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Affectionate puppy?

Can you tell whether a puppy (say, a few weeks before you get to take him/her home) will be very affectionate? Can they show a lap-sitting/cuddling tendency when they're that young or are they mostly concerned with sleep and play?
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Honestly, I have yet to meet a Havanese that wasn't affectionate and people oriented. Being a lap dog isn't exactly the same thing. Chihuahuas are usually lap dogs, and it's more often than not resource guarding rather than that they are so affectionate! LOL!

Not sure if you can tell with a young puppy whether they will specifically be a LAP dog, but you can certainly tell which puppies are more laid back and or people oriented. Kodi wasn't particularly laid back, but he was VERY people oriented, and spent our whole first day together saying "Pick me! Pick me!" I was trying VERY hard to be very clinical about picking the "right" puppy, and every time I looked down, there was Kodi on my lap (I was sitting on the floor) staring into my face. It was love at first sight!


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Honestly, I have yet to meet a Havanese that wasn't affectionate and people oriented. Being a lap dog isn't exactly the same thing. Chihuahuas are usually lap dogs, and it's more often than not resource guarding rather than that they are so affectionate! LOL!

Not sure if you can tell with a young puppy whether they will specifically be a LAP dog, but you can certainly tell which puppies are more laid back and or people oriented. Kodi wasn't particularly laid back, but he was VERY people oriented, and spent our whole first day together saying "Pick me! Pick me!" I was trying VERY hard to be very clinical about picking the "right" puppy, and every time I looked down, there was Kodi on my lap (I was sitting on the floor) staring into my face. It was love at first sight!
That is so sweet I wish I were able to visit the puppies but I live too far and will be relying on the breeder to choose the "right" puppy for me.
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Our Leo has been a cuddler since the day we brought him home. Rexy was a whirling dervish from the day he came home until he was neutered at 18 months. Now he is a cuddly LAP dog so super sweet and affectionate. Different temperaments early on but basically ended up in the same place!
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We thought we were getting a quiet lap dog when we got a Havanese, but Shama barks more than we'd ever imagined she would (we blame the barky neighborhood dogs), and she doesn't ever climb up onto our laps. She will tolerate being held when she has to, but her preference is to be lying somewhere on the floor or in one of her beds near us. She has gotten very good at letting me brush and comb her while she's on my lap, however. She still hates having her head combed and will paw at her head, messing up what I've just combed and twisted, until the moment when I'm putting in the clip, when she suddenly goes very still. We're still thinking she may become more of a lap dog with age, but we're not holding our breath . . . I'd say the best thing you can do is make it clear to the breeder exactly what you're hoping to get in your Havanese even as you understand that you will love whatever sweet puppy you get!

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We thought we were getting a quiet lap dog when we got a Havanese, but Shama barks more than we'd ever imagined she would (we blame the barky neighborhood dogs), and she doesn't ever climb up onto our laps. She will tolerate being held when she has to, but her preference is to be lying somewhere on the floor or in one of her beds near us. She has gotten very good at letting me brush and comb her while she's on my lap, however. She still hates having her head combed and will paw at her head, messing up what I've just combed and twisted, until the moment when I'm putting in the clip, when she suddenly goes very still. We're still thinking she may become more of a lap dog with age, but we're not holding our breath . . . I'd say the best thing you can do is make it clear to the breeder exactly what you're hoping to get in your Havanese even as you understand that you will love whatever sweet puppy you get!
Did you meet her before you took her home? Did she seem much different as a young puppy? I will adore my dog no matter what, but because I live in an apartment I am hoping for a quieter, more laid back dog. I will be very clear with my breeder though, on what i'm looking for
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That is so sweet I wish I were able to visit the puppies but I live too far and will be relying on the breeder to choose the "right" puppy for me.
I flew to NC from MA to meet Kodi (and Pixel too... Panda was born only 1 1/2 hours from me). I wouldn't buy a dog without meeting the breeder, seeing how the puppies are raised and meeting at least the dam. (sometimes the sire lives elsewhere) And while I think it's tremendously important to consider the breeder's judgement on whether a certain puppy has the "right" temperament for what I'm looking to do with it, personal connection is also something to be considered.

When I went to meet Kodi's litter, the breeder and I had talked a number of times, and she had kind of "pre-picked" a different puppy for me. (looks wise, pretty close to the same as Kodi) When I was there, SHE saw the connection that quickly developed between Kodi and me too. She agreed completely that Kodi was the "right" pick for me, and had to change all the paperwork she had done ahead of time.

With Pixel, also, it was a decision we made together. Sometimes that's not possible. Sometimes the breeder wants to hold a specific puppy back for herself, otherwise, ad certain puppy may already be promised to someone else. But I'd STILL want "veto power", if I went to see the puppy and there was something I didn't like about it...
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Did you meet her before you took her home? Did she seem much different as a young puppy? I will adore my dog no matter what, but because I live in an apartment I am hoping for a quieter, more laid back dog. I will be very clear with my breeder though, on what i'm looking for
First, we met our breeder and her dogs to make sure my DH would not have an allergic reaction. At that time, we met the dog who would later give birth to Shama. She was very affectionate and full of energy. Later, we got to visit Shama and her brother when they were two and a half weeks old, five and a half weeks old, and seven weeks old. At the seven-week visit, we conducted our "puppy aptitude tests" and decided we wanted Shama instead of her brother who was much larger than she was but who lay around a lot as opposed to Shama who was always on the go. Then we brought Shama home when she was nine and a half weeks old. Our breeder only lives 90 minutes from us.

Here's a video of Shama's following test:

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Here's her social attraction test:

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Here she is interacting with a puppy who looks just like her in the mirror:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/koledw9gur...irror.MTS?dl=0
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First, we met our breeder and her dogs to make sure my DH would not have an allergic reaction. At that time, we met the dog who would later give birth to Shama. She was very affectionate and full of energy. Later, we got to visit Shama and her brother when they were two and a half weeks old, five and a half weeks old, and seven weeks old. At the seven-week visit, we conducted our "puppy aptitude tests" and decided we wanted Shama instead of her brother who was much larger than she was but who lay around a lot as opposed to Shama who was always on the go. Then we brought Shama home when she was nine and a half weeks old. Our breeder only lives 90 minutes from us.
Those videos are so sweet--thanks for posting them!! That's great that your breeder lived so close
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the pup should always be willing to approach you if you visit the breeder. I believe in nurture being the major player when it comes to being a "lapdog". ST Bernards can be lap dogs. A lot is up to you ... https://www.dogstardaily.com/training/handling-gentling

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