I am new to the havanese forum and after 9 months I am the proud owner of a 4 month old chocolate sable havanese name Mack (named by my 7 year old son). Mack has been with me for one week now. He is sooooooo laid back...sometimes a little to laid back. We have our first vet visit tomorrow. I am a little nervous. This morning he had both a form stool and a mushy stool. I pray that he does not have a bug or worms. This is the first time that he has done this so I will certainly bring it to the vets attention tomorrow.
I purchased all sorts of toys for Mack. However, he has not shown any interest...that is until last night when he discovered a sheet of paper. It was as if he came to life. This week he has held true to all that I have read about the typical havanese. I am very happy with my purchase. Should I be concerned that he is so laid back or is this a blessing. I can put him in his expen or crate....he will whine for a few minutes and if I do not respond he will simply lay on his bed. He is not a big attention seeker. He will sit next to you or lay in your lap for as long as you allow.
I think he favors my son. He actually smiles at this kid and always has to know where my son is at. I do not get the same love..but that's ok. BTW, until Mack my son was afraid of dogs.
We are looking forward to countless years of Mack.
Welcome to you and Mack. He is adorable. I don't think being laid back is a negative, it's probably his personality. The breeder should know about that as she has had time to observe all her puppies and know each of their temperaments.
Hope all goes well at the vet's visit. Enjoy and have fun with him.
Mary (miss you, Bailey-1996-2011 and Tyler-1997-2015)
Yes, the breeder told me that he was very laid back and calm...which fits my family personality and lifestyle. It's just that I was preparing for a very active, outgoing, and vocal baby...instead I got Mack. We were pleasantly surprised with his temperament. I keep looking at him, expecting him to change...yet deep down on the inside praying that he does not.
Congrats! It doesn't sound like you have anything to worry about. The vet will confirm health, but inconsistent stools aren't unusual, especially when he's still settling in.
Does Mack know how to play with his toys? They might be more fun if your son shows him how they work or how to play fetch. I bet his interest will increase a bit when he's teething. Or maybe he would be more interested to interact with a food toy like a kong. But there's nothing wrong with being chill! It's funny how different these pups can be.
He is a beautiful dog. He's probably just settling in and might start getting wild after a week or so. Good luck with your vet visit and be careful about vaccinations - havanese can be sensitive to them. Usually vets are more than happy to space them out if you ask and you can follow Jean Dodds protocol.
Welcome to you and your handsome puppy!! Yes, do bring a stool sample to the vet so they can check it out. Enjoy!! and keep those pictures coming! So glad he and your son are bonding..they make wonderful companions!
Dave and Molly
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