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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-29-2011, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Havanese and Poodles

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I have a one and a half year old Havanese and want to add a poodle to our family. I love the Havanese but can not groom two Havanese and I love them in a full coat so I am thinking of adding a poodle. I had a small Spitz and a big Lab mix, so I like having a big and little dog. My spitz died last year at fourteen and than I brought home my Havanese. My lab is going on sixteen and really slowing down so I thought down the road I would get a standard poodle. My husband likes little dogs and likes to travel so I am also considering a toy poodle.
I really like the standards, but of course, the toy is more portable. I have to weigh out the pros and cons of a standard and a toy to decide which one is the best fit for our family. I am not considering minis because I either want a big dog or a dog small enough to fly in the cabin of a plane. I would like a bigger toy maybe around ten pounds give or take. My Havanese is twelve and a half pounds and he flies everywhere with us and even has a basket on my bike that he rides in.

Does anyone have a Havanese and a Poodle, is so what has your experience been with the two breeds?

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Destiny

Does anyone out there have a Havanese and a Poodle
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I know several people who have both a Havanese and a Poodle, and we have a forum member who has a Standard Poodle as well as her Havanese.

Just as with Havs, I think it's all about finding a good breeder, and having them help you pick the right dog. I know several lovely Toy Poodles, and several others that the "ankle biters" that give small dogs a bad name. I also know a couple of FABULOUS Standards, and a couple of others that, while sweet, are so goofy and hyperactive that I couldn't live with them. Poodles are a popular breed which means that there are LOTS of people breeding them. You just have to be very careful and pick the one who will be a good fit for your family and your Hav.


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Some family members have poodles--the toy size--and these particular dogs have a less playful attitude toward our Havanese. They get along with the other poodles but Bella is very playful and they don't like that.

About grooming--we considered a poodle before getting our Hav but the grooming is difficult with a poodle. We keep our Havanese shorter and they get a bath weekly but with the poodle, we couldn't scissor cut the fur as easily as our dogs. The hair is curly so cutting it, in my opinion, takes an electric clipper. Their ears also matt easily and their fur needs trimming around the tail on a regular basis.

All of this is just my opinion. Whatever kind of dog you get will be perfect for you and your situation. We got our second Havanese when she was 8 years old and I love an older dog. It was an excellent decision and I wish we would have known the great value of an older dog years ago. Good luck choosing!
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