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How difficult is it to get a puppy while living in an apartment?

Firstly, hello! I'm not (yet) a Hav parent, but am already appreciative of this great forum and your wonderful community.

I've been doing a ton of research, and am hoping to get a Hav puppy in a few months. I will be moving to an apartment soon and starting a new job, and am hoping for a Hav as a companion once I'm all settled in. However, I'm really stressing out over whether or not my plans are possible! Here are my questions:

1. When I apply, should I just let them know "I am planning on getting a puppy soon after moving in"? I've heard that I can do things like get renters insurance that covers pets, agree to go to obedience classes, etc, are there any other things that could help? I want to prepare myself to make every application count, since I know pet-friendly apartments are few and far between to begin with!

2. Is it common for leases to not allow puppies under a certain age? I've heard of leases requiring puppies to be over six months, is that common?

3. From the breeder's perspective, will I have trouble looking like a good potential Hav parent if I live in an apartment? I'm prepared to take my puppy out ten times a day if necessary, of course, is there anything I can do to make myself a better candidate for adoption?

4. How far in advance should I contact a breeder? I am hoping to get the puppy about three months from now, would it be reasonable to start talking to a breeder now?

Thanks in advance! Feel free to give me any other advice you may have for my situation, it's much appreciated!
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Unless you work out of your apartment I don't recommend that you get yourself a Hav. puppy. They need to be with people and aren't real happy left alone for long periods of time. Perhaps, an adult rescue of another breed might be better considering your situation.
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A lot of apartments don't allow pets and some don't allow puppy's.Some want them to be a year old fixed. Then their are deposits. I had to pay $600 for both of mine. And they have ruined the carpet so that will probably be at least $500. Mamactj is right about Havanese being people dogs and unless you can find someone to come in during the middle of the day your pup will not be unhappy. I took two weeks off work for my first puppy. After that she wasn't left for more than 3 to 4 hr at a time. Other people have done it so maybe they will chime in and let you know how adjusted their Havanese are.

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Havanese, in general, are good apartment dogs. They don't need much exercise (but most of us give them a good 30 mins to 1 hr walk each day and a few some longer romps or hiking) and on rainy days, you can often give them enough with some games indoors. The apartment shouldn't be a negative.

But I think breeder's might be interested to know what happens if you have to move apts or your end up with a barker and neighbor's complain. It's happened that folks have moved to non pet friendly apts and abandon their dogs (not necessarily Havs, but it's a common shelter story in general). What's your strategy then?

I've never applied for an apartment with a pet, but I know some people go the condo sublet route rather than apartment complex. Since you're dealing with an individual owner, you're more likely to find pet friendly complexes.

What others are alluding to and what breeders care about is how much time you spend away from home.

You'll be luckily to get a puppy within 3 months from a reputable breeder and depending on your area there may or may not be that many reputable breeders around. Take a look at the how to choose a breeder sticky. Many reputable breeders have waitlists for puppies that haven't even been conceived yet. Often all the puppies are spoken for before they're even born and from birth it's 3 months until you take the little guy home.
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Since you are saying that you are willing to take the pup out 10 times a day - can I assume that you work from home??? If so, I see absolutely no reason why you would not be a perfect Havie owner!!! Like others said, they are "people" dogs. They like to be with their peeps all the time! That does not mean that you can't leave them for a few hours, but I would never leave them more than 5 hours.

I am not sure about "apartment rules" as I have never lived in one - but I am sure you would be able to find one. What state do you live in?

Some breeders do have waiting lists, so if you know of a good breeder in your area, you might want to contact them to discuss getting on a list.

Good luck in your quest for a great apartment and a great Hav puppy!!!

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Find the apartment first and get settled in, then start looking for the puppy. I see too many people that have to surrender their dogs because they can't find an apartment that will take them. A dog is a long term committment. You have to make sure you are ready to make that committment, otherwise it isn't fair to the dog. You may want to have a puppy, but it does not sound that your life is quite ready for it just yet.


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I'm also assuming you will work from home which is ideal for a Hav owner
I live in an apartment. It works. I'm retired

The one thing you need to know is at the beginning, you will have to potty train your puppy on pee pads or a liter inside. (I used fake grass on our balcony, but that gets really stinky) The reason I say this is because if you're in an apartment with other dog owners and your puppy doesn't have all his shots, it's not good for him/her to go outside where the other dogs have been until he has all his shots (well, at least the HTPP series done).

Hopefully you know someone who has a yard so he can run and play someplace safe, once and awhile. If not, it's not the end of the world, but you'll have to play a lot of games inside.

Those are the only down things about getting a puppy in an apt. After he's potty trained and shots are done - it's GREAT!!!! Well, I'm lucky. I don't have a barker and I crate trained Mikey. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND CRATE TRAINING IF YOU'RE IN AN APARTMENT.

Also, I recommend being on the ground level if at all possible unless you mind going up and down and up and down stairs a billion times a day with your little guy after he's potty trained. I'm on the 4th floor and it's a drag but I do have an elevator I use sometimes :thumb2: Mikey is 4 months old and I still go out with him at least 6-8 times a day.

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We are in a small apartment. I can take Diva to work with me which is great, and my girlfriend is home a lot so she doesn't have to be alone much. It is a dog-friendly building and there is a "doggy patch" on the roof where we can take her to do her business, but we also use pee pads in the house since she is just 5 months and still has to "go" too often to get her into the elevator and up to the roof every time. She definitely prefers to go outside though, so I don't anticipate a problem getting her off the pads entirely. She gets to walk to and from work with me, or else we take her on a walk each day or if it's really wet, play fetch games in the apartment.
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Find the apartment first and get settled in, then start looking for the puppy. I see too many people that have to surrender their dogs because they can't find an apartment that will take them. A dog is a long term committment. You have to make sure you are ready to make that committment, otherwise it isn't fair to the dog. You may want to have a puppy, but it does not sound that your life is quite ready for it just yet.
Yes this! I think a smaller Havanese would be a great apartmenty dog. My Nina is fully grown and is 8 lbs. She would do well in an apartment. some of my adult kids live in an apartment. My son and his wife have a very big cat. Their apartment allows for pets but they have to pay extra to have a pet. One thing that is way more important for an Havanese then size of residence is that fact that they are companion dogs. Nina does not like being left alone. At the most she is home alone 2-3 hours a week. There is always some one home. Also we take Nina potty outside and little dogs need to go way more frequently then bigger dogs. If you need to be gone for several hours daily you might consider doggie care, kind of like baby sitting for dogs. If you can provide some of those basic requirements you will most likely have a happy dog and happy owner. Also I am not big on puppy hood so our puppy was a little older. You might check with breeders and adoption groups to see if there is a slightly older puppy. They are so cute and little they look like puppies forever any ways. This might also solve your apartment requirements also. Can't wait to hear about your Havananese and "meet" him or her. We are all in love with our Havanese doggie. Oh I also recommend crate training. We did and our house is very big but I found it worked really well.

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We live with Phantom in a fairly small apt. It made bathroom training easy. I would suggest you ask your prospective landlord if its ok that you get a puppy prior to moving somewhere. Julie and I both work full time so that is totally doable. We have a dog walker come twice a day and Phantom is as happy as can be. We don't have a yard but take Phantom to a dog run at least once a week so that could be something to look into in your area.
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