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HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE WONDERFUL HAVANESE??

I would be interested in knowing how all of you happened to become "enlightened" about the havanese breed?? We've all acknowleged already how before we got one we had never even heard of one..."hava-what"??" I too constantly run in to or talk with people who were just like me....never heard of them! The way it happened for me was my hubby and I were at Nordstroms in the shoe department(yes I admit, I am ALSO a shoe junkie!) There was a girl shopping with this little dog in her bag, which I always wanted to do! I noticed the little thing NEVER barked at anyone which intrigued me since I have the "Queen of the Yappers", my maltese, Lexie!(love her anyway though!) I went over and began to inquire and found out she had a "designer dog"(I ONLY use that term cause it PC!). Hers was half yorkie and half Havanese(YIKES!!) As soon as I got home I googled havanese and as they say, the rest is history!! So as of now I have "turned on" 2 people(that I know about) to the havs and now they are mommies to their own! And like me until I told them they had NEVER heard of this wonderful, muti-faceted, best kept secret breed!! I told my hubby I love to shop for shoes and that's where I found one of my other love's, havs!! Who knew?? Let's talk! Vicki

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Research.

Lots and lots of research. I knew I wanted a puppy this year, and I had NO clue what breed it would be. I knew I wanted a small dog, friendly, smart, social. I wasn't really concerned about how it "looked". I wanted a companion dog that could handle my big family and going to work with me. I asked a few friends that know alot about dogs to suggest breeds to me. One friend put "Havanese" on the top of the list. She has 5 dogs (1 havanese, the other ones are cockapoos, maltese, etc)

Anyhow, I narrowed my search down to Havanese and a few other breeds and the Havanese topped my list from day one. I ordered books about them, lurked on this forum, read websites and looked on dogster. I decided the Havanese was the right breed for me and my family.

I was RIGHT on target! Gucci made herself at home and has been a great addition to the family from day ONE. She is intellegent, loving, playful, doesn't bark alot. doesn't shed alot and allergy friendly (PERFECT!).....all of the qualities I was looking for. We just all love her so much! I even brought up to my husband the other night about getting another Hav. But he thinks she might be jealous!?....I'll have to wait on that one.She is indeed pretty spoiled with attention and love.

But I really give all the credit to my friend, Caleigh, who took the time to write a list of some suggestions of dog breeds to me and list their attributes and detributes. I believe she stated that the downside to Havanese is they do not like to be left alone (I find this to be very true, but I'm with her 95% of the time) and the require ALOT of grooming (which is not a problem for me) So it was a good call.

Great thread.

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I actually came across the breed by accident! I never had a dog & had no intention of getting one - I always thought I was a "cat person" My girlfriend lost her vishla (not sure of spelling) and was trying to find a new dog, but she is terribly allergic. She researched for hypoallergenic dogs, found a 1 year old male that a breeder didnt want & had him shipped to her. We fell in LOVE with this dog, he was so great that I started to get the itch - and then itched again and then itched AGAIN MHS - I have a bad case!!
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That just goes to show how addicting they are!!

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I found this breed through my best friend . I had lost my German shorthair to Cancer and I was really missing a furry friend . I took care of a friends dog while she care for her ailing mother but I had to give him back . We had a wonderful cat Pinot who found us and was the main furry in the house for over a year.. .
My husband convinced me a cat was enough . Then she became ill and we did everythingto save her to no avail ..
I just could not handle any more animal grief .. I was very gun shy .. My friend invited me to her home to meet her new little dog a Havanese called Tulip . She had found her through friends of her stepson .. They had one and were showing her and getting ready to breed her ..
Long story but as soon as I met Tulip she was on my lap in a heartbeat and she gave me one of her special ear lickies and then she showed me all her tricks and boy I was impressed .. I was hooked I knew I wanted a little dog just like her but not a girl as I knew my husband would not take to the bows and girlie look
The rest is history .I found my wonderful Asta nine months later . I can definetly identify with what people have to say about trying to find a caring supportive breeder . It was no easy task I went on line and did as much research as I could but no one had dogs for sale or no one wanted to sell one to me ..I finally found a wonderful woman in Arizona who arranged for me to get Asta ..
I was actually thinking of going to the Netherlands to get one as I have a friend who lives there..
I lost Asta tragically this summer - I knew I could not live without the Havanese joy
The rest is history now I have two ..
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Thanks ladies for your stories....I just LOVE to hear people's personal stories! Reading your posts sounds just like me! So glad I've found this site and all of you because I was beginning to feel a bit of a freaky fanatic!! I had to laugh! All started out to get just one and lookey lookey!! Keep those stories coming.....they help us get to know each other better since we are spread far and wide!! Your fellow Texan Hav Lover! Vicki
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Thanks ladies for your stories....I just LOVE to hear people's personal stories! Reading your posts sounds just like me! So glad I've found this site and all of you because I was beginning to feel a bit of a freaky fanatic!! I had to laugh! All started out to get just one and lookey lookey!! Keep those stories coming.....they help us get to know each other better since we are spread far and wide!! Your fellow Texan Hav Lover! Vicki Cosmos mom....Your story touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes! I felt your grief since I have been there too! I had the same feeling about being gun shy....just didn't want to "go there" again! I am so happy for you that you found some little furry babies to help you heal! Thanks for your story!! V ps.Oops don't know how that got posted twice!
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My husband was walking through the mall around Thanksgiving of 2003 and spotted a puppy calender with a photo of a puppy that looked like what our little Maggie might have looked like as a puppy. We bought the calendar and looked inside to find out that the puppy was a Havanese (and we figured Maggie might have been a Hav mix. She had been an owner turn in to a local shelter).
That started me on a research mission to find out all I could about the breed. We had been thinking of adding another dog to our family while we still had Maggie so that she could help show a little one the ropes, so to speak. Unfortunately we lost Maggie suddenly in April of 2004 at the age of 12 or 13 from complications of an earlier bout with cancer. Our home and hearts were empty without a little one so I continued my research, having contacted the HCA, gotten breeder referrals, emailed back and forth with a few, visited one's home to check out the adults to see what they were like (after all, anyone would fall in love with a puppy!) and in June of 2004 we brought home 10 week old McKenna.
Just like parents of human children who yearn for another child, we did too after awhile. In May of 2005 we brought home 11 week old Sedona. She was actually a surprise birthday present to me.

We are forever grateful to whatever company published that Calendar.....I still have it.

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I was working for Thomasville a few years ago and a lady and her husband came in with the cutest dog I'd ever seen. He looked like benji, and he was small and quiet and friendly and let everyone pet him. I asked them what kind of dog he was and she said it was a havanese and I memorized the name.

Since I've been looking for a dog, I've gone through a myriad of different breeds but always came back to Havs..so finally I just decided to go with my original gut and get a havanese.

Next friday I get to take Capote home!
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One of my dearest girlfriends lost her dog about 10 years ago and went on a quest for another companion that was considered non-allergenic. She shared with me about the Havanese and she ended up getting a really wonderful male from a breeder in Canada.

My husband and I had been dogless for a couple of years for the first time in both of our lives and decided it was time to add another to our home. We were looking for an RV, so we wanted a smaller dog that could travel well with us. We were torn between a Havanese and a Maltese for a while. I began doing my own research and started meeting other people with Havanese and that was it. About a year later, we met a breeder in Sacramento and got to pick out our first little boy and she encouraged me to get back into showing. (My parents had Lhasa Apsos and showed them when I was younger.) That particular boy didn't stay with me long as he turned out to not be show/breeding potential, but that is what happens when you get into the show & breeding side. You can't just keep collecting dogs, although it is tempting sometimes!

Anyway, that's the short story on how we found them and ended up where we are. Now I have the bug to breed to improve. My whole personal library is dominated by books on genetics, breeding, canine anatomy, training, etc. It's slowly consuming our household. LOL
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