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Question W have a 1 year old, thinking of getting a 2nd Hav. Feedback and opinions wanted!

Edit-so after posting, I see thread below describing having multiple Hav's.

So our little guy just turned one and we just love and adore him, not to mention he is probably a little spoiled as our "only child".

My wife and I Both work during the week and our little guy is alone 4 days per week, for about 7 hours each of those four days.

On the weekends he goes everywhere with us and when we are home during the week he is always at our side.

We are seriously considering getting another Havenese puppy, not only for a playmate for him, but because we just love this breed and were hoping to get feedback from those who have two or more Havenese and what you feel are the pros and cons.

Also, did you get your two Havs at the sametime or did you add a second one later on and how did your original Hav respond? Happy or jealous?

While I realize the obvious, double vet bills, double haircut and food bills, etc, do you regret having two and wished you just had one and continued to spoil him/her or is two Hav's double the pleasure or kind of a pain?

Thanks in advance for the feedback and opinions.

Terry & Mary - Parents of our boy Chandler, born on June 5th, 2009 & our girl Phoebe, born July 30, 2010.

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I love having two havs. Max was a year old when I adopted Cooper who was almost a year old. They were best buds from the moment they met and still are. They are great fun to watch play! No problems at all.

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having two havs

I love having two. They have so much personality and they love each other so much! But I have to say they love me the most. I could watch them all day long playing with each other. They play chase, keep away, hide and go seek, they wrestle and a lot more.... Two is better than one. I don't feel as guilty when I have to leave for long periods of time or out of town. Every now and then I think I want a third but then I remember I only have two arms and two hands, so it is pretty perfect as is. I say don't wait another minute get your hav a playmate!
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Daisy was one when we added Beau. He has the same parents but from the next years litter so they are brother and sister. We have never regretted adding Beau. I didn't think I could ever love another dog as much as Daisy - but then we got Beau and I found its like having kids. You love them all and they are all different personalities!

They love each other. They are best buds and play together all day long when they aren't curled up near each other sleeping. Still, when we sit down at night, one goes on my lap and the other goes to my husband's lap. They act like a couple of little kids - jealous if they think one got an extra treat or something - but are so concerned about each other.

As much as I love Daisy and Beau, I don't think we would add another at this point. Two is the perfect number for us to give them the attention and care they deserve. However, as they get older my DH wants to add a third so we aren't ever left without a havie.

Luckily, my daughter has a havie also - and would take ours if anything ever happened to us.....

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Also, did you get your two Havs at the sametime or did you add a second one later on and how did your original Hav respond? Happy or jealous?

While I realize the obvious, double vet bills, double haircut and food bills, etc, do you regret having two and wished you just had one and continued to spoil him/her or is two Hav's double the pleasure or kind of a pain?

Thanks in advance for the feedback and opinions.
I love that we got a second Hav! He makes the perfect playmate for my first. We added Marley when Rufus was a year old. He wasn't so sure about wanting a brother when we visited at the breeders house but once we brought Marley home they bonded immediately. My two have been "brothers" from the very first day Marley came home. Rufus was never jealous. He shared his toys, his bed, his food and cared for the little one like a parent at first. Rufus will still let Marley bolt down his own food and then get into his food bowl without a fuss.

Around here it's double the pleasure!
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One year is a perfect time to add another hav. I echo all the above comments except I do hav three and love it.

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Hey there. I am the negative Nelly who started the other post. I love having two Havs 99.5% of the time. They really are my life. And they do keep each other company when we are at work. And even though they are not the best match to each other, we adore each of them and they love each other even if they are a bit competitive.

All I would say is don't underestimate the obvious. double the money, double the time is big. But the only time I really mind it is not being able to be as spontaneous as we once were about going away, both because of where to keep them and the money involved on leaving them somewhere. For us it is an added $5-700 to have them stay with at a non-kennel boarding place. somehow 250-350 for one seemed like a lot less.
Now, we have hefty havs who will not fit under the seat in the cabin of a plane. I may feel less frustrated with this, if my boys were your normal 10-15 lb Neezers if so we would just take them with us (but then again, I am allergic to most places that accept pets...that's why I have Havanese)

And annual vet visit (with tick and heartworm meds) went from 350 for one to $700 for two.

And grooming two takes 4 hours instead of 2. that's a long time bent over dogs

But, I would miss them so, and I get such love and joy, and happiness, and I do believe they are happier. I just think everyone should think past the "I want a puppy." stage.

be sure to post pictures.... oh and GOOD REPUTABLE BREEDER who can help fit the right new member with your family.




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Beau is laying on the floor - just wanting to rest..... Daisy is trying to "tempt" him into playing by tossing her chippie into the air right in front of his face. He finally decides HE wants the chippie - and the fun begins!

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I went through this wanting another one this spring. Then Rosie began blowing coat and I got over it pretty quick. I did get her a kitten though and she loves Josie and they are great playmates. Helps when I am busy cleaning or cooking and she want to play. But Rosie is jealous of Josie also. She has a fit if the kitten gets in my lap or gets any attention from me. I enjoy the kitten but really wouldn't miss her if she was not around. and even it is just a cat there are the shots, spaying, and this weekend I am boarding two animals at twice the cost. I take Rosie to work with me and I can't imagine taking two dogs (the cat stays home). I have thought about fostering another havanese just to see how it would work out. Maybe that is the answer--try fostering one that you know will not stay and see how it works out for you.
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I love having 2. They keep each other company. The Havs are bred for companionship and when their humans are away, they enjoy the company of their own kind.

We added Lizzie to our family when Benji was 11 months. He was fully trained and settled to enjoy a sister or brother. My breeder picked the puppy with a compatible temperament. She also gave us a trial period to make sure they were happy with each other. They bonded from day one and we were happy to see how much Benji enjoyed having a buddy.

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