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Hello everybody! I have been reading posts on this board for the past several days, as I have been researching Havanese dogs.

Our family is at a point where we are considering our next step. Since 1991, we have had Basset Hounds (my first was a 2-yr-old rescue, second was purebred pup, third was offspring from the second). Basset #1 is deceased, and #2 is now 14 yrs old... we are accepting that she won't be with us much longer. Her daughter (Basset #3) is very very attached to her mother, and so are considering options for easing the transition for her... and adding another fur-baby to our family!

That's our background in a nutshell. As to why I've been looking into Havanese (yes, I realize they are DRAMATICALLY different than Bassets! LOL), there are several factors.

* My mother and brother are allergic to dogs, so I'd prefer to get a "hypoallergenic" type breed, to make visiting more reasonable.
* We have 3 young daughters, so a pup would have to be a "child-friendly" breed.
* I have a bad back, so lifting a 40+ pound Basset for bathing has taken a toll on me. I think I'd prefer a lighter pet this time!
* Non-shedding really appeals to me. LOL Who'dathunk a BASSET (i.e. very short hair) could SHED so much? LOL
* The smell... oh the SMELL. YIKES! Have any of you been in a room with a hound dog? LOL If not bathed at least once a week, they are purely pungent.

I have known for years that Bichons met these qualities, but a recent search showed that Havanese rank higher on the "child-friendly" aspect. Does anybody know if that's true, or just a subjective opinion?

I hope I am not offending anybody here, as it seems that several of you are more interested in breeding/showing, whereas (at least, at this point) I am merely looking for a wonderful pet. Havanese seem like terrific dogs, totally adorable and affectionate, and I'd love to have one join our family!

Also, just FYI, we live in Alabama, and I haven't seen any breeders even close to our area. I see that Tom is in NC (what part, Tom?), and another lady here lives in TN (are you a breeder? or did you get your dog somewhere in our area?).

Any advice/recommendations/information you folks can provide would be GREATLY appreciated. I'm very very new to this, and trying to learn as much as possible, before approaching my husband about the financial investment.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-21-2007, 10:32 AM
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Hi Woody's Girl! I hear you on the Basset situation. My mom moved overseas and left her Basset with us for a couple of years. They are definitely in a vastly different category than a Hav is - amazingly so!

My advice would be to go see some local Havanese and see if you can find some people who will let you visit them.

Yes, most all Havanese are great with children, but not all children are great with Havanese, especially a small pup.

By the way, besides the initial upfront costs (purchase price & supplies), don't forget to consider the regular vet visits, the spay/neuter surgery, the flea control, vaccines, etc. It does add up pretty fast.
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I think that with all the yakkers on the forum, have probably found out a lot about our furbabies and their very special qualities. I can say that mine are absolutely "kid friendly".

There are very special people on the forum and I am sure they can help you find the Havanese that is right for you.


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Hi Woddy's Girl,

Congratulations! A Havanese is a great choice. I'm allergic to all animals and I love my Havs even more because they are the first pets I can curl up with!

Use the "seach" feature on this website to learn about health testing on the parents.

I live near Seattle, but got one of my pups from Florida. Find the breeder that you feel good about and can talk with easily. (There are several good ones on this forum!) You may have to wait for the right puppy, but it will be worth the wait.

Keep us posted!


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Hi Woody's girl, I can attest to them being allergy free-- I am even allergic to poodles but not my two Hav's. Of course you are asking a bunch of Hav Crazy people their opinions on this breed LOL- but none of us seem to be complaining--- I think you will find the smell 100% better a lot on here say Hav's hav no smell- I still prefer to bathe them every otherweek- but if you get a smaller one the kitchen sink works fine. One of mine Cash is even long and low like a basset hound (well maybe not that low but he is long)

On my search I noticed a few breeders in Georgia(my husbands family is from GA) . I do not know their reputations though.

I found this site helpful to locate breeders

http://www.doggies.com/Havanese/

you just type in your zipcode. you may have to travel a bit.




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Hi ladies! Thank you for the greetings. Kimberly... do you anticipate that vet visits/upkeep would be greater for a Havanese than a Basset? Our dogs (and two cats, BTW!) are very well-tended... including annual dental cleaning, monthly heartworm (etc) prevention, weekly home baths and nail clipping, etc. The impression I got - from my search online - was that Havanese are generally a healthy breed. So if we are fortunate enough to get a quality pet (by that, I mean not necessarily show-quality, but one which does not have any obvious or foreseeable medical concerns), are there other standard vet/upkeep expenses that are unique to Havanese and/or toy dogs?

Thanks again for your help! I am so happy to have found this forum.
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Oh by the way-- I think about 1/2 or more of us on the forum have just wonderful pets and don't show or breed. But we like to go gaga over the show dogs and of course the puppies...




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If you chose to have the dogs groomed, that would be an additional expense. And then there is the fact that these dogs are so darned cute, you want to spoil them with "stuff:" toys, chew sticks, clothes, beds and strollers.

And did anyone tell you about MHS (Multiple Hav Syndrome): You can't own just one?

My dogs are great with children, even though we do not have kids that live with us. Children actually ring our door bell and ask to play with our dogs. We can't walk our dogs anywhere without being stopped and asked if they are Roxie and Brutus because they had heard about them from their children.

Welcome to the forum, Woody's Girl. You will learn a lot here.
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Woody's Girl, no, I don't think that Havs need more vet visits than a Basset would. In fact, you can do a lot of the preventative dental care at home, much easier than you can with a Basset - at least, in my experience. Grace (our Basset) was a pain in the butt for anything like that! Ha ha! She was the biggest Drama Queen I've ever seen in a dog. I think our neighbors thought we were trying to slaughter her in our home a few times with the way she would carry on when she didn't want to do something. Havs are much, much, much more pleasing in nature.
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I think Havs are great with kids.

They may be soft and fluffy and not look like a "man's dog", but let me tell you how ruff and tuff they are! They are strong, agile(sp?), and as sweet as can be at the same time. My husband takes him everywhere...the hardware store and Home Depot too!

So continue researching here at the forum. You'll find everything you need to know right here! I did!

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