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Finally got my Havanese!!!! (long)

It all started with a Hav puppy I groomed. I fell in love right then and there. Then I lurked here. Then joined, then became much more smitten with the breed. And now here I am, as a Havanese owner!!

His name is Louis and he will be 2 years old at the end of March. I was apprehensive about adding another dog, especially a toy size. I am so in love with him it's not even funny! I love his size and he is sturdy. It's only been our 4th day together, but he acts like he's been with me all his life. I took him out after only having him for a day, and people commented "Aw, he loves you so much, he knows your his momma" when he'd give me kisses. Those people didn't even know how new he was to me!

He is such a funny little guy. Very curious and SUPER playful. The first couple of nights I didn't know he had a voice (I was in a hotel with other crated dogs), and he never made a peep. Until I brought him home and left him crated downstairs by himself while I took a shower upstairs. He sure did have a voice then and he made it loud and clear! I can tell he doesn't like being alone. He really loves other dogs and so glad that he and my standard poodle, Leroy, get along so well. He is great when crated around other dogs or people. When I first got him, I broke all my rules. 1. No dogs on the furniture (I put him in my hotel bed), 2. No people food (I fed him macaroni and cheese), and 3. No people food while I'm eating (I fed him with my fork in between bites)... sooo.... looks like he's gonna get away with a lot lol. What else is weird is that I'm not a fan of drop coat breeds. I never liked how they looked, but there is something about the Hav that is so utterly adorable. I especially love those big brown eyes. Louis walks on a leash and stares at me the whole time. I love how the Havanese are not self-centered. They want to please you and be with you. One of his favorite things to do is plop down and stare at me to see what I'll do next. He also follows me everywhere (along with Leroy), and I always have to watch where I step cause he literally follows on my heels. If I'm wearing flip flops, he will step on the back of my slippers all the time.

He cracks me up when he gets hyper cause he RLH ALL over the house at top speed. When he's on carpet it sounds like a stampede of horses, and then when he's on the kitchen floor, it sounds like frantic, scratchy shuffles. He is so brave and initiates play with Leroy, a 60+lb dog. Louis thinks he's a big dog. Leroy is very handsy and flails around like a big giraffe and stomps his feet everywhere, but surprisingly he hasn't stepped on Louis yet. It's a very coordinated type of play, and when Leroy did touch Louis with his paw it was gentle. I groomed Louis a little bit today but can't give him a full bath till his stitches from his neuter come out next week. I know Havanese are supposed to look "natural," but his unkept, DIRTY, look is driving me crazy as a groomer - and especially an owner of a well coiffed poodle. He is so good on the grooming table which makes me VERY happy. I banded his topknot (he just lays down calmly during the whole thing), grinded his nails, gave a sanitary trim, washed, blowdried, and brushed his feet and tail. I also put the high velocity blow drier around his face to see what he'd do. He took it well. I also plucked and cleaned his ears - he did great! I can't wait to give him a full bath and brushout. I will try to keep him in coat, but we will see with the Texas summer. He gets hot really easily because he runs around and then wants to cuddle and he pants like crazy.

Right now we are working on potty manners because he wants to mark in the house. I watch him like a hawk and take him outside frequently. I praise him wildly when he pees outside. Hopefully his testosterone will level out and once he gets used to his home, he will stop marking. I also plan on switching him to being raw fed. He ran into Leroy's crate and tried shoving his face into his raw food so I can tell he'll love it!
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more pics!

First photo is the view from my toilet! lol They love following me there. I also have backup groupies of two hairless cats too.
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OH MY GOODNESS!! Congratulations!! he is absolutly ADORABLE!!
Is he a rescue!?? what's the story!?? He looks SO happy in those pics, congratulations!!!!
Also, you said you don't like the dirty, unkept look... but I So don't see that in him, I think he looks GORGEOUS just the way he is!

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OH MY GOODNESS!! Congratulations!! he is absolutly ADORABLE!!
Is he a rescue!?? what's the story!?? He looks SO happy in those pics, congratulations!!!!
Also, you said you don't like the dirty, unkept look... but I So don't see that in him, I think he looks GORGEOUS just the way he is!
Thank you!! I am so thrilled to have him! And it will give me lots of practice on drop coat breeds and also what will please Hav owners!

I got him from a breeder who was looking to rehome him. He's a retired show dog, so that is probably why he's so good on the grooming table. I just love how happy-go-lucky he is! He's always wagging his tail. He is also a sensitive boy, cause he tried peeing on the corner of the bed. I told him a firm NO and he ran under the bed all scared. He is a good boy because he really listens to what you are saying and how you are saying it.

I love how he looks! I guess I'm just very anxious to give him a full bath because he gets so wet when he goes outside in the morning with all that dew. And his feet and tail are stained! I did wash him with some whitening shampoo and brushed it out a little and it looks better. So I'm more concerned with the dirtiness of his hair. But either way, it doesn't stop me from cuddling with him and kissing him!

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We are so excited you are so excited. We love talkers too! Thanks so much for following the rules...you know the pictures. Your babies are beautiful. Welcome to the forum.



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Hello new mom! I just love your introduction. I can feel your joy in every word you have written. Louis just fit in right from the get go! he sounds very easy going and a lot of fun! I wounder how he did as a show dog? I sure would have given him a bunch of points. I'm glad you are a groomer who likes to take pictures because there are a bunch of us here on the forum who try very hard to groom on our own but we have lots of questions.
PS He already has you rapped around his little paw. Keep it up Louis mac and cheese sounds great!

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Welcome to you and your adorable clan!! Louis is such a doll and it certainly sounds like he loves being with you in his new home. He has such pretty coloring...looking forward to seeing him when he is freshly groomed..altho I think he looks great just as he is. It is nice to have another groomer aboard..we can pick your brain about stuff LOL

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Louis is certainly a cutie, and he looks right at home.
Have fun together and welcome!
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Thanks for sharing all of those great pictures and your story. Looks like a wonderful clan!
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He is SO cute and He looks RIGHT at home with the rest of the pack!! lol, seriously, looking at his pictures, you'd think he had been there forever and a day

I love one of your reasons, "to practice with drop coat breeds"..that's awesome and certainly enough to weigh the scale to yes!

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