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Question Need advice about adding a Havanese to our family

Hi. I am so glad a forum like this exists, and I apologize in advance if I am posting in the wrong area. I am hoping a few of you can give me advice. I am looking to add a Havanese to our family and am undecided about rescuing an adult, or acquiring a puppy.

I am a stay at home mom with children ages 11, 7, and 2.5. We often visit my motherís farm where she has dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and cows. So we need our new buddy to be animal and people friendly.

My daughter leaves for preschool this coming fall, so our new pooch would primarily be my companion. I am very interested in a dog that would excel at therapy work. I am invested in training him/her.

I live in the suburbs of Seattle in a dog friendly community (we have large open area where all the neighbors meet with their dogs for play dates). What age of Havanese would be a better fit for our family dynamic, and future wish of therapy dog training? Can anyone recommend an ethical and responsible Breeder in the WA state area? Does anyone have experience adopting a retired show dog, and willing to share the pluses or minuses of going that route?

Thank you for your time!!

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Hi Zoe,

I can't advise you on any of your questions, but welcome! We live in north Seattle (by Lake City) and we have had our puppy for a month now (he's 14 weeks old). So we are new too, but Havanese are GREAT dogs and we can't imagine life before Ceylon (B. C. haha - sorry, I am very tired today and I tend to make silly jokes when tired lol). Anyways, welcome, and I am sure that more experienced hav owners will be able to answer your questions better. Whichever route you go, I bet you won't be sorry!
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Hi - thanks for responding so quickly!! I love Lake City - had friends who went to Nathan Hale, and used to play Basketball that way. Silly jokes are great !! Did you get Ceylon from someone here in WA state? Your pup is beautiful!!
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Our Havs are great with our grandchildren,who are 9.4 7.5 and 2.4.Our pups have very different personalities, both equally loving to us, but one is very calm and sensible, the other one is more demonstrative, and her tail never stops wagging,she is a very silly girl! So you would have to do your home work with the breeder to get the correct temperament you are looking for.Good luck!

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The formative time for a dog is it's puppyhood, when it's most impressionable birth to 16- 20 wks old. after that some experts say it's just behavior modification vs. personality.

Some adult rescue dogs are fabulous, they had great childhoods but the owner had to give them up, etc.

If you want a guarantee, there isn't one, but getting a pup from a reiable breeded is a good start, and socializing and taking puppy classes is another giant step forward.

I'm really proud of my little 1/2 hav, my two other dogs are big, over 100 lbs, and he is appropriate with every dog he meets and greets. he met an akita a month ago off leash on a trail, and no problems.

anyway, good luck.
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Photo Submissions 5 Times in 5 Posts's important to really understand an adult dog's history. I'm not sure about show dogs - others can comment better. I sometimes have the impression they are not used to the same life as a family dog would be and that a transition can be more challenging. Of course, each dog is individual as is each breeder. I do wish you luck. You sound like you are thinking about all the right things. Keep us posted!

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A havanese is the perfect companion for your family. They are smart and friendly which is an advantage if you have kids in the house. They don't also shed hair so acquired asthma will not be a problem.

"There is no such thing as ugly havanese dogs. There are some that are closer to perfection than others, that is all." - Frank Grover
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Thank you everyone for the replies!! I am definitely committed to puppy classes. My sister is a Dog Trainer:, and has offered me as many classes as needed for basic, agility, and therapy. I am so excited to work with my dog, and my sister.

So far I have had the weirdest experiences while trying to find a pup. Breeders showing lack of interest in my wanting to know more about them (I would like to know who I am buying my dog from, why they like the breed, how long they have etc), people selling dogs for "their friends", parents not on site, people not responding after my asking about their health testing practices.

This has been a very interesting process!! Sometimes I feel like maybe I am asking too many questions - but this is a big decision bringing in a new family member, and I want to do it right.

Thank you all for being supportive and your advice - I know the right Dog and breeder will come with time.
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You can NEVER ask too many questiosn and if the breeder is not asking an equal amount of questions about you and your family then walk away and don't look back.......

I have two havs that are a little over a year old and they both do great in all new situations...they adapted to apt life...travelling...whatever is on the agenda as long as they are with us they do GREAT!

Good luck and do not get discouraged!
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Hello! If a breeder won't answer your questions, or won't let you come visit then WALK AWAY. Follow your insticts and know that you are doing the RIGHT thing by being cautious!! I did the same thing and my eyes were opened to a whole new world... getting a dog is a lifetime commitment and you are doing it the RIGHT way!!! Don't even waste your time if a "breeder" isn't willing to let you come visit or won't answer your questions right out!

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