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My Future Havanese

Hello there, I am a sixteen your old boy living in Toronto, Ontario. I have wanted a dog all of my life, but I really got into them around a month ago. I decided that for my birthday (march). I would love a puppy. I am not a naive little boy, I understand about getting up every hour for the first little while. I am up to that, I understand the need for training, picking up poop, bathing, feeding and all the responsibilities of a child. I feel like getting a dog would help me as a person for the maturity of myself and to have a new companion that I have always wanted. Therefore, I have been researching on many forums about the havanase and dogs in general. I came onto forums not knowing what type of dog I would like, but with SEVERAL breed quizzes, reading information and talking to members on different message boards. I have decided that I would like to convince my parents on letting me have a Havanese. I know, that when I learn from other people I learn better other than the zillion pages I have read online. Therefore I was wondering if you all would be able to educate me on the Havanese, just a basic summary about them and stuff. I probably know it but I would like to know about your personal Havanese dogs/puppies.

The only problem is, i havent talked to my parents yet, because its to close to the time. I am thinking about telling them on monday and showing them research and my willingness to work at an animal shelter, acting mature and showing that i really know my stuff about the Havanese.

What do you all have to say about this?

Thank you all for listening to my time

BTW, i have picked out a name for my little girl or boy

Girl: Cleo
Boy: Harley
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It's a wonderful breed. They want to be with you at all times. They are smart and funny and very active. Grooming can take up a lot of time, but with a puppy cut it can be easier. Find a great breeder to visit and talk to that can help answer all your questions. Good luck talking with your parents!!

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You do sound very mature and responsible! This site has a ton of info for your research! Good luck with your folks. This is an amazing breed.

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It's a great breed, thats for sure! We have a few Toronto GTA members on this forum, so we could help you find a GOOD breeder not toooo far from home. I doubt you would be able to find any havanese in any shelter around here though..


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Welcome to the forum! You definately sound like you're passionate about getting a new puppy!

One thing I know your parents are going to ask you and something you'll have to be prepared for is what do you plan on doing when you graduate from HS in a couple years? These dogs have a tendency to live around 11-15 years. If you're going to college, the dorms and many apartments don't allow pets. If you're in the military, then you won't be able to take your dog with you.

While it's great to have a puppy, they are a long term commitment. You have to work them into your plans not only now, but in 5 or 6 years. Will your new hav be an intrigal part of your future? Keep in mind that those late nights out may be cut short as well. They have to be let outside. I've had to cut plans short to come home and let them out so you need to keep that in mind as well.

Just some things to consider. They really are like children. Are you ready to care for a child?

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Hi! These are the most wonderful dogs! I'm sure everyone on here would agree with that and if you type any topic into the "Search" you'll get lots of info.

I have 3 children, aged 18, 14, and 12, and they aren't always rushing in to help with dog stuff! The reality is that, unless you're home schooled, your parents will provide most of the care for your dog. My kids are gone at school all day and then have activities after school. They like to sleep in on weekends and spend time out with friends. The first few months you have your dog will require all of your free time, except you really won't have free time because you'll be so focused on your puppy. Potty training, socializing, training, walking, grooming, all of this takes a lot of time. These dogs are companion animals and want to be with you all the time, you'll have a little shadow that follows you everywhere.

Also consider cost of care. Vet bills, heart worm medication, flea/tick meds, grooming, food, and toys.

I am in no way trying to discourage you from getting a puppy, just telling you that the reality of it is work! It's so worth it though as you'll have a dog who will give you so much love!!!

Just give it lots of thought and talk honestly with your parents about the commitment involved for the whole family. Lots of dogs wind up in shelters because people don't quite realize how much time and money is involved.

You sound like a very mature 16 year old and as a parent of teens it makes me happy to see you give this decision so much thought. Please let us know what you decide after you discuss it with your parents. Good luck to you!!!

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Thanks everybody. I am actually planning to go to university here in toronto, so that will not be a problem. I also have younger siblings, therefore we have a live in nanny to let the dog out. We know its not her responsibility, its mine, but I have definitley put the thought in. If i would like the dog for my birthday, when should i ask? I say around January, because I know I would like to give them notice, but it's a little nuts for a 16 year old to give your parents there request for a birthday present in september when they're birthday is actually in mach
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Who is going to take care of your pup when you are not home?

Havs like to be around people pretty much all the time.

Havs are expensive! Who will pay for your Hav?

Does your Mom & Dad want a pup?

Who will be grooming your Hav? Brushing? Combing? Or taking your Hav to the groomer frequently?

Who will take care of your Hav when you are in college?

The one who does the most care, feeding, and training, pottying, your Hav will associate with his main caregiver.

You sound very mature for your age, but these questions are a lot to think about. Havs live a long time. Make sure you do your studying on what the breed is all about.

My hubby is retired and I am working 3 nights, so there is always someone to be there with my pup.

Dexter & Jack
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You sound like a wonderful young man. I can't think of anything much better than a little cuddleball for your birthday.

Linda makes excellent points though. This breed thrives on attention and does require considerable grooming. There's also medical bills, training, training and training : )

Not trying to change your mind! Just want to make sure you get the BIG picture.

Let us know how you make out, please?

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