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Hi I am new here. I don't have a havanese yet but am looking at getting one. I have fallen in love with pics of these dogs but have never met one before. I have 3 kids so I am looking for a small dog that is good with kids and also smart. Just looking for any info that you all would like to pass on. I have been reading alot of posts on here and have found out alot. Are any of you from Georgia or South Carolina? We live in Georgia but all of our family and friends are in South Carolina. It will be a while before we can get our furbaby, maybe as long as a year. We travel alot to SC and the inlaws have outside dogs only. So getting them to let us have a inside dog looks to be the most difficult part of the process, then potty training would be the next hardest thing. We really don't have any pets at this time we have a betta fish and had a hamster but it died. However, I was raised primarily by my grandparents and they had dogs (shelties)from when I turned 4 years old until after I moved out at age 20. They used the male for breeding and we had many puppies. My older sister has dogs and has had as many as 12 puppies at a time so I have had to help her with them alot over the years. I miss the dogs and puppies alot and it is time for me to get a furbaby. I stay at home with my kids and don't plan on going to work anytime soon so this will be good for training.
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Monkeytam, Welcome to the forum. All you have to do is dedicate a few hours to reading the threads & you will learn ALL you need to know just about on the Havanese. We all think they are Wonderful. I never had dogs so I too wondered about the indoor issue but keep in mind that they are nonshed and hypoallergenic, so no hair. So really, why not have them indoors? Heck, many many many of the Havs on this site, sleep in bed with us!! I am happy to hear you are considering this breed, ask away - we are all too happy to talk about our Havs!!

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Hello. I also have 3 kids and no havanese yet.

I'm in Indiana. Enjoy the boards!
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Thanks I wouldn't have it any other way but to have an inside dog. Now I would definately take it out for bathroom breaks and to exercise. The shelties we had were inside too. So I am used to it. Speaking of training... Those of you that do travel how do you train your dogs. I mean I would hate to get it trained at home then go to the inlaws and have the dog have accidents because it got confused. I am thinking of doing both inside and outside training. That is because the dog wouldn't be confused or scared after a while of where to go to use the potty when we travel. Or if the weather was bad the dog could just go inside on a puppy pad. Is this wrong???
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One thing about the Havanese is that they seem to travel well just be sure and tell the breeder that you want to travel with the dog . I did not remember to do this with Cosmo and he is not really a great traveler . he got carsick a lot .. He is getting better but it was difficult in the beginning .
Asta my first dog was a great traveler . I do not know how you plan on traveling . By plane by car in a boat .. Every dog is a individaul and a little different so be clear with the breeeder so she can pick a puppy that is right for you and your lifestyle ..
Asta was fine in a car we took him a lot of places and the potty issue was not a big one . He was trained to go outside but also on a pee pee pad and I would take that as well . Most of the time he would go outside and on a leash ..
I flew with him and kept him in a sherpa he never got sick or had an accident ever..
Some dogs are potty trained more quickly then others - I do not know why - personality / freeedom ?consistencty .
My German Shorthair was potty trained in two- three weeks . Very few accidents until he was a senior dog . Not my Havanese - it took much longer . Pay attention to what is said in other threads about potty training crate ttraining and keeping them in restricted spaces .. They do get it but it is slower .. be consistent and be positive
They are wonderful dogs and so affectionate and a lot of fun ..
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Monkeytam, i sent you a private message with some info on a breeder in S.C.

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Welcome to the forum!

I, too, am a SAHM of 3 (17, 15 and 12) and we have two cats but I still wanted my dog! Took a while to convince hubby, but when he finally relented, I was off and running and now........ we have TWO Havs, Sammy and Ricky who are 9.5 months and 10 months old. heehee

There are many threads on housetraining, crate training, pee pads, travelling, what kind of breeder to look for, and so much more that we couldn't do all that information justice by posting it all here. Please roam around the boards and if you have questions regarding each of those subjects, just post in those threads and there will be a ton of support and advice. We're a great bunch, what can I say?

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My kids are 5, almost 4 (june) and 3 1/2 months. When we were in SC this past weekend their great grandparents brought over their new dog. It is a pekepoo ( I think). The kids did really good with it. My son, the almost 4 year old was alittle scared but that was because his 12 year old uncle was not acting right. He was jumping up and down and the dog was doing the same thing. I was trying to explain to the kid that you cannot act like that and expect anything. I mean for the dog to be calm and nice. Poor dog she is just a puppy. When he finally stopped jumping and the dog calmed done my son came over and was fine. My daughter (5) was just standing there through all of this and was as calm as could be. Both older kids like animals alot. My daughter says she wants to be a vet.
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I was going to send you a private message on an excellent breed in South Carolina, but after seeing LuvMyHavanese (Shannon)'s comment, I'm sure she beat me to it. Shannon's dogs are both from one of my favorite breeders. If you are willing to travel a short distance, you are fortunate to have many excellent breeders on the east coast.
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Yes Kimberly, i told them all about Bobbi. How did you guess??
I was very fortunate to find her.

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