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Our family is currently interested in getting a dog..Ive researched for weeks, and narrowed it down to the miniature poodle, the havanese, and the coton de tulear...
We do have a 2 1/2 yr old so if we got a puppy we would wait 2 or so yrs, but am currently looking into adoption of a young dog, then we may get the dog sooner...
If you know of any breeders in NJ, please feel free to let me know..
Do you think its a good family dog?
Does anyone know the major difference between the havanese and the coton? To me, the traits seem the same, and they look almost alike...
I am a stay at home mom, we have a large fenced in yard...
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There are a few people here who have both so I'll let them speak to the coton. Havanese are wonderful family dogs. They're small, sturdy, loving, adorable to watch and long lived. I started out with one three years ago and now have three. I guess you can say I'm addicted. You should know though they can be high maintenance. They have to be groomed a lot, brushing almost every day, if not every day, unless you keep them in puppy cuts or shorter. They also go through a "coat blowing" stage during which you may want to kill yourself (JK).

I wish you luck in your search, whichever dog you ultimately choose for your family. Welcome to the group.

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Thanks PJewel!!
Your dogs are adorable!!!
Yes, we heard all about the grooming/brushing and we are ok with that..
I thought they were low shedders? Do they blow just once a yr?
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My Quince has blew coat twice....but it's do-able....
Havanese are fabulous dogs!

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They only blow coat at around 8 months of age and again around two, I think. They are very low shedders - some not at all.

They are good with small children and have very laid-back personalities. We have had poodles in the past and they are much more hyper and don't usually like small children.
Now that I've had a Hav I don't think I'd have another breed.

Good luck on your search and welcome to the forum!

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About 37 years ago, I had a mini poodle. She was the love of my life at the time. Yet she was not good with children at all; and when I had my third child, she just went berserk. She couldn't stand the new baby and the attention he got, so I had to let my mother take her home. So my recomendation is not to get a mini poodle. I don't know about the coton. My Rosie is the best dog I have ever had (and I am old). Yet, she doesn't take to little children right away. It takes a while before she trusts them. But not a mean bone in her body. She wouldn't bite for anything--just run away.
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So good to know!!!
Im also on the poodle forums too
What is so weird to me, is I am reading more of these stories with poodles and children that are not great, but why the hect does everything else I read say how great they are with kids, the standard and the miniature..
The toy they say is not recommended...It is very weird to me..So Im reconsidering the poodle...After watching videos of the coton and the havanese, (Practically the same family) they seem so much more low key then the poodles...
I also read yorkies are horrible with children, maybe cause they are high strung, and our yorkie was great with kids , when we had one when I was in high school..
So its all confusing..
Im basically looking for a look that barks, but not too much, I want a laid back kind of dog, kind of a lap dog, a dog that likes a walk, but that does not need extensive walking and exercise, and a low shedder, hopefully more hypoallergenic...Even though I dont think anyone of us are allergic to pets..
I am a stay at home, so I only go out here an there for an hr or two..the most 3 hrs, but thats rare..Sometimes I dont go out but an hr a day combined..We have one daughter, and she most likely will be our only..Im 37
Any other info I woudl love! For instance what is oyur typcial day with your dog, ?? Woudl love to see from mornign till night, and the times, what you do>?Feeding, taking him out> How many times? Etc..Where does he/she sleep?
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I apologize for the typos,, Please understand Im the worst typer that ever lived! LOL..My hubby always teases me for it, cause I never reread my posts.
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My mother bred poodles and I do think they are not the best around children, especially jealous if a new baby comes, but as with any breed..there are always exceptions to the rules.

Havs are known to be good with children, but there are a few that aren't and Yorkies, friend has a yorkie that loves kids, so its all so subjective depending on temperment.

If you do go with a older dog or a rescue, contact HRI (foster homes generally help them work out their problems) or a really wonderful breeder who has socialized. Some older dogs that are available are from Mills or people that don't care too much about them and they can have some problems from the get go...I'd do my research if I had a 2yo child at home, I'm not trying to scare you or talk you out of an older dog, many have had wonderful experiences and gladly skipped the housebreaking phase, lol I"m just telling you to do your due diligence

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Me again

Thumper: What doe HRI Mean??
Yes, I know what you mean, thats why Im kind of concerned about a rescue...But at the same time, getting a puppy, wouldnt work????
My daughter is 2 1/2 yrs old, and she may be to jumpy for the puppy? The puppy woudl eat all her toys, etc?/ I heard it wasnt a good idea to bring a puppy in the home with a little one...
So unsure..I just wish I coudl find a breeder, that had a 2 yr old dog to give me..I didnt find any breeders from the club, that are in NJ, so Im confused on what to do..
Does anyone know of a reputable breeder in NJ????

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