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Havanese or not?

I adopted this little guy from the city shelter in April. He was listed as a cairn terrier mix (def. not), and my vet estimated him as between 9mos and a year old. For awhile I thought maybe he was a chinese crested powder puff mix but several people have since commented that they thought he might be a havanese or a havanese mix. I've named him Gibson and have been working on his training issues. He came mostly housebroken but has had a few pee/poop accidents in the 3mos since we adopted him.

His coat is silky in some areas and a bit more coarse feeling on his back, but not thick or cottony at all, more hair like. He's 12in at the shoulders, 15in from bottom of neck to where the tail starts and he weighs 10lbs.

He's goofy and very, very smart. Jumps really high, figures out how to open the zipper on his soft sided crate/house, learned to open the pull out trash cabinet on the first day he was here! Likes lots and lots of attention, a very busy little boy. He was not socialized before I got him and is afraid of traffic, children, bikes, scooters, etc. so we have a lot of work to do. He gets along well with my almost 9yo airedale and they play a few times a day. Both are raw fed.

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I should add that his fur is longer now, including on his feet. He might have been clipped before I got him, not sure as he came to the shelter as a stray. I'll try to take some new pix He's currently in his tent/house/soft sided crate. He likes to sleep under the pad and he hides when there's a fly in the house but thinks nothing of jumping at the windows when there are hummingbirds or orioles at the feeders on the windows, LOL!
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Welcome welcome. Whatever he is ,he's cute.

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He is adorable!

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Aw he's cute! Looks like at least part hav to me but I am not at all an expert. Welcome to the forum, he sounds like a joy!
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He looks awfully havie to me. He's adorable. Enjoy your new fur baby and stay with us so we can watch him grow up too.

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Gibson is a cute little guy! My daughter had a Cairn Terrier/Poodle mix several years ago and he looked a lot like that but he got to be about 16 lbs. He was adorable, too, and looked a lot like Gibson but had bigger feet! Whatever he is I think he's a keeper!!!

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What ever he is he is adorable! Some of the mixes these days just leave you guessing.

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I wouldn't even venture a guess as to what breed(s) he might be as I am not all that knowledgeable. He does look "Hav-ish" to me, but I have thought that about other dogs and was totally mistaken!! He is a cutie - I love the 'frisky' hair! And his color!

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I think he is a cairn mix myself. It depends on what the other mix was. Anymore they breed anything willy nilly and so many dogs are said to be havanese that are just mixes of other things.

He definitely has the cairn terrier color....and has the coat of a shih tzu or maltese.

Whatever he is--he is cute and I am glad you have given him a great home!

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