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How did everyone here find their perfect havanese puppy(s)? Did you pick your puppy based on:

the overall look?
Because it was your only choice?

Would be interesting to hear everyones stories!

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How did everyone here find their perfect havanese puppy(s)? Did you pick your puppy based on:

the overall look?
Because it was your only choice?

Would be interesting to hear everyones stories!

Temperment! I don't have my Havanese yet but I definately decided what things would work the best for my family and then shopped around from there! Once I had my choices narrowed down on the type of dog that worked best, the family and I looked at pics and discussed the pluses and minuses of each type. By the time we went and saw the Havanese in person, it was unanimous! Havanese seem to change colors quite a bit. Although I like the Bi colored dogs at first glance I've seen dogs in pretty much every color that were stunning!

We had also considered the Bichon Frise, the Shih Tzu, and the Mexican Hairless!
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I was looking for a black and white, but not having any luck and then I saw a picture of Kodi and 2 of his sisters. Kodi was a gold/sable, one sister was identical, and there was an all black pup. When we walked in the house and sat down, Kodi ran up to my husband and jumped in his lap. That's how Kodi picked us.

When we were looking for Hav #2, I still wanted a b/w female pup, but was not having much success. Either there were only males, or they had to be shipped, etc. And then we saw Shelby. There were a few in her litter, but I picked her after speaking to the breeder and seeing some pics.

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Hi Ryan, With Sam, the breeder had four pups and four buyers. After evaluating the pups & the buyers the breeder decided which pup would go to who. I did mention that I kinda liked the Red Sable, hint hint. And that is who we got. But his temperment fit to our family. He can be a dominate rascal, which I like. The breeder made the right choices. All pups went to the right home. Hope this helps.

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When I made first contact with our breeder, she said that there were 4 pups, 1 sable, and 3 blacks. I didn't want sable because I was concerned about staining so I told her I'd love one of the blacks. They were all male so had no choice about that. I didn't have a preference either way so that was fine.

We emailed often and spoke on the phone so she had an idea what pup(s) would fit best with us and had two in mind. We hadn't picked one until we got there to pick Ricky up. We asked what their temperaments were as that was the first and most important thing to us. Color was secondary. I also asked about the parents a lot since I wanted to know how they were, healthwise of course, but personality-wise too.

Little did I know until two weeks before we went that they also had a female available but didn't mention it because she was small and they wanted to keep an eye on her longer to be sure she was fit to be placed as a pet. As it happened, we would have loved a girl, but it took them another few weeks before deciding she was perfectly fine and she went to another family.

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Temperment! I had initially wanted an all-white or cream Hav. When we found a breeder in our town, she had a black & white parti and a black irish pied. We didn't know the black puppy was available, so when we met the puppies, we thought we were going with the black & white. However, as the meeting went on, we realized she was very alpha and would be a lot of work to train. The black puppy was not shy, but he was much less dominant, and I knew he was the one for us. When I initially started looking at Havs, I said, "any color but black," but that's indeed what we ended up with! Although, he is lightening to silver on his face...haha! So anyway, all that to say- we chose on temperment!
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Color and appearance for me - I was very lucky!! I picked mine out of pics from the website, I knew that I wanted all different! Thankfully I was lucky that all of them get along great! When it came to the third I def. wanted a male, and I loved Logan's coloring so he was sex - then looks. Since all three of mine came from the same breeder, I believe that she would have said something if she were concerned about the temperments not meshing.

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Hi Freeway. I let the breeder pick the right temperment for our family and it worked out wonderful!!!!!!!!!! If you have a good breeder they will be correct over 90% of the time maybe even more. I did tell her I originally wanted one of the puppies that was black and tan but that puppy turned out to be the alpha and not good for a novice pet owner to train. Houston worked out perfectly and seems like he will do well with pet therapy which we wanted him for.
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The breeder decided. I had many conversations with her when a litter finally became available. She knew the type of temperment I was interested in and she matched me with a pup. Lola is 10 months now and a perfect match for us. She is exactly what I was looking for.
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I think for us it was a combination of all.Temperment was number 1 as this was going to be a dog for a special needs child.I only wanted a male and I wanted one with a specific look.As luck would have it,we found all three in Quincy.I think the bottom line really is you know in your heart when you see the right one for you.Be open to different color choices,but don't settle.For me,I would not want the all white one,or the very light tan one,no matter what,not that they are not just as cute or as pretty as the next,but for me I struggle with keeping my dogs coat clean and stain free(not successful with mustache)but in a lighter color,at least in my world,I would be constantly fretting about it.You know this kind of stuff within yourself.Good Luck!

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