Jackie, Sophie's Mom
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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I read that female Havanese tend to be more dominant than males, but it shouldn't matter in the long run. Just introduce them and watch them interract. We got Sophie when she was 4 months old and she was introduced to my best friend's 5 month old Bichipoo(who is bigger). They ended rolling around with each other, becoming one ball of fur and spit. Lucy likes to play hard and would dominate Sophie, but Sophie would just get back up and egg her on for more....she loved it! For the first four months of her life, Sophie grew up with three adult Havs, her two siblings, a rough collie and an australian shepherd...not to mention a few cats!
If you are not used to the ways dogs play, it might seem stressful. My hubby was worried that they were fighting. I had to teach him about the different barks and behaviors dogs do when they are playing. What is the temperament of your Maltese? Has she been socialized with other dogs? What is the temperament of the 4 mo. old Hav? If she came from a puppy mill or has not been properly socialized, you may have to limit contact at first.
If you end up getting her, please post pics and let us know how both are doing. Good luck!