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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 05-29-2012, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Any Havashu Pups Out There?

I sort of accidentally bought a Havashu rather than a purebred Havanese. I love him and he is fabulous! But I was wondering if anyone else has one and just out of curiosity was your Havashu more Havanese or more Shih Tzu in behavior and/or looks? Or was it pretty much down the middle? And what size did your Havashu grow to be?
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Wow, that was a big accident!!! I hope he will be a wonderful pet but there would be no way to predict anything that he would have in common with Havanese, Shih Tzu's or other Havanese/Shih Tzu mixes since it's just a random mix of two purebred dogs. That's why I feel so strongly about buying purebreds. Your prediction of what they will turn out to be will be more accurate than with a mix which is basically no different from the luck of the dice when adopting a cute dog you could rescue from the pound. That being said, my daughter's dog growing up was a Maltese/Poodle mix that turned out to be healthy, good tempered and very cute. I think I paid $50 for her and it turned out to be money well spent. We were lucky!!

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We have one of each. My wife often comments how it would be great to combine the best of each into one dog. Maybe you'll be lucky and get one like that. I'd be willing to bet you end up with a sweet dog. They are two great breeds so what's not to love?
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How do you accidently buy a mix instead of a purebred? As previous posters have said it is like rolling the dice and you'll get a random blend of both breeds. Luckily both breeds are lovely little dogs so i'm sure you pup will be lovely as well!
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I know, a strange mistake to make, eh? LOL

I had never specified to the breeder what in particular I wanted and the breeder had both. I misunderstood and didn't realize they were together. I picked out the little guy I liked the best, not realizing I had picked out a little Havashu. When I noticed some interesting traits not necessarily typical of Havanese I called the breeder (just yesterday in fact) to ask about it and found out I had picked out a Havashu. Oops! I had yet to look at the papers I received with Gilbert. I was so excited to have him that every thing else just went to the wayside.

The breeder was very willing to let me return him for a full refund (no exchange, all the puppies had sold immediately) and felt really badly that I didn't get what I had originally planned. But of course I'm too attached now to consider returning him! He is WONDERFUL, I honestly couldn't be more pleased. It was my mistake, in my excitement I didn't really pay attention to what the breeder was saying about the Havashu puppies because I wasn't thinking about them, LOL. I don't feel the breeder was trying to pull one over on me.

I was just curious to know if anyone else had a Havashu. I realize its a total crap-shoot as to what traits the puppy will have (either Havanese or Shih Tzu or some combination) but I would LOVE to see pictures of any adult Havashus that people have.

My parents have a Yorkie-Shih Tzu that I trained for them so I do have some experience with a Shih-Tzu mix. Though I have no experience with a pure bred Shih-Tzu.

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I hope tho that you didn't pay a Havanese price for the puppy!

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I hope tho that you didn't pay a Havanese price for the puppy!
Haha! I've seen a lot of Havanese puppies for $1200 or so, they are not cheap dogs. Though my parent's Shorkie hybrid was $1200, but she has a lifetime health guarantee and all that. These puppies were $450 - $650 depending on if they were boys or girls and with or without papers. I got a boy without papers and he was $450 (well... obviously since he's a mix he didn't have AKC papers, but I didn't think about it at the time since I wasn't planning to buy the registration papers... no breeding for me! My pups all get fixed.). The puppies were all the same price. I know it probably seems like a weird accident to make but it really was a strange set of little mistakes/misunderstandings that led me to get Gilbert versus what I thought I was getting/planned to get. So I can only think it was fate that gave me this little guy! LOL

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That price is waaayyy to low for a Havanese. A good breeder of a purebred only sells their puppies with papers. It seems with Havanese colour does dictate price somewhat but I have never seen one for less than $1000.00 for a purebred Havanese with papers and a health guarantee. I hope that all goes well with your little pup. Looks like a real sweety

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How could he not be sweet with that cute little face! He is absolutely adorable. I know there are a few people on the forum that have Cavanese (cavalier/havanese mix) but not sure there are any Havashus. Can't wait to see how he grows up.

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That price is waaayyy to low for a Havanese. A good breeder of a purebred only sells their puppies with papers. It seems with Havanese colour does dictate price somewhat but I have never seen one for less than $1000.00 for a purebred Havanese with papers and a health guarantee. I hope that all goes well with your little pup. Looks like a real sweety
Hmmm... hopefully everything is all right. The breeder kept the dogs in a VERY clean house and the dogs themselves were also very clean and bright eyed. It wasn't some dingy back yard breeding operation, everything was in the home. Its been quite awhile since I've bought a dog (our other three are either rescues or were given to us) but the last dog I bought 12 years ago came with the option to get the papers or not. Same with the Himalayan cat I bought when I was 21 (over 10 years ago). I know a lot of breeders in my area (middle/upper Michigan) use to offer the papers separately...

Should I be worried?

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