Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
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It sounds like you are on the right path for choosing the right dog for you. I have a Lhasa right now who is 14 1/2, I lived in India for 21 yrs and they are a very common house pet there, they call them poodles, I found all small dogs are referred to as poodles there! The reason they are popular is they are hardy, independant and loyal. They are clowns and need to be taught early not to bark.
I now have two Havanese and I use to show Shih Tzus, I have moved to Havanese accidently with my first Yogi who was a rescue, he is a love, but because he was a rescue he has issues. He is very active and is not very indedendpen, will stay with the other dogs if I am gone, but is not happy. The second we bought from a very good breeder, she turned out to be very shy, she has had many issues and she hated to be left alone even with the other two dogs, she is better now. The Hav's are very different from the Lhasa's, or Tzu's. I feel at this time the Hav's have less genetic issues, I fear in the current market, this may not be true for long. Take your time, you can go to dog shows (just one or two) and meet people, handlers are a very good source, for breeders, sometimes they bring puppies to the show (you will have to go outside to the car to meet them) find people who will talk about the breed. Then you can go to their home to see dogs. Most good breeders will take a pup back, but it is a sad affair for both the pup and the family. You have time choose carefully.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.