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Thinking of a havanese

Hi all,

I'm a stay at home mom to two children (ages 7,9) and a rag doll (age 4) and we are thinking of adding a havanese puppy to the family. I've been researching the breed -- and reading old blogs and forums - and still had some questions. Would greatly appreciate your input and expertise

(1) I'm home all day and can take the dog on multiple walks. Both of the kids are great with animals and will happily play with the dog as well. And we do have a good sized yard however, there's really no way of completely fencing it (partially fenced now). Would a havanese be happy without a fenced in yard?

(2) We have a ragdoll (inside cat, gentle and loving as can be) - I've read that havanese are good with other family pets and wondering if this has been your experience?

(3) Are there any personality differences between male or female? We had been thinking of getting a male puppy but when I mentioned this to a friend, she suggested that I only look for females as males will mark everything. Our cat is a neutered male, not sure if that makes a difference or not!

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Sounds like a lovely situation for a Havanese puppy - boy or girl! Couldn't love my little Leo anymore and at 7.5 months has still only peed in the house once and no poop accidents. It is entirely a case of supervision, FREQUENT access to appropriate potty spots, and much praise when pottying in appropriate place. It will take some time for them to learn to cue you that they need to go so for several months it will be up to you to watch for very subtle signals that the puppy needs to potty.


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Havanese is an overrated breed of dog unless you value the following characteristics:

1. Extreme cuteness
2. Playfulness
3. Loving
4. Intelligent
5. Friendly
6. Good with Children
7. Funny
8. Trainable
9. Well behaved
10. Affectionate
11. Little to know shedding
12. Relatively Hypoallergetic
13. Relatively low barking


Other than that, the breed doesn't have much to offer.

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They don't need a yard if you can take them for walks for exercise. We have a Havanese in an apartment as do several others on the forum. We walk her a mile and a half a day and play indoor fetch every day as well.
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(1) Would a havanese be happy without a fenced in yard?
Timmy will be two the end of this month and I just put a fence in, he was perfectly happy with no fence I just didn't trust the neighbor's dog.

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(2) We have a ragdoll (inside cat, gentle and loving as can be) - I've read that havanese are good with other family pets and wondering if this has been your experience?
I have two eight year old cats and they adjusted fine with the dog. I just make sure they have a safe place to go if they want to hang out with us. I have a few cat towers in our most used rooms that they use frequently. Timmy will chase them at times but only wants to play. Be careful if your cat has claws they can injure an unknowing puppy's eyes.

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(3) Are there any personality differences between male or female? We had been thinking of getting a male puppy but when I mentioned this to a friend, she suggested that I only look for females as males will mark everything. Our cat is a neutered male, not sure if that makes a difference or not!
Timmy is obviousely a boy and he has never marked in the house. My cats are both spayed female, littermates. Tim was completely house broken and had free reign of the house when he turned one. I am getting a girl puppy on the 20th, so unfortunately I can't give you any advice there. I have been told from others that girl dogs love you but boy dogs are in love with you for what that's worth. I have noticed that some girls seem a bit more independent than boys, at least Timmy, but he's a total momma's velcro dog.

Good luck in your search!

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I have 3 havanese and 2 ragdoll cats. I attached a few of my favorite pictures from when Brady was a puppy and getting to know the kitties. Brady was our first dog and the cats handled him pretty well. My 3rd hav was a rescue and 2 1/2 when I got her. She is not as good with the kitties as the 2 havs I got as puppies. Cassie loves to chase the kitties. They don't really like that game. My ragdolls are also older now. They are 13 and 16.

I didn't have a fence in yard when we had just one and he did just fine. We walked a lot and went to dog parks to run and play.

I had 2 males and then the female. My boys have never had issues with marking. We watch small dogs in our home and find that females mark almost as often as males do.
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Havanese don't need a fenced in yard. I happen to have one but they don't really go in the yard unless I am out there or they need to potty.

My first havanese was a girl and I only wanted a girl for my second pup. I wanted another girl just like Bella because she was affectionate, sweet, calm, independent and quiet. Fred was the only pup available so I settled for him....what a wonderful surprise he was. If I never had a boy I wouldn't really see the difference. The boys are more loving. I feel they are more attached to me and adore me. Bella loves me but is more independent. They say the girls love you but the boys are in love with you. My third is a boy Having both a girl and 2 boys, I would always buy boys over girls. All my guys mark outside, even bella. My boys do not mark inside. Scudder will mark at my dog sitters house but that's because all her guest dogs do it so I guess he feels it is ok. He doesn't do it anywhere else but out of habit I watch him. You just need to neuter abd train them.

I forget if I missed any of your questions, so I will go back and read your post!





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If the dog is socialized and introduced to a cat at a young ag,e they should be fine.





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I love my boy and he sure does love me. I wouldn't pick based on sex. My lil guy doesn't mark inside or out and he doesn't lift his leg to pee. From what I understand, he's not unusual among Havanese either. Also, not being choosy about sex can sometimes give you a bump up the waiting list if there are a whole bunch of people wanting girls in front of you and they have a litter of boys or mostly boys.

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I have been told by a number of breeders that there is less difference between male and female Havanese than with some other breeds. Marking in the house is a training issue, like potty training. Kodi never marked AT ALL (didn't even lift his leg) until close to his 3rd birthday. He has NEVER tried to mark inside any building.

I wasn't sure whether I wanted a girl or a boy... I was more concerned about getting the right pup for ME. It just so happened that the breeder I had chosen (who normally has a long waiting list) had a litter of 5 boys, and most of the people on the waiting list wanted girls. I said I didn't care, so I got my puppy months earlier than I might have otherwise! Now I wouldn't change a thing... I adore him!!!


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