breed with havanese. My hav is just 4 months old now. but once he grows up. i am considering a large breed dog. either german shepherd or doberman. does anyone have similar experiece. the thing i am worried about is that large breed puppy is going to be hyperactive and unknowingly hurt havanese. one bad move by large breed puppy can cause serious injury for small havanese.. any thoughts? any suggestion will be really appreciated.
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From my experience, doberman puppies have a lot of energy but they are really gentle with other dogs. I had dobies growing up and they were wonderful! I can't wait to have a big yard in a few years so I can add a dobie friend for Roscoe

Edit: Also keep in mind that while Havs are on the smaller side, they're also quite sturdy, it's not like they're a tiny chihuahua or yorkie!

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I have two havs and two staffies. I do have to keep an eye on them, but not because of the bigger dogs. It's because Bandit (male hav) pesters the daylights out of the two big girls!!! They will be laying in the sunshine napping, and Bandit will decide he wants to play. So he'll start chewing on their ears. Or their nose. Or their leg. Or....

They will try really hard to ignore him, walk away, but he is very persistent. They seem to understand that he is smaller and they are much more tolerant with him than they are with each other.

He jumps in the middle of all of their games and "ruins" their playtime. Many times I have to remove him from the situation to the girls can have their fun. I'll get a tug or a squeaky toy and play with Bandit until the girls are done chasing each other around, that way everyone gets to have some fun.
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It totally depends on the larger dog's personality & temperament, but I think most dogs have a good sense of being gentle with smaller dogs. It is usually the smaller dog that becomes the pest like Kudo pointed out.

One of my girls lives with a Staffie part-time (shares time at my brother's house and mine) and another pup that some of you will remember, Atwood, lives with an Anatolian Shepherd. Talk about size discrepancy!

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My golden, Katie loves her little sisters Pixie and now Daisy. It's amazing how they play and chase each other. Katie seems to "know" that she is playing with some one smaller. Pixie sleeps on Katie's tail and will step on Katie when she laying close to the kitchen counter to reach "high ground". My puppy, Daisy will tug on Katie's chest fur to get her to play. They are so attached to each other. I'll try and take a picture and post.

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Kimberly! Those pics are WAY too cute!

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Kimberly, those pictures are absolutely adorable!
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I have had experience with Gernam Shepherds a Doberman with my two little Schnauzers. There was never a problem. In fact the little dogs were the dominant ones. But the past 6 months I have had a stray in my back yard and it was totally different. I tried and tried to get him to be gentle with Rosie; but he was just too rough and mouthy. He would leap on her and knock her down and then that big mouth. Scary. I finally found him a home with a yard and a dog his size to play with. Truelly, I never thought that the dog was trying to kill Rosie; but it was obvious that he would have just playing with her. He was a pitbull-lab mix.
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^ Funny that you should mention that. I was just going to say that I think it's important that if you are going to add a big dog to your small dog(s), to get the big dog as a puppy. That way, they grow up knowing to be gentle with the little ones and that they are other dogs, not rabbits or other little things that need to be chased and caught!

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My girlfriend had Great Danes with Coton de Tulears for years, and now has a new Great Dane puppy coming in two weeks to join her 8 month old Havanese puppy. Both her Havanese puppy and my 10 month old play well with an adult Malamute and Husky.

You get the little dog first, then bring in the large breed puppy, and it should be fine.

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