Mom to Addie and Ozzie
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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!!