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Question Male or Female?

I have a friend who has a female about one year old. She wants to add another dog to her family. What would you suggest, a male or female? Her female is a neutered pet, not a show or breeding prospect. Thanks.

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If it's a spay/neuter contract I don't think the sex matters. I think it's best to look for good temperment so they will be best friends.


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Look for the best fit, we were looking for a female, older and red/sable. WE got a Havana Brown, 9 month old boy. Sully is the best doggie we could have gotten. He's a pal to everyone and my 4 legged shadow! We all love him so much, he's a great pet to the family and my baby!

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Peggy - I've read that opposite sex can get along the best but with the Havanese it really doesn't seem to matter. It really depends on temperament of the puppy and the family it will be joining. Have your friend answer the breeder's questionnaire honestly and let them do the interviewing and help your friend find the best match for their home. Also, you want to make sure that you like your breeder since they will become your ally and friend as the pup goes through it's growing stages and becomes old. Health testing is very important in this breed.


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I have a male and a female. They get along great. I don't know how two dogs of the same sex get along, but there are plenty of forum members with same sex dogs, and they do great together. My observations in seeing both sex dogs interact has been at playdates. The last playdate there were 30 Havs of both sexes, and they all got along like they had been litter mates. It was amazing.

I agree with those that have said you need to judge by temperment first. I know it is hard because they are so darn cute. But temperment is so important.

Good luck on your search.


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While I have only had a little boy over a month. I really think I adore them! Ask me in a few month if I still agree. Dora is a very loving havanese. But Dasher is beyond in love with me. He just adores me and I adore him back.

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Is the dog your friend has a Havanese?

I have a female and a male (I've only had the male 2 1/2 weeks). Not for any reason other than I wanted one of each gender. My two were best friends from the moment they laid eyes on each other.

I know many people say 'females love you but males are in love with you', but I have not found that to be true. It's all about the temperament and if you read posts here in the forum long enough you will see a variety of temperaments in both genders. My female is totally "in love" with me; even my trainer is amazed at our bond. She could not be any more "in love" with me.

So my advice is visit the breeder with the dog you already have so they can assess what a good match would be and be very honest with what you are looking for in the new puppy as far as temperament goes. Spend time developing a relationship and if at all possible meet both of the parents of the puppy.

Those things are so much more important than gender.

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I have a male and a female. The most important factor is the temperament and they both have great temperaments. Having said that, Benji loves to follow me everywhere, gets sad when I leave, and yet has a very independent personality. Lizzie follows me too but is more quiet and shy. At playdates, she likes to watch the action from the sidelines while Benji would explore, prowl and socialize with humans and furballs. Lizzie will stay at my side.

The breeder should be able to pick the suitable temperament and personality that matches your lifestyle and expectations.

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Hi Peggy:

We have a 3-year male Havanese (today is his birthday!), and just got an 8-week old female (thought we were getting another male, but that's another story). We've only had Zoey for 3 days, but they are doing fine together. I agree with the other posters that the temperament is the most important thing. Our male can be a little grouchy with others on occasion but he is in love with me. He has already gotten used to little Zoey running around.
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HI Peggy!

Not to but I also agree with everyone that temperment is paramount, and the breeder will be the best judge of his/her litter. I had my heart set on having one of each sex, but I ended up with 2 males, and I don't think that either breeder could have done a better job finding the perfect Havs for us. I would reiterate what Poornima said, be very clear with your breeder about your lifestyle and expectations for a personality on your dog, and a good breeder will do their best to match the family and puppy, regardless of sex.
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