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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-04-2007, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Adopting an Older Havanese

I'm still looking for a chocolate Havanese puppy and in my search I came across a one year old choco. who was originally a stud but due to some issues the breeder does not want to stud him any longer and he has some behavioral concerns. The breeder sent him to a trainer who has been working with this dog. The trainer shared with me that he is excitable but calms down quickly, not fully potty trained and is wearing a belly band, and has tendency to jump up and down a lot when he's excited (like a jack russell). The trainer believes he is just misunderstood and needs attention and people around him. I have always been a puppy person. Every dog I've owned has come to me as a puppy and I have raised and bonded with each one from their puppyhood. I have reservations about this one year old especially because it isn't potty trained yet (eventhough I know the trainer is working with him on it). Additionally, the breeder is asking for half of her "asking price" which is still a lot when the dog requires a lot of work and special placement.

I know rescuing a dog is a good thing but I'm afraid about it not working out. I also have another dog who is three but she was raised with my Havanese (who recently passed away). The trainer did offer to take him back if he isn't a good fit. I guess as I'm writing this it's pretty obvious how I really feel about it but I was hoping maybe some of you who have adopted older dogs (with behavioral concerns) could share with me your experiences. Thanks.
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It sounds like you were kind of answering your own questions... each family should be completely comfortable with the choice.

I brought Dora home when she was 5 months going on 6 months. She wasn't socialized around a lot of different types of people. That was a struggle we have dealt with through her life and performance career and it is coming along. We now occasionally do nursing home visits, etc though. She is a Mommy's girl and prefers to be on my lap not strangers but will do the occasional visit and we do a lot of tricks. My other dog the maltese-is too social! She won't leave people alone, demands attention, etc. My maltese came to my home at 8 weeks and I am fully responsible for raising that monster!!! <BG>

Being involved with Havanese rescue (, they aren't going to let you adopt a dog, they don't think you would be compatible with. I fostered my first dog this fall and found him a forever home. He was turned in because of potty issues- I can honestly say he never had an accident in my home. I just think I stuck with it for the first week, gave him a schedule, etc. He also didn't have manners-he actually didn't live in a home. Stairs were completely knew to him. Him jumping up on the table wasnt a behaviorial issue but rather a not knowing. He is now in a great forever home and they knew what had to be taught-walking on a leash

Each dog has it's own story, attitude (born with-some puppies will be shyer than others). Training can do a world of wonder though.

If you are hesitant, maybe schedule a trial weekend?

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We got Dusty when she was 7 months. I had some concerns about getting an older puppy, but for us, the advantages outweighed the disadvantages. She was already housetrained, crate-trained, and otherwise off to a good start.
We also went to the breeder and spent about two hours meeting her and Dusty and her other dogs, watching how our kids interacted with them, etc, and then went home and thought about it some more before we decided to take her. She bonded with me right away, ran from my husband for the first several days, did okay with my girls, and wouldn't let my son touch her at first (smart of her though-we got an older puppy partly because he's five). We've had her almost two months now and she loves everyone. Bonding just took more than a day or two!

I'd also suggest spending some time with this dog and really thinking about whether you are willing to put in the time to deal with the challenges he presents, or whether some more patience looking for a different dog would be a better idea. We spent months researching and thinking on the idea of getting a dog before we started looking, and then were willing to wait till we found the right dog. Chocolates are out there! Dusty is a chocolate sable. We weren't looking for any particular color, but we were sort of hoping for a sable. We love her looks! You'll find the one for you eventually!
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I know of a very well known breeder who is placing an almost 2 yr old chocolate/white male. Due to a breeder back in his pedigree lying about some information, JerOme has to sell him.
I can get you more information if you are interested. I have seen this dog first hand, and he is a great little dog!

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How did you make out? I too was considering a Chocolate Bolanka adult that was four. But after I thought about it, I realized that he would miss being around the other dogs and I cannot get two right away.

I figured after I get the puppy trained. Then I would look into finding him/her a pal. You know that crazy potato chip theory that was brought to my attention (cannot just have one).

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HRI actually has a parti chocolate in rescue right now. Obviously color is something you think about long after personality, health, etc. But if you want to meet Molly. Visit havanese rescue or

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