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Question What Breed(s) am I?

Hi y'all. I have made my journey from puppy lust to an adult dog and am adopting 2-year-old Fonzi tomorrow. The rescue's vet identified him as a Havanese/Tibetan Terrier mix. I love him and think he's adorable, so it truly doesn't matter to me what breed(s) he may be. And I know that's not an exact science anyway.

I've never met either breed in person, so I'm not sure about how his hair should feel. He's around 22 pounds, which I know is too big for a typical Havanese and more in line with a Tibetan.

Anyway, I am curious what the experts (y'all) think. And I hope that we will be welcome to continue to participate in the forums, even if it turns out that Fonzi is probably not Havanese after all. Thanks for your input!
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I was walking Roko two weeks aga and we met the exact copy of Roki, but with long legs and bit bigger. Colours were the same and pattern was the same but that girl was tibetan terrier. Fonzi can be pure tiberan or tibetan/havanese mix. i think that is not important because he is absolutely adorable, cute and handsome guy!
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Best of luck with your pick-up of Fonzi! He surely looks part Havanese to me, but I am NO expert!

Identifying mixed-breed content really is very tricky anyway! But it doesn't matter. What matters is you and your dogs!

Looking forward to stories and pictures!

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Sergio and I met a Havanese/Yorkie mix. She looked just like Sergio, coloring, mop top hair, except she was smaller. Her mannerisms were all Havanese. It was so funny!! Most Havanese parents really want to know if their dogs do the RLH!! I think the RLH skills of the Havanese take some people by surprise. We met a Havanese who was a bit bigger than Sergio, darker coloring, and again, same mannerisms, especially when he started scratching behind his ear!!

Maybe do some research online about characteristics of the two breeds and see if you recognize that in Fonzi.
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Coton de Tulear.

could be a small lhasa apso.
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If he's a Coton, his coat isn't typical... They are supposed to be fluffy and cottony. This guy's hair looks longer, straighter and slightly heavier than a standard Coton Coat. He also has more color than most adult Cotons (other than the B&W's)

His hair is straighter than most Havs, but it's certainly seen from time to time in the breed. His eyes are also rounder than the typical Hav, though, again, if he's a mix, all bets are off.

I think his round eyes and straight hair make me think Lhasa more too.

One way or another, he's adorable, and OF COURSE You and he are welcome here!

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Welcome Laura. Great looking dog. You are most certainly welcome. He definitely looks like Hav. and I can see the TT also. Waiting for Robbie to chime in .

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Welcome to the forum. Fonzi sure looks like a sweetheart.
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Well, we used to have 3 Tibetan Terriers,and all of them had different hair/fur types.The lady who bred our 2 Havanese also bred our last TT,and when we have been to her house and met all the dogs[I can't remember how many she has]some of the Havs and TT's look so similar, the TT's are like Havs on long legs!Here is a pic of some of her Havs and TT's together.
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There is a terrific identification chart and another page with photos on hthe havanese Rescue site. Go to http://www.havaneserescue.com/rescue...ation-project# and in the center of the page, you will find "Breed Identification Project."

Click on Compare Havanese with other Breeds for a Adobe Acrobat chart that compares many breeds that look similar to Havanese. You can click on the breed name for more information

Click on "Havanese ID Flyer" for photos of Havanese of varying ages and state of disrepair (as might be seen in a shelter situation) that can be used by your local shelter to help identify some of the dogs that are passing through the shelter. You may want to print out both and bring the pages to your local shelters.

There is an HTML page from the original Breed Identification Project at http://www.theyreallkeepers.com/idall.html You can click on the breed name in the left-hand column to get many more details plus photos of each dog breed.

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