New to Forum. Looking for helpful knowledge.
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!
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!