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Considering a Havanese


My name is Mark. I am 28 years old and live in Coral Springs, Fl. I am very interested in adding a new member to my family. I have been around dogs my whole life, and nothing brings joy like a dog. I have decided I want to purchase a beautiful puppy from a breeder. I have been doing research on various breeds and have narrowed it down to a few. I am mostly interested in companion dogs such as Bichons, Shih Tzu, and of course the Havanese. My last dog was a Bichon Frise and she was a great dog.

I am a bit concerned though because I work a 9-5 at State Farm and my girlfriend is wrapping up school and will soon begin teaching. We currently reside in an 900 sq/ft apartment with a sizeable tile space in the kitchen and laundry room (door seperating the two rooms). I am very interested in a Havanese, because of their size, gregarious nature, and keen intellect. I have browsed many websites and have gotten mixed signals on whether a Havanese puppy is appropriate for me. I only live 10 minutes from my work so it is quite feasable I could let the dog out for a bathroom break once a day. My girlfriend could also help with the potty breaks over the next several months. We also may have a couple family members that could assist with taking the dog out. Within the next 5 years I may have my own office so it is also feasible the dog could come to my workplace.

Is it reasonable to add a Havanese given my lifestyle? Is housebreaking the dog plausible if I am only be able to let it out once very 3-4 hours? Will I need a dog sitter/walker? If different people are taking the dog out, how critical is it that we all follow the exact same routine?

I really appreciate your time. I am in a preliminary stage here, and just trying to decide on breed.

Thanks for you input!
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Here is my input.

You are asking important questions. And, I want to give you some more food for thought.

Hav's are a great breed to have, one that will bond with you and your GF and will be a loving member of your family. However -->

This is a small breed dog, puppy's have very small bladders and for the first 6 - 9 months of their lives can be quite difficult to potty train if there is no one around to learn their signals, and to train them to the proper potty technique you choose to employ.

This breed thrives on routine - Particularly with potty training. The more time you spend with them the easier it will be. Generally the more time they spend with their humans the better they seem to do -- which is not to say they can't be left alone during the day, but do need to be socialized with other dogs, as well as their owners. (One of the reasons I waited till I retired to get a dog (well ok, 2 dogs) was becasue I didn't think it was fair for me to be gone all day long working, leaving the dog alone.) The fact that you work close to your home is good, but you should plan on establishing a routine early on to go home for lunch, be there after work etc.

This is a very loving - smart - beautiful breed that does really wonderfully in everything from apartments to homes with fenced in yards. But they are nicknamed a "Velcro Dog" for a reason.

Oh yeah, and dog walker - sitter etc. would be a most welcome diversion for your Hav. if you gone all day.



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I think a Hav would do ok with the set up you have your girl friend on board with a Hav? I think housebreaking is doable with your schedule but I think you would have to use pee pads, potty patch or litter box for times when you are not there to let the puppy out....depending on what age you get your puppy kind of depends on how long they can hold their bladders.......
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One thing I would say is that my Havanese turned out to be more active than I figured (or that I had read). Your apartment shouldn't be a limitation, but realize that you will have to go on pretty regular walks. At 6 months, Gracie can go a couple days without a walk, but after that she gets cabin fever.

As far as being gone all day - I wouldn't worry much about it. I'm the same as you - gone to work all day, but live close to home. At about 4 months Gracie was pretty much fine with it. Now she's 6 months, and it's just a routine - get ready in the morning with her following around... then into her crate/pen with a treat and water and she goes to sleep. I come home at or around lunch time, let her out, go straight outside so she can pee, and then I spend a little time with her (doesn't have to be much, some days I'm busy and she pretty much goes straight back into the pen). Then I come home at the end of the day, take her out really quick, and that's it.

The only thing that takes a little adjustment is that sometimes I'm ready to relax after work, and she's always ready to tear it up (having slept most of the day). But that just requires a little adjustment on my part.

So basically... I have a very similar setup, and it's easily doable. I don't think she's deprived at all, she seems very happy (sleeps when I'm gone, so it's not a big deal). You just need to commit to taking him/her out at least once during the day (even when they're older, their bladders are still small), and taking fairly regular walks. And playing
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