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New here from Texas!


My name is Marah and I'm new here! We are still waiting to become a Havanese family.

For some background, my 11 year old daughter is "officially" the one looking to become a Havanese Momma. I didn't even know the breed existed until about 5 months ago! When discussing getting a puppy, I told her I was all for it, but she had to do her research and find the right dog for our family. She read more books than I can count and made her own list of criteria, even thinking of things like "hypoallergenic" as her little sister has asthma (but no pet allergy- she just wanted to be safe!) She was the one who discovered Havs...three more books about Havanese later, and some emails to a few breeders, and I have to admit, she may have found the perfect breed for us.

So much so that now I'm thinking of getting my own Hav as well!

My biggest uncertainty at the moment is that we don't personally know any Hav families, so we haven't spent time with them. I can understand breeders don't want everyone and their uncle stopping by only to play with pups, but I'm still hoping we can find someone who will let us just come and see the dogs in person, even knowing we aren't quite ready to purchase yet.

We don't have a timeline as to when we'll find our dog (or even how old, sex, color, etc). We do need to move into our new house first, but after that...we'd rather have the right dog than the "right now" dog, y'know?

Okay, way long introduction. Glad to have found you all!

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Hi and welcome the the Forum, I am glad that you have found us.
Where abouts are you located in TX? I may know someone who would let you come and visit their Havanese, if you are close enough to visit.

I look forward to seeing you future adventures when you do decide to be come a family owned by a Havanese


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Thanks Heather!

We're north of DFW. We just moved here over Labor Day. We're staying with my in-laws right now as we wait for our old house in MI to sell (which is why we are waiting to add to the family).

We may have found one breeder who will let us come biggest hesitation right now is that it would be when she has puppies available, and I'm not sure I trust myself not to come home with one!
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Thanks Heather!

We may have found one breeder who will let us come biggest hesitation right now is that it would be when she has puppies available, and I'm not sure I trust myself not to come home with one!
If you decide to go visit, just leave your checkbook at home.
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Hi Marah, and Welcome!

Sounds like your daughter is very serious about getting the right addition to your family! What a responsible little girl!

I live in Dallas (literally, IN Dallas) and am owned by two havs. I would be happy to set up a play date for your family to meet them sometime, if you'd like. Neither of them are puppies, though, so if you're specifically wanting to see pups then you should definitely go to a breeder.

Both of mine are rescues, but both have some very definite Hav traits. Tango is my girl, and by our best guess, she's probably around 13-14 years old. Bandit is my boy, and he's almost 2. Tango is much more laid-back, and much more "clingy" where Bandit can get a little excited at times and prefers to run and play on his own, rather than be a lap dog. So it would give you a good idea for some of the different personality types, and help you narrow down what you might want in a dog. Then when you are ready to contact a breeder, you can have some questions and some specifics to help you choose the right pup.

Just an option, of course!

If you are interested, send my a PM and we'll set up a play date.

Just in case this wasn't clear - I am not a breeder, and both of my Havs are altered. I don't have puppies, and my two are definitely not candidates for rehoming. :-) That's my disclaimer....
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Marah, lucky you on three counts. You obviously have a wonderful, responsible daughter, you're about to be loved by a havanese (or more than one) and you found this great and supportive group.

Hope your house sells quickly and you can get into your own home in Texas. I'm excited to hear about your future fur baby. Welcome to the forum.

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Your family will be absolutely perfect for Havs! You have obviously done a great job working with your daughter. She sounds perfectly amazing! No doubt you are quite proud of her and should be.

Havanese are a simply wonderful breed. I think you will love them. Their intelligence is astounding; even after reading about how smart they are, I'm still surprised by my puppy's intellect. Since your daughter is quite smart, this should be a great match up.

So welcome and enjoy! This forum is a fount of wonderful information.

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Welcome, Marah! I hope you and your daughter find the Hav/Havs you're looking for. Great idea to wait until getting into your new home - hope the old one sells quickly. It is sooo hard to wait!!!

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Hi Marah and to the forum!
Bravo on doing all the legwork.. What the books don't tell you is that havs are extremely social (meaning, they do not like to be alone and want to be with you all.the.time. I can't remember the last time I went to the bathroom by myself, lol) and although they are considered 'family' dogs, they will attach themselves closely to the main caretaker who is with them the most, they seem to branch out a bit after teen-years, but puppies are pretty clingy to alpha-mom or dad..

They can be harder to housebreak than some breeds, and they do require lots of grooming (brushing or trips to the groomer)...It will be alot of work for an 11 year old, I do know someone who is 13 yo with a havanese, her hobby is showing and she keeps the dog in immaculate condition, so I know it can be done, with the right commitment and a responsible and mature attitude.

Glad you are here!! And I agree with everyone else, visit as many as you can, its a big commitment and they aren't just dogs, they are family members to many of us

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Thanks everyone!

We absolutely do not "have" to see fact, we're more concerned with how they are as they grow, puppyhood is cute but it's a short short period of the time they would be part of our family! In fact we haven't even set our minds to the fact our new dog would be a puppy, we're open to older dogs as well.

I think the biggest thing for us would be the temperament of the dog. My daughter would love having a dog that will sit and snuggle with her. She likes to play with them,t oo, but for my daughter having an animal to "mother" and be her companion is important.
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