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1 year old or new puppy?

Hello! I'm new here. After much research we have settled on a havanese for our family. I've been in touch with a breeder that has a litter coming up. She also has a one year old available she was planning to breed but didn't. I know that havs can become very loyal to their owners. Can anyone give me the pros and cons of bringing home a 1 year old opposed to a new puppy? Thanks so much!
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New puppy: LOTS of work! But, oh so worth it! A year worth of training and lots of patience.



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Adults can bond very easily with their new person or family. Havanese are smart dogs and do well with obedience and trick training and sports such as Agility are for dogs that are at least 18 months old because their joints need to be fully mature to prevent injury.

When you get a dog that is no longer a puppy, you know what you are getting. WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) Their temperament, bite inhibition, and even their adult coats are in so the "fun times" of blowing coat are over (although some Havs have more than one coat blow and some continue to change color).

An adult Havanese is likely to already be house trained by the breeder, and some of the health tests may have already been done (i.e. CERF) if the breeder was planning on using this dog in his/her breeding program.



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If you like the 1 yr old, as far as personality and termperament, I'd take that one. it is very true that adult dogs bond just fine with new owners, speaking from experience. I've had rescues at 1 yr old and 5.5 yrs. both bonded just fine to me.

I've had two pups as well (only 1, 1/2 hav), and they are a different level of commitment and work.
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I think it depends on how what 'type' of breeder you are dealing with. Is the 1 yr old a part of the family? What is she like when you are around? How does she interact with everyone in the home??

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I think it depends on how what 'type' of breeder you are dealing with. Is the 1 yr old a part of the family? What is she like when you are around? How does she interact with everyone in the home??
Hmmm that I don't know. When we visited before, she kept most of her havs in other rooms. I'm not sure if this one lives with her or her partner. I have seen her name mentioned on this site when recommending a breeder in a certain area.
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well, for sure you need to go visit the breeder, talk with her, meet the dogs and then go from there!! Why did she keep the dogs in the other room?
If they are raised right and you like the personality of the 1 yr old go for it!

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Lots of smart comments above. I agree with What you see is what you get with the 1 year old. If you are comfortable with the trainer and think that he/she has properly trained and socialized the dog to this point, then that is a very good option. This might also be the best option based on your family dynamics. Do you have the time to train a puppy? Do you want to train a puppy? I think that last question is critical. Getting a 1 year old dog would have lots of positives.

That said, I have two 6 1/2 month old puppies and I have loved every minute of it. Well almost, lol. These are the first puppies I have raised and it is so much fun. I train them and socialize them the way I want to, with the trainer I like and the social situations that fit my life. It isn't for everyone, but I think if you have the time to raise a puppy it is incredibly fun and rewarding.

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I would spend some time with the 1 year old and make sure there are no issues. A puppy is a lot of work but it's time well spent to make them into a nice adult dog. If someone didn't spend the time as a puppy to train and socialize them properly then you'll have to put the time in now and some bad habits are difficult to undo. What is the reason she is no longer planning to breed this dog? Is it a personality issue? Is it a genetic issue? You might want to avoid those. Usually it is a coat problem or size problem or something else that would matter if you were breeding but has no bearing on the dogs status as a lovely family pet.

Our family pet growing up was a 1 year old from the breeder that was supposed to be used for breeding but one of her ears stuck up so she couldn't use her. She lived for 16 years and was a wonderful pet. She was a sheltie.
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Lots of great advise given. I agree with Tuss and you need to strongly consider time involved in breaking bad habits and poor socialization as a pup. Some questions to consider asking.. ( if you have a cat) has the 1 yr old you are considering been around cats and how does it respond? How much time has been spent in training and has the dog been routinely exposed to outside stimulus?( out of the house ) Does the dog ride well in a car? Has he been exposed to strangers and large breed dogs? What is the response? Any health issues?
Its been my experience that it is easier to go through the potty training and teething of puppy hood with a nice temperament fur-baby than the difficult and time consuming conditioning of an older dog with a few bad habits. Even if the dog has a wonderful temperament and is smart.
I'm glad you found this forum for help and advice. We are going to need pics when you bring your new addition to the family home.


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