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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 08-08-2010, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Cool I think I'm turning Havanese. I think I'm turning Havanese. I really think so!

Okay, I actually KNOW I am.

I've been lurking your forum for a little while and just started posting in the last couple of days. I am so glad I found you all as you are just a wealth of wonderful information and wonderful pix!

My husband and I live in NYC and are getting a male Havanese puppy early next year (Jan/Feb). It will be my first do and I am so excited I can hardly stand it! The only way I'm making it through is reading up on "how to" and getting my pix fix here!

I have a couple questions that I'm hoping you can help me with.
1. How soon do you contact your breeder to let him/her know that you are interested in adopting a puppy? I contacted Prairiwind and Linda said it was too early and she didn't know what she would have and to contact her in December. Between gestation, the 8-week waiting period and waiting lists, I thought I'd be contacting her earlier rather than later.

2. I am looking for a smaller dog (no larger than 12lbs) so he can fly with us in-cabin when we travel to Ohio a few times a year to visit family. Do you have any recommendations for good, reputable breeders either in the New York area (or drivable distance) or within an a hour or two from Cleveland? We are happy to go anywhere to pick up our dog but want the journey to be as easy on him as possible.
I know breeders have been discussed a lot here, but I was unable to find a definitive thread devoted to which ones the forum members have used. If I overlooked it, please fee free to redirect me.

I will definitely have a ton more questions over my journey, but I don't want to overload you all! I'm so glad to be here and am excited to join your wonderful community.

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There is a breeder on this forum that lives in New Jersey. My mind went blank regarding her name - can anyone help here??

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2. I am looking for a smaller dog (no larger than 12lbs) so he can fly with us in-cabin when we travel to Ohio a few times a year to visit family.
With such a specific criteria, you may want to consider another breed or be willing to wait a long time for a breeder to have an unusually small Havanese. There are a lot of male Havanese that do not reach 12 pounds, but a breeder can't predict that with certainty unless they are intentionally breeding small dogs for the sake of having small pups. Many males are 12 pounds and over.
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Thank you for your replies.

Kathie, are you thinking of Wyndward in Bayonne? I did find something about her here.

Kimberly, I do see that many Havanese seem to be larger per the weight threads. In reading about the breed, I found the breed listed in the 8-13lb range. Is that a mislead?

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^ I agree with Kimberly.

If you're looking for a dog that can fly with you, it doesn't need to be under 12 lbs. All major US airlines allow dog + carrying case to be 20 lbs. I have never once had my carrier and dog weighed. In my experience, height is more of an issue for taking a dog on an airplane versus weight. If their legs are too long, they can't stand up and turn around in their carrier, making the trip uncomfortable for them! The flight from NY to Cleveland is not very long, pup will probably sleep most of the time.

You could always look for the smallest in the litter. Roscoe was the smallest boy in his litter - 2.5 lbs at 8 weeks and now 10 lbs 6 oz at 10 months. We didn't choose him for this reason, though, it just sort of worked out that way. He has only gained a pound in the last 4 months...half of that is probably his fluff! LOL

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Kimberly, I do see that many Havanese seem to be larger per the weight threads. In reading about the breed, I found the breed listed in the 8-13lb range. Is that a mislead?
Usually show dogs are in this weight range, but there is actually no standard for weight! I have heard of Havs anywhere from 5 lbs to 25 lbs. Some breeders purposely breed them a bit bigger, some smaller. You want to stay away from the breeders who purposely go TOO small (under 8 lbs) because it's not healthy. Havanese are not MEANT to be this size, and they can have a lot of health problems associated with being so small (liver shunts, for example).

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Yes, Wynward is what I was thinking of. Of course, Abby is a female and at 3 yrs. she is just finally topping out at eight pounds. I have noticed that a lot of the dogs on this forum are heavier than the standard or right at the top of it. I just waited until I could find a puppy that shouldn't get over eight pounds and that is what I got. She was eight months old when we got her so I guess by then the breeder was pretty sure of what her weight would be. Good luck at finding what you want!

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Thanks, Galaxie!
No, I wouldn't want to go too small either. One of the reasons we love the Havanese is for their sturdiness.
Thanks for the tip about show dogs vs. pet. That makes sense. We are not set on our dog being under 12lbs. I really didn't state that right above. We're just using it as a ballpark for top weight. It just makes for more options in the portability area. Obviously if our baby grew to be bigger we would love him just the same - just more to squeeze! Ha!

All of your babies are adorable, btw!

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Thank you, Kathie! May I ask which breeder you went with?

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We are so excited for you! Welcome to the Forum! Raising a new puppy is a JOB! It is just like having a newborn baby which grows into the toddler stage, then suddenly a teenager. Get ready....January/February will be here before you know it!



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