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My six year old has suddenly passed.

Dear Havanese Members,

My husband and I are beginning the careful process of finding a new pup, (hence breeder) to bring into our lives. We recently and suddenly lost our six year old boy, Wiley. He was such an excellent boy, so lively and devoted, making us laugh at the simplest things. We miss him so.

While we know we cannot replace him, we are aware of the joy a pup brings to one's life and want to start what can be a long process of finding our next family member.

We are hooked on the Havanese breed for all the reasons I'm sure you are aware of, their intelligence, spunk and yes, even the "Velcro dog" aspect of their breed.

We are both retired from jobs in Education and love the outdoors. We live on the central coast of California, near San Luis Obispo where there are many quiet beaches, boardwalks and a very pet friendly community.

I say it could be a long process for two reasons. One is because we are very rational people who don't take adoption lightly and secondly we want a larger, taller pup. Our Wiley was a BIG BOY. He was quite tall for a Hav, more of a medium sized dog weighing 30lbs.
He was perfect for the rough and tumble of hiking and climbing and swimming. We know he was unique (far from standard) and that we may have a tough time finding a larger pup. We realize that Wiley was not a normal sized Hav but would still hope for another anomaly with a taller pup. Wiley was a chocolate particolour with a beautiful coat, we adopted him from Nevena's Chocolates. I know chocolates are not common so I'm not so concerned with color or even gender.

So, even though we are still in mourning for our precious boy, I want to start putting it out there so we don't miss an opportunity if/when it arises to find our new family member.

Any recommendations for reputable breeders who breed a little larger pup?

Any feedback is welcome and appreciated.

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Debbie Steele
Los Osos, California
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I'm sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a beloved pet, let alone so young.

I'm sorry, but a Havanese the size of your guy is SO far outside the standard that it is really unlikely that you will find one from a reputable breeder, who breeds to the standard.

Have you considered a Tibetan Terrier? They look similar to a Havanese, but are more the size you are looking for.
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Debbie, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Wiley and my heart goes out to you and your husband. It is so painful to lose any furbaby, but to lose him at such a young age is especially hard. I live in Canada so would not be helpful in recommending a breeder to you, I just wanted to send along my condolences to your family. One thing I might say though, don't get hung up on size if it is strictly for stamina and toughness. The little guys are just as hardy. My two are standard size at 15 and 16 pounds and they could wear me out on any hike and still be asking for more. They are very sturdy little dogs with lots of energy. Good luck on your search.







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I'm very sorry for your loss of your sweet boy Wiley. It's so painful to lose a beloved pet especially when they are young. Hoping you find a fur baby to fill that empty space.
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Thank you, Ollie's Mom for your kind words and encouragement. We will choose a pup that touches our hearts regardless of size, we are just hoping for a bigger one.

And by the way...we have decided, since Wiley's passing to take a holiday away. We have been talking about both the west and east coast of Canada, so maybe a breeder in Canada isn't out of the question?

Thank you again,
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Debbie, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Wiley and my heart goes out to you and your husband. It is so painful to lose any furbaby, but to lose him at such a young age is especially hard. I live in Canada so would not be helpful in recommending a breeder to you, I just wanted to send along my condolences to your family. One thing I might say though, don't get hung up on size if it is strictly for stamina and toughness. The little guys are just as hardy. My two are standard size at 15 and 16 pounds and they could wear me out on any hike and still be asking for more. They are very sturdy little dogs with lots of energy. Good luck on your search.
That's absolutely true! My smallest one is 9 1/2 lbs dripping wet, and all three of ours can hike rings around us. (literally). The only timeshare legs have been a problem at times have been on very "bouldery" climbs, where we've needed to actually lift them onto the next higher step. The good thing is that with littler ones, they aren't heavy to lift up!
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Thank you, Ollie's Mom for your kind words and encouragement. We will choose a pup that touches our hearts regardless of size, we are just hoping for a bigger one.

And by the way...we have decided, since Wiley's passing to take a holiday away. We have been talking about both the west and east coast of Canada, so maybe a breeder in Canada isn't out of the question?

Thank you again,
Cheers
Debbie Steele
The problem with purchasing a dog in Canada at this point is that the U.S. has put a dumb law in place, requiring that any dog brought in, regardless of the age, must have received its Rabies shot. So that means either giving a puppy a Rabies shot when it is much too young, or waiting until the puppy is much older than optimum age for socialization. (generally, you don't want to give a Rabies shot until they are 6 months old)


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I am too so very sorry for your loss especially at such a young age! I love the photo of you two!
I am glad you are looking for another, there is someone on the forum here looking to rehome her 4yr old male who is quite large, 25 lbs...
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I'm sorry for your loss!

And, welcome.
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I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Wiley. What a life you must have given him! That picture of the two of you on the boulder is precious! I am new to the Havanese world, so I can't give you any advice, but I feel certain that reputable breeders sometimes have puppies that are oversized that they would want to place in a pet home; it just might take more time than you want to spend. When you get the feeling that you are ready for a puppy, it is awfully hard to resist! Wishing you good luck!
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