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Which puppy do I choose?

Hi, I am new to the forum and new to the Havanese breed. I am trying to decide between 2 adorable male puppies. I am sure that I will be head over heels about either one and probably cannot make a bad decision.
The breeder is out of state, so seeing the puppies first is not an option, although I will fly there to bring the puppy home. Both puppies are cuddly and playful. One is more inquisitive and the breeder describes him as having the 'Look at me, I have arrived' personality of a show dog. He loves to be the center of attention. The other puppy tends to assess the situation more before joining in, but can also be assertive when necessary. Any thoughts on which one I should choose?
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Others will chime in but I would explain my home situation (kids, husband, working hours, other pets, etc.) to the breeder and she should be able to guide you to the right puppy. Most breeders do assessments on their pups (and know them intimately after 8-10 weeks with them). Consequently I would rely on their recommendation after taking your lifestyle into consideration...

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thanks, Donna -- the breeder said that these 2 puppies are so close that she feels either one would be a great fit for us. I am a little more drawn to the markings of the one who is more of a rascal. I was wondering if the inquisitiveness is a sign of intelligence, or whether it would make him easier or mire of a challenge to train.
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I personally would go for the 2nd pup you described ... more laid back, etc... often times once you get that pup out from his littermates he will blossom! that is what happened with our hav! Her breeder described her as shy and hesitant. We went to meet the puppies and had them 'evaluated' one by one as to how much they paid attention to the breeder, if they would 'melt' when the breeder put them on thier back, etc ... and the one that was "shy" was really just steamed rolled over by her siblings because she was small! She captured our heart and we have never looked back and never regretted taking the "shy" pup. and anyone that knows Tillie, knows she is NOT shy! LOL
anywhoooo, go with your gut for sure!! but know that a more demanding pup is going to test your patience for SURE! LOL

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The inquisitive one might get into more things! I wouldn't judge by the marking, either, since those change a lot! My four year old is changing yet again right now! It depends, too, if you're up for the challenge. We are older and prefer a more laid back dog so you do have to figure in your lifestyle and your expectations.

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We have an inquisitive one (Finn, the gold sable). Definitely a challenge! But so full of personality and that is neat too. It is too bad you can't meet them first and see which one chooses you. I haven't done a whole lot of training with him yet to tell you whether he is easier to train or not. And I need to. I think one needs to keep these inquisitive ones very busy. What training I have done with him, he seems to have picked up very quickly. And then some other things he has learned on his own, like getting up on the counter top and trying to stick his tongue in the toaster - that is the latest thing he did. We have had to put child locks on all the kitchen cabinets.

I see where you said the breeder thought either one would do well with you - my suggestion was going to be to ask the breeder after hearing of your lifestyle, etc.

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Is there a way you can watch the puppies play on webcam or video? May be that will help on your decision. When we saw Precious with her 2 other litter mates, we picked Precious. She was the one would let other to get on top of her, the first one to lay down. We wanted a more laid back pup, so we picked her. I am so excited for you, just follow your heart.
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Thanks so much, everyone, for your great advice. I spoke to the breeder again and she actually recommended the inquisitive puppy this time because this past week, he has also been the one who comes over more often for cuddles. Up until now, I think she was leaning toward the more laid back pup for us. Ideally, if both puppies are still available when I get to the breeder, I will be able to let the puppy choose me.
However, hearing about Finn getting up on the counter and putting his tongue in the toaster does have me a little worried. We are covered on child protective latches because my 2 year old grandson is here often. This will be my first time getting a puppy without having an opportunity to interact with him first, so it had been a difficult decision. However, I am sure that I will love whichever puppy we get -- how could I not?
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Welcome to the forum Iris,

I think it's great that you will be able to see the puppies if both are still available and chose. I personally always go for the one with more attitude, inquisitiveness and more potential for getting in trouble. lol I just love the dogs with the "I am here, so look at me attitude". We are also a busy household and a puppy that never met a stranger always worked best for us.

When are you going to go pick up your baby?

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I get my baby Jan 23rd and can't wait. Julia, I see that you are in San Francisco. We are in Santa Cruz.
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