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??? Does puppy age matter??? white coat??

I have found a breeder that has three 6 mos old male puppies. The parent have CHIC #s and the pups have been Baer tested--so far so good.

While I love the idea of an older puppy- crated trained, mostly house broken I do have some concerns about separating the puppy from his owner and his siblings.

Any thoughts or experience to share?

Also, they are all mostly white or cream. Everyone I know who has one has dark coats. How are the light coats to care for? Do they stain easily?

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While I don't know much about getting a 6 month old puppy (I am sure many others here will), I do know about having a cream colored dog. Brady is a light cream color with yellow tipping. I love his coloring. He actually doesn't show dirt badly at all and trust me, he plays in it all the time. People will look at me and tell me how clean he looks when I know he is just filthy. I think the bit of yellow to him hides dirt well. I do keep him in a puppy cut though.

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Puppies and grown dogs adjust to new environments quite nicely. Most breeders will keep a promising puppy to evaluate for breeding or show potential. Once it is determined that some of these should go to a loving pet, these puppies make wonderful pets. Just look at he dogs up for adoption in all of the different location. I personally have placed and taken in older dogs with no problems. Good luck and enjoy.

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Kodi is cream, even though he looks white in his photos. He always looks cleaner than Shelby, because her white can yellow when it gets dirty.

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I got Maddie when she was between 7 and 8 months of age. I have always had 10-12 week old puppies (of various breeds) before. I can honestly say that getting an older pup was the best thing I could have done! Housebreaking was a breeze, no sharp puppy teeth stage, shots were done, and I could really see her temperament, which was very important to me. She bonded instantly with us. She's the same "velcro" havanese as was my prior havanese. She's a happy, well-adjusted dog who has been a blessing. Of course, the credit for Maddie's temperament goes to her breeder, Kimberly, but I wouldn't hesitate to get an older pup as long as you can see it and evaluate it in advance.

As Sandi said, many breeders keep a promising pup from a litter for show, but if things aren't perfect for that, you may be the lucky one that gets that well-trained pup. That was what happened in our case. The only difference I notice between Maddie and the Havanese puppy we got at 11 weeks is that Maddie still will often do that little "ring prance" when we walk down the street on a leash.

By the way, don't just accept CHIC#s. That just means they were tested. Go to the OFA site and check the results of those tests. Since health was so important to me, I spent alot of time on that site before making any decisions. Good luck!!
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Ditto everything Jeanne said!!!

Austin was one of those pups - got him at 6 months...he literally was totally bonded by the time we got home from the flight to get him...he is my loverboy....

and yes....Asutin does the "ring prance" it is too cute and EVERYONE notices!!! You would think he was walking to impress a BEST IN SHOW judge!!!

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I agree with everything that has been said previously!

We recently brought Addie into our home, at 9 months old. She had been with her breeder, mother, brother and other Havs since birth. It was my first experience getting an older dog, as I have always done the typical 9-12 week old before. Getting an older pup has been so much easier!!! I always knew it would probably be easier, but I was worried about her existing bond with her family, as well as our ability to bond with an older dog. She (and we) adapted beautifully and bonded so quickly. I cannot say that she and my older Havanse, Simon, are the best of friends yet, but they are getting better! Since Addie is a little older, I also have lesser concerns about Simon inadvertently hurting her.

Also, with regard to coat care, I don't know if it is the color, simply the different lines of my dogs, or Addie's age, but Addie's coat is so much more high maintenance than Simon's. Simon is a black Irish pied and his coat is so much silkier than Addie's. I am hoping that she is still going through that difficult puppy stage and coat care will become easier. However, one big advantage to a white or cream dog is the ability to see the skin more easily. Unfortunately I spotted a flea on Addie the other day. While I hated seeing the flea, at least I could see it, and deal with it. I would never be able to see a flea, tick, rash or anything on Simon, except on his chest or belly.

Whatever you decide, I hope it works out well for you!!

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Well my first dog is a maltese who just happens to love to get dirty <BG> I would say it is a lot easier to keep my havanese clean looking. She has some dark color but her white, isnt as bright white as the maltese so it doesn't show being dirty as much. Although, when we were painting Dora walked thru the fallen rain paint color and proved that she can change color quite quickly!


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I actually was hoping for an older puppy...

you know their personality, their look is more established....

the only issue i have is tear staining with winston and by 6 months, you'd be able to tell if the dogs had this issue.

if they're kim s.'s dogs, they are ADORABLE and she is a highly recommended breeder.

good luck.


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They are Kim's. Did you meet them or just see pics.

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