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What to Look For When Choosing a Puppy

Well, we are seeing the litter this weekend, and I may be going to look primarily at just one, though I hope to meet them all. Not sure who will be spoken for by the time we get there, one for sure. BTW, is it unusual for there to be just 3 in a litter?

I read the thread here about breeders evaluating for show, and someone mentioned they were meeting havs with temperament issues (one of the reasons I def. did not want to do a mill rescue).

I am looking for a pet, not a show dog, but what should I be considering or looking for when I meet the puppies? Like how to evaluate for both physical stuff and temperament. I got advice in another thread about a more calm puppy vs. a more outgoing one, and I'm still wondering how much can be predicted at the tender age of 6-8 weeks on what they will be like as adults (with good training, of course, I will do my best). My dream dog would be confident and sociable, affectionate but not overly clingy, playful but not hyper. Likes to go for walks and be out and about, but able to chill, too. I know a good part of that is up to me to "create" a dog with those qualities and abilities, but I know a good portion is in-born personality.

Any thoughts on how I can pick the right one?
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I think if you let yourself go and get a "feel" from the puppy or puppies available it's very likely you'll find the puppy will pick you. All my life when I've bought puppies (more rescued than bought over the years), I just knew when it was right. I could even tell by just seeing a photo of the dog it it was for me and I've never been disappointed.

Sometimes you can over think it and drive yourself crazy. As long as you're getting your baby from a reputable breeder you should not have a problem. I also think they do tend to fit into the life you lead. My havs, though very sociable and fun loving seem perfectly happy to be with me just relaxing while I work or occasionally sit in my lap while I try to type . Trying to get "the perfect dog" is likely to make you look for obscure things as you evaluate them. It just might be that you look into those adorable eyes and see that puppy has found a home.

I wish you luck with the visit and I hope your baby chooses you.

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I wish you luck with the visit and I hope your baby chooses you.
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I agree with Geri. While you're bound to be excited to meet the puppies, try to be relaxed and open. The right one will just feel right

Even though your dream dog is "playful but not hyper" be prepared for happy puppies that are all wound up and crawling all over you with glee. Or there might be a few that are so sleepy they can't keep thier eyes open!

No worries, this is purely my biased opinion, but you really can't go wrong with a Hav!

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Any thoughts on how I can pick the right one?
I don't know who you're going to see but normally the breeder has a good handle on the personality of the dog. I'd ask for their advice. Tell them honestly what you want from the dog you're going to get and they should be able to lead you in the right direction. I've had to tell people a couple of times that they were choosing the wrong dog for their lifestyle and it's hard as heck to do but we're dealing with 14 or more years of the dog being with them and you want the dog and person happy and not driving each other crazy.
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When I was looking at my first havanese puppy it took me over a year to find just the right one. I went to several different breeders,and to dog shows to see and learn as much as I could. When I finally chose my breeder she had two litters for me to choose from. It was very very hard because they were all soo cute to me. Miss.Jillee won daddy's heart in a split second. Then every week I would go and see how she was doing and growing up. When we went to pick her up and take her home I could not believe it. She was finally home with us. Here are some pics of Jillee when she was a puppy!!! She is the one on the top of the pic. I can't believe how quickly she has grown. She will be two in April. Good luck and you will just know. I think alot is how you raise them...just like children.
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Diane, it is true that the puppy may choose you. In addition, it is the job of the breeder to evaluate the puppies' temperament, etc. and I'm convinced that s/he will be able to point you to the right puppy. That's what good breeders do, don't worry.

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Ok so I am a bad hava mommy...that one is not Jillee..oops sorry. Just don't tell her I did that. Let me look again. One of those might be her sister Gracie that belongs to Jennifer on here.

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Thanks for the responses! I'm hoping for that elusive love connection, to be honest. I don't know if that's the best way to choose a dog, but that's kind of how I operate. Emotional, not particularly rational, but that doesn't always serve me well.

I don't think any of these puppies has a problem or questionable temperament, I think they are all very playful and sweet, it's more trying to determine how they will differ from each other as adult dogs in terms of personality tendencies. I'm wondering if pretty much any well bred Hav would be a great companion and learn to adapt to our environment, as Geri pointed out. I am not really getting a definitive yes or no from the breeder on which dog might be better for me, though she thinks I would do fine with the one that is probably going to be available for me. The fact that I may not have a choice between several dogs from this litter could be factoring in here, too, and if I feel unsure on meeting them, the only thing I can do is wait for the next litter, or move on. Which would be a bummer. Not to mention my husband would not be happy I dragged him on an all day road trip - lol!

I chose my yorkie on kind of a whim, I didn't look at any other dogs, and while I loved her to pieces her whole life, in retrospect I didn't know what I was getting into, and she probably was not the best fit for me, technically. That was possibly because of the breed, which I didn't research before getting her. I still don't have any regrets, but I'm hoping to get a better match this time to make it a little easier on myself. I'm really glad I stumbled across the happy Havanese. I do think this breed is perfect for us.
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I took each puppy into a room, away from the crowd and spent a bit of time with them. I think that will help a lot.

Good luck!!! What fun this will be for you.
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Jean - that is an excellent idea, thank you. I saw a few litters over the summer, so at least I have those pups as a comparison. I never thought about separating the puppies before, getting one alone to see how it interacts with me without the distractions of the other dogs. I'll definitely do that this time.

I just fall over dying from the cuteness every time I see your signature picture of Riley. BTW, my husband visits a friend in Kirkland every year to go hiking out there in the Cascades and stuff. I've never been, but he says it's beautiful!
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