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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-01-2007, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi,

My name is Pamela and I am a foster "mom" for our local animal shelter in Santa Barbara.

Currently I am fostering an abandoned mama-dog and her seven newborn puppies. A woman at the shelter said that the mother sure looks like a Havanese. I have been looking at pictures online and think she definitely has a heck of a lot of the Havanese features. Fine silky wavy soft hair (but some of it has been cut to reveal her face prior to coming to me), the hair is gorgeous soft but tends to mat and get "downy" near the skin. Gigi has a super sweet disposition, and is becoming a bouncy happy little mama.

However, she was severely malnourished when I got her and trying to support seven puppies, so I am working hard to fatten her up (which is an uphill battle while she is nursing) and also providing some supplemental bottle feeding for the puppies. I have taken her from 8 lbs to about 9.5 lbs.

Anyway, my reason for joining in was to see if you all could take a look at her picture and see if you think she looks "Havanese". Either way she is a sweetheart and I am sure we will find a good home for her eventually. I will have her at least eight weeks until the puppies are ready for adoption.

FYI, no idea who sired the pups, no idea of her background. She was left in a box at the shelter, very very pregnant. The puppies were born two days after she was dropped there. But she is trained with basic commands and completely housebroken so someone obviously owned her. No microchip, no tags.

Sorry for the long post,
Appreciate any assistance you could offer in identification.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-01-2007, 12:30 AM
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It's hard to tell from just that one photo, but she doesn't look like a Hav to me. Her muzzle looks too short (could be the angle) and her eyes are very round. Havs have longer muzzles and are supposed to have almond eyes.

She looks sweet and adoring!
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Welcome to the forum,


She looks like a Shi Tzu/Poodle or Lasa/Poodle Mix to me. Whatever breed or mix of breed she is, she is really adorable.

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My first reaction when I saw her was either a shih-tzu or a shih-tzu mix. But I am no expert!
She sure is adorable and seems like a sweet dog~!


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post #5 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-01-2007, 01:11 AM
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I would guess Lhasa-poo. She is a real cutie pie!
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I can see where you'd see Havanese qualities in her..but I see Lhasa qualities as well..that's a tough one!
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The face and the body height proportions scream shih tzu to me. But welcome to the forum and way to rescue a furchild

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She does look like some form of shih-tzu mix to me. That is so great that you were able to rescue her and her pups, though!


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I would guess not a Havanese for sure, most likely shih-tzu. Her face is quite different from a Hav's. She is adorable and sweet, and no doubt you'll find a great home for her. You are an angel to foster her so lovingly and build up her health. All the best.



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she is very cute but looks like a possible mix. Some of the designer mixes can look a lot like the havanese. Does she have a scissor bite or under bite? Havanese have a scissor bite.
Its wonderful what you are doing for her and the pups!





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