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Do you hike with your Hav?

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I have two elderly labradors and I am considering getting a small dog next. My great joy has been hiking in the woods and parks with my labs, and I have been impressed with how well my friend's shih-tzu keeps up. I am drawn to the Havanese as a small dog because I have read that they are quite tough and love to swim and, I am guessing, I will enjoy their traninability and high intelligence over the shih-tzu. I have been lurking here a while and wondered how many of you enjoy outdoor explorations with your dogs.

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Hi Sky and welcome.

My 9 month old Havanese Bugsy loves the great outdoors. I have two standard poodles who require a lot of exercise. We go on long off leash walks twice a day. Once to the beach and once to our local park and Bugsy has absolutely no trouble (not even when he was a teeny puppy) keeping up with my big dogs. He loves to run like hell, get wet in the ocean and get really filthy in the mud.

I think you would love a Havanese.

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Brady also loves to be outside. He has gone on a few hikes with us. I remember one in particular with my sister in law's golder retriever. We must have hiked 4 miles on dirt trail. Brady turned and looked at us at the end like "really, we have to go now". He was about 6 months at the time. He would walk/hike for miles daily if we were up to it.


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We don't do a lot of hiking ourselves, but one breeder we talked to and visited while we were trying to decide if we were really crazy enough to get a dog again told us that they can hike with the big dogs, just be sure they get enough water.
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Don't go hiking, but they love to go on long walks around the neighborhood. They love to be outside as much as possible.
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Sky, if you read what I've read about aquaintances of mine on a Cdn. Havanese list, you'd know just how wonderful the Havanese is for hiking and enjoying lots of outdoor activities! Debbie Boudreau, a member here, also knows them and can tell you the same.

This couple walks their dogs almost daily for a good long walk and weekly go on hikes through woods, up mountains and can be gone half a day. Their 4 Havs follow along and absolutely love it! They look forward to it and get very excited when they know they're going on a hike again. They have run of a large yard, but the walks are what keeps these pooches healthy and good and tired. The Havanese can still be quite content living in an apartment and not have the daily, long walks so it is quite adaptable to any lifestyle.

I highly recommend the Havanese for what you're looking for in a pet!




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Look for a breeding that will have good shoulder layback and a long femur with low hocks and the dog will be able to travel easily for miles and enjoy a hike. One with straight shoulders and straight or less than ideal rear leg conformation will want to be carried back home.
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I wish I knew Tom when I was looking for a dog he has all the answers ..
Our first dog was a good little hiker . I used to take him up to Tahoe and hike with him and a girlfriend . He loved it - he had good stamina - the only thing was his color . He was black and he would really feel the heat ..
It is important to keep them well hydrated .
I would ask the Vet about long walks and hikes and he said no problem but try to keep it under 3 miles .
My husband would love to take him on long walks and he would do 4 miles .
Cosmo & Ahnold walk well but we do not hike as yet . Ahnold is like a little Ballet dancer - amazing grand jetes ..
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Thanks for all of the input-- and so positive! I am really glad to hear about Hav hiking experiences, as my love of dogs is an extension of my love of nature and the outdoors. My friends think I 've lost my mind, moving from Labs to a toy breed, LOL!
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Sky, if you read what I've read about aquaintances of mine on a Cdn. Havanese list, you'd know just how wonderful the Havanese is for hiking and enjoying lots of outdoor activities! Debbie Boudreau, a member here, also knows them and can tell you the same.
Hi Marj, Thanks for the input. I am curious, do have a link for the Canadian Havanese list?
The adaptability factor you allude to, is the appeal of the Havanese for me.


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