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How playful are older Havanese dogs?

Hello. I've been considering the possibility of adopting a Havanese through Havanese Rescue or HALO. I know Ache would enjoy having a more playful sister or brother than my Chihuahua. There are some options but many of them are 5 to 9 years old dogs. Ache is 1 y/o and very playful. I am not sure if an older dog can be a good playmate or match for her. I know each case is different, but I would like to know the opinion of those who have rescues or foster them. What do you think? Thanks.


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If she is playful, I think a younger rescue would be better. My guys are 7, 6 and 5 and they are pretty chill. You have to take into account my guys get walked about 45 min to and hr daily. If I didn't walk them I do think they would be more playful.





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I wish we were closer! I bet Ache and Tillie would LOVE each other!!! Tillie is SUPER playful and I think she will be for most of her life!
I have now met 4 other havs here in town and they are ALL so chill, it amazes me! I always thought Tillie was "normal" but now that I have met some others ... wellllll, maybe Tillie is a bit 'hyperactive' LOL

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Teresita, I really think it depends on the temperment of the dogs. Some dogs are more laid back then others even in our Havs. My guys all play hard and love to play several times a day with each other and then alone. Yogi is my youngest he is about 3 now, We got Misty a little over a year ago she is now 4, My Lhasa Boo Boo is 14.5 and loves to play and hard if we let him. When we brought home Yogi he was about 7 months and Boo Boo was 12 and we had a 9 yr old Tzu, we were very concerned that the old guys would be bothered, Boo Boo who had always enjoyed playing too rough with the Tzu perked up and was game to play with the puppy even the Tzu would play (not as much he had a very bad heart problem). After Boo Boo had the disc problem and our Tzu had passed away we thought we would get a puppy, but decided we needed a calmer bit older Hav to calm Yogi down, well Misty is calm....she is also a demon for play. I really believe it is the personality.

Since you are planning to get your pet from a rescue that fosters ask about the personality of the dog you are looking at, be up front about what kind of dog will fit in your household. Some of the foster parents can email you video of the dog playing or interacting with other dogs in their household. Do have an open mind about rescueing an older pet.

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Thanks for your replies and great insight.


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It's so hard to say, our Dizzie has always been very sensible and calm.although he loves his walks every day and Nellie[who sounds a little like Tillie]makes sure they have several racing chasing games every day,if we didn't have Nellie,Dizzie might have become a little boring,but no chance of that now!!

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Tere, Abby is four and when we got McGee it was like she had a new lease on life! They play hard several times a day. So, I would not discount an older dog at all - just check their energy level and personality.

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Playfulness, and activity level for 5 to 9 year olds is not much different than one year olds. Twinkle will be 15 in Jan., and she still plays like and with puppies. Our whole pack enjoys chasing a thrown ball, and Twinkle still gets it about as often as anyone else does other than Posh. Same with our younger 12 and 10 year olds. I would think it would vary with the individual, and whether or not they have any mechanical issues.
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Great !! Thanks for sharing your experiences.


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