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Hello everyone! I'm new the the Havanese scene; I have just added Tango to the family, he's 7 weeks old. I didn't know that such a breed existed until a week ago when I added my English Mastiff to the family. I was doing research on the Mastiff and I came across a Mastiff with a pet Havanese. After reading that I knew I had to have a Havanese (I was also looking for a sturdy teacup dog). Since I've added to the family he and the English Mastiff have hit it off great. Tango actually is the pack leader out of the two. Is anyone else's Havanese dominating with lager dogs and ready to play with them?

If anyone knows of any puppy meet & greets, puppy socials, ect. in Florida I would really appreciate the information. Thank you!
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Welcome Tango's Mommy! You came to the right place for puppy playdates.
I'm actually a little shocked to read that your puppy is only 7 weeks old. That's VERY young and the puppy still needs its mommy and siblings to learn a lot. Also, Havanese are NOT a teacup breed, they are part of the Toy group and are supposed to be sturdy small (not tiny) dogs. Please don't get my comments wrong, but I'm a little concerned you might have un-knowingly gotten your sweet guy from a puppy mill/backyard breeder/petstore.

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Welcome to the forum!
I too am very surprised to hear that you were able to bring your puppy home at 7 weeks. When we have puppies here at my house, more often than not they are still nursing at 7 weeks. That is awfully young to be away from his mommy and siblings!
But I am glad that you have found this wonderful breed, and I look forward to hearing all the stories about Tango! But now we need pics of him!!


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Welcome Tango's Mommy! You came to the right place for puppy playdates.
I'm actually a little shocked to read that your puppy is only 7 weeks old. That's VERY young and the puppy still needs its mommy and siblings to learn a lot. Also, Havanese are NOT a teacup breed, they are part of the Toy group and are supposed to be sturdy small (not tiny) dogs. Please don't get my comments wrong, but I'm a little concerned you might have un-knowingly gotten your sweet guy from a puppy mill/backyard breeder/petstore.



Thank you for your advice. When I bought Tango he was already seen by the vet and had his first shots and the vet gave the okay for him to be sold. He's about 2lbs now and eating Purina pro-plan puppy chow mixed with plain yogurt and he seems to be eating well, I'm starting to think that the breeder purposely underfeed the litter. I'm going to keep a close eye on Tango and do more research.
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What made you think the breeder was underfeeding him? 2 lbs at 7 weeks seems like it could be an ok weight~ What size are his parents?
I do my first set of shots at 9 weeks old.
I wonder if you breeder has read the vaccination protocal put out by Joanne Baldwin? It is recommended that puppies not get their first shots at 6 weeks old~
I am glad you are happy with your little guy!
Who did you get him from?


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Welcome to the forum, Tango's mom. Next time you post perhaps you would like to give us a name to call you. Yes, 7 weeks is very young for a puppy to go to his forever home, but at least you are reading and trying to gather as much info a s possible.

This forum is fantastic.

My oldest hav has no fear of bigger dogs. He will play with any of them. My dogs walk with a 100#+ Golden/St. Bernard mix and both love him. It is fun to watch them play because the big dog will roll over on his back to let them chew on him. You do need to be careful because a big dog can injure a little dog unintentionally.

And as others have said--pictures, please!!!!
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Welcome to the forum!

Why would the breeder underfeed this litter? Thats kind of weird??
Does this breeder have a website?

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Welcome to the list. Yes, 7 weeks is too young for any puppy to leave its Mom. Most havanese breeders dont allow their pups to leave until around 12 weeks. Puppies still need socialization skills and interactions with litter mates and mom until then.

Do not allow your havanese to push the mastiff around. It might seem cute but eventually the big guy is going to have enough and even a swat with a huge paw can cause the havanese injury.

It is impossible that the hav puppy has all his shots at 7 weeks. As a breeder I dont start inoculations until 8-9 weeks and they are spread out so not to overpower the immune system. I had a copy of a well accepted protocol for havanese puppy shots created by a well known hav breeder and vet Dr. Joanne Baldwin. I "lost" it when I switched from PC to iMac but someone else on this forum may have it.

There are a lot of havanese in Florida and once your pup has final shots play dates with dogs his size are a very good idea. Please find a vet who is familiar with toy dogs who need to be treated differently then large dogs. I am sure we can find you someone if you let us know where in FL you are. I sold a puppy to someone in Ft Walton Beach.

Its ok to ask lots of questions on this forum so your puppy get the benefit of folks with knowledge and experience.
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Opps sorry misread your post...you said he had his FIRST shots. In any case havanese have a delicate immune system and the protocol I spoke about suggests ages for inoculations and which ones should be given.

My pups were around 5lbs when they left home I think. Lina do you remember how much Kubrick weighed when you picked him up? But again they were 5 weeks older then Tango.

Aretha's sire is named Tango.

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Welcome to Tango's mom! We're relatively new here as well and have found this forum to be a wonderful place for help and support as we're new at the puppy parents thing. Our breeder wouldn't let us have our pup until 8 weeks, and would have kept him with his mommy for another week but I think I was driving her crazy! We also live within an hour of her so maybe that's why she was comfortable letting us take him home. *She did warn us away from "grocery store food" for the dogs though, not good for them and our vet agreed.

I wish I had known about this site before we got Scooter, I think I would have been much more educated and known what to ask the breeder before we brought him home. Probably would have eased our minds a bit since we were quite nervous but all has gone well and we just love our Scooter!

Best of luck to you....post a picture so we can see Tango!

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