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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 01-30-2008, 04:41 PM
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Hello, I am brand new to the forum as of last night. I am in the process of talking my husband into paying a lot of money for a 'dog' in his words. Being honest, it is a lot of money for us to get one from a reputable breeder, which I have found! So we, or should I say I, am looking to see if spending well 4 digits is worth it. Although we wouldn't get one now, but possibly in the future after we built an outside gated area and get a few other things ready. So maybe this summer or next?

We had a small dog that passed away last summer, a yorkie/terrier mix, and was so alive with energy and fun that we miss her dearly. She wasn't much of a lap dog, but she was quiet until it was playtime! So, just confirming that Havs have a laid back and cuddle mode and also a wild play mode which is what my husband needs ?? Do they play fetch?

In doing a lot of research on the breed, I heard that they are very picky eaters. I am not one to make a better meal for our dog than I would eat myself, we don't eat duck or lamb, etc. so dry food is the way I would go, maybe occassionally a canned variety as a treat. Will the Havanese eat dry kibble if it is the only food provided?

Onto another topic. I have clipped/cut my other dog in the past before she passed away last summer and had no problem do it. I have the clippers, scissors, grooming table, etc. How difficult is it to keep one of the Havs in a puppy clip? My last dog rarely got a mat and I would only comb her 1 time a week. Depending on the curl of the Hav, I understand that it may be a daily task, which is ok for me as long as I am still able to groom/cut them myself. How long does it take for a bath, and we have to blow dry them correct? or they would mat up like crazy right if air dryed?

I currently am a stay at home mom but just making sure that we have the 'time' available to upkeep the Hav along with our daily lives. This is a huge decision that affects our lives for the next 10 -15 years, so we want to be prepared for whatever breed we decide on. I am very partial to the Havs and they are my 1st choice!

So if there is anything that a new/prospective owner may want to consider before purchasing so there are any surprises later, please feel free to let me know their quirks and stubborness if applies ;-)

Thanks for any info!
Kristy

P.S. I read the forum about the vaccinations all too soon for a young pup, very interesting! I will try to keep that in mind and ask questions if we decide on getting one if there are any new recommendations. This site is very helpful with a load of information!
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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old 01-30-2008, 04:48 PM
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First of all, welcome to the forum, Kristy.
I'll try to answer all of your questions, but I'm sure others would love to pitch in with their opinions too.

Q: So, just confirming that Havs have a laid back and cuddle mode and also a wild play mode which is what my husband needs ?? Do they play fetch?

A: Some will, but not all. Many that don't can be taught to retrieve though.


Q: Will the Havanese eat dry kibble if it is the only food provided?

A: Absolutely.


Q: How difficult is it to keep one of the Havs in a puppy clip?

A: With some trial and error, you'll probably do just fine keeping him/her in a puppy cut yourself. Depending on the coat, some are easier than others.


Q: How long does it take for a bath, and we have to blow dry them correct? or they would mat up like crazy right if air dryed?

A: Puppies can be done completely (bath to blow dry) in 30 minutes. Adults take longer, but they also need their nails trimmed, pads trimmed, etc. For my adults, I plan on 90 minutes from start to finish.
I'm looking forward to reading about your journey in preparing for your Hav and bringing him home.
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Welcome Kristy!!! the only problem I could predict for you is MHS-- once you have a HAV you can't HAV just one. they are addictive. they are terrific beings and many do play fetch, and many do cuddle...they are almost all the best dogs ever. If you have had experience grooming, clipping and shampooing you will have no problem with a HAV as long as you keep them in a puppy cut. That is what we do and it takes no longer to shampoo them than any other dog-- although you may want to use a conditioner as well.

Food? hmmm. well I am not the one to ask as my boys do eat better than we do. But I have heard it said that they will eat only kibble if that is all they ever know.

good luck-- let us know




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WELCOME KRISTY! YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT HERE!
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Hi Kristy to get a non biased opinion about the Havanese search the net in general dog areas . The best book and I have them all, is one called Havanese by Zoila Portuondo Guerra. It is a wonderful dog but it is not for everyone.

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Hi and welcome!
I agree with Kimberly about the food and grooming. The only thing I will add is that my hav is kept in a full coat and it takes about 90 min to brush, bathe, and dry her. I suspect that it might be less for a dog with a puppy cut, although the time for the cut would have to be included.
Dusty loves to chase a toy, and she will play fetch if treats are involved.
If you have found a good breeder already, maybe he or she would allow you and your husband to come by and visit and meet some havanese in person to see if they are truly right for you. Or maybe a visit to a dog show where you can meet several havanese owners and their dogs would be possible. It sounds like you are planning to take your time anyway and have a good chance get your questions and concerns answered before you spend the money. That's what we did too , and we don't regret it at all!

PS: my husband's favorite sarcastic comment, before he fell in love with the breed was, "they're practically free, right?"

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That's a good point, Joelle. I was counting 90 minutes on full coats.

My husband has a similar comment that is something along the lines of us only paying $1 to buy the dog, but $1999 to have the rights to cut them down if we want. Guess who doesn't do the grooming around here? He loves the full coats, but we all know if grooming was up to him, we'd have shaved dogs.
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Hello
Welcome and Congratuations on your decision to get a a Havanese in the near future .
Just remember even though they are Havanese each dog and puppy is different in some ways as yoou will see once you start reading more posts .
Do they play fetch - depends I have one that loved to play fetch as a puppy but is now sort of growing out of it . He rather play with his buddy and do the run like heck and neck and roll ..My first Havanese Asta loved it .. we called it playing tennis and he was very good at it .
Eating kibble yes - all my dogs have eaten kibble at one time or another . Some are fussy some are not that fussy . Cosmo was very fussy as a pup but now he has a buddy and he is a wonderful eater . Totally cleans his dish ..
Grooming - A lot of people d their own grooming and their dogs are beautiful . I have always kept mine in a puppy cut and I have a wonderful groomer . I let her do the nails and the anal gland thing .
I can make them look pretty if I have to but she does it so much better ..
They have a wonderful sweet personalit and they love to please you and I agree once you have one you think I might like another .. Just like potato chips ..
Enjoy your research and reading the forum ..
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Welcome to the forum and being a future Hav owner. It is a lot of money, but it is worth every penny. If you have found a good breeder, that is the first step. I agree on trying to meet some Havanese so you can see their wonderful personalities. Maybe go to a show or a club meeting to ask questions.

Picky eaters - some are and some are not. I have one that was very picky and will eat just about anything now. Last night he ate half of my flounder. My other one will be very satisfied with her dog food, but will eat chicken, meat balls, etc.

Grooming - both of mine are in full coats. It takes me about a 1/2 hr to bathe them. Most of the time they like to air dry, unless it is cold, then I use a hairdryer. Then I brush them for as long as it takes to make sure they are mat free. Right now, that doesn't take me very long, because they are through with the blowing coat stage.

Both of mine play fetch when they want. They love to play tug-of-war with each other or anyone else.

I think if you read thru the threads you will see that we are just nuts over these dogs. Watch some of the videos to get a feel for them. You will not be disappointed if you get a Havanese.


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post #10 of 54 (permalink) Old 01-30-2008, 05:41 PM
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So air drying is ok? I live in Wisconsin, so it is cold in winter - todays wind chills were -35, kids school were cancelled, etc. Summers can be humid here, some days worse than others.

It is amazing how much information has to be acknowledged with a long hair breed for daily care vs a short hair.
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