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Differences in breed?

I was somewhere today where a woman walked in with a beautiful 13 week Havanese female. I was shocked at how different she was than my 15 week old. First she was twice the size, her hair was silkier and thicker, her nose was a bit more "scrunched". I have always had Goldens so I know that the "look" within this breed can vary greatly. Just wondering if it is also the case with Havanese? Also, since I did pay extra for the Havanese I want to make sure I got what I paid for. I read on another thread where someone was able to prove their dog was not the breed described and was refunded their money. I have had 4-5 other people see her and are surprised to find out she is a Havanese. Someone described her as part Pom part Bichon. That is a pretty good description.
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There is no doubt more genetic diversity in the Havanese breed than probably any other purebred breed.
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I got Rosie at 16 weeks old. She did not have the undercoat at the time. In fact, I was surprised when it started growing in. Her little tail was not filled out, but she did hold it over her rear. Her nose is not scrunched in either--looks like all the rest now. Post some pictures of her so we can see. We love pictures.
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Panda was 6.5 lbs at 15 weeks. She has a longer snout, not scrunched. There does seem to be quite a bit of diversity in Havs. European lines tend to be smaller, less "sturdy" (I think). Lucile is right - we love pictures!!!

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Yes, some have long snouts and some don't, I've noticed that at all of the playdates and the havs are from all different breeders, so they don't all look the same,

Although, most people I meet have never even heard of a havanese much less have ANY clue what they are supposed to look like. I"m pretty good at spotting them out, but I did mistake a bichon for a hav once, and short hair havanese, well..they have a unique look as well.

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One of the puppies we considered was very slender with longer legs. I thought it looked more like a Cavanese (King Charles Cavalier/Havanese). Very cute and sweet but we wanted the sturdy and bigger Hav. Everything we own is on the sturdier side. I believe in oak.

(sidenote: also when I asked the breeder for the registered names of the parents, she didn't never replied again. hmmm... maybe it was a Cavanese! )


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Snout is such a weird word, it only really seems appropriate for a pig...
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My two are very different. Pixie has a dense, thick coat that you cannot run a comb through. She has more of (and I hate to coin this cheesy phrase, *but*) a teddy bear face, and shorter legs. MiG has more of a "roman nose" for sure, longer legs, straighter, silkier hair that a comb glides through. He just seems to be lankier, and she's like a little Ewok.

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When Lynda and I first started looking at the Havenese as a breed the one thing we really desired is the personality(s) the Breed displays. And that's what we got with Snickers --> she displays all of the attributes of a Havanese. We also got a dog that is a bit broader than we expected, a bit shorter in the nose than is optimum, but has the ideal height and length. Go Figure! We met both the Mom and the Dad and were very satisfied that we were getting the puppy we wanted ---> A puppy that had all of the Havanese traits.

Now, Here comes Snoopy ---- Snoopy's mom is different than Snickers' is. She's a beautiful dog, but her coat isn't as soft and silky as we'd of preferred, but his Dad's is.... there are other differences involved too, but (even though we don't have Snoopy yet) we're sure we'll love him just the same as we do Snickers...


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mine came from the same breeder and still are a bit different...

Daisy has a much silkier coat, though it is less thick. She is also ten pounds and has a nicer tail set.

Riki I think is a bit cuter, he has more of a cotton candy coat. They come from the same line male-wise, so it is their moms who made the difference in their looks.

When we were at Pet Expo everyone asks us what some of the dogs are as there is a huge diversity in size and coat type.

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