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Hi. I just joined the Forum and hope I'm in the right spot! I am interested in buying a Havanese puppy. I have never owned one before but did have a Bichon for 13-1/2 years. She passed away in October 2006 and I am lost without her. I decided on the Havanese because they are adorable and because I thought if I get another Bichon I would compare it to my first one. But I need some help. I have ready nearly everything on the Internet but still am confused. Do any of you have any recommendations for me. Also saw an adorable "Havachon" but don't have much info on them -- only that they are a "mixed" breed.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi Eileen and to the forum. I'm very sorry about your loss. I can only imagine how tough that must be to lose a dog after such a long time of having her.

As far as your questions, I'm not sure what you are asking. What exactly are you confused about? What kind of dog to get?

I personally would not get a Havachon but only because mixed breed dogs do not have the same characteristics and personality as you would get with a Havanese. Are you only getting a Havanese because you think they look cute or because you think their personality is something you are looking for?

What kind of living situation to you have? Do you have kids, do you work, what kind of dog are you looking for? I would need more info on you before giving any advice.


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I just wanted to add that I do think Havanese are a great breed but that it's important to understand their needs as well! I hope I didn't come off as saying that I don't think you should get a Havanese... I just wanted to know more about you before selling you into a breed that might not work for you.


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HI Eileen!

Welcome to the forum. You've come to a great place to get good advice. I'm sorry about your loss. I know how hard it is to be without a dog, but you're doing it right by asking questions and doing your homework first and not letting your heart rush you into anything. Your best bet for a great result is to go with a responsible breeder. A good breeder shows their dogs in comformation events to be sure they are breeding dogs of the highest quality. They will also do genetic testing on their breeding dogs to be sure they are free of genetic defects and this will lessonthe chances that their offsping will have genetic problems down the road. You should be able to see the results of this testing at the OFA website and you should verify for yourself that the parents of your future pup have passed these tests. A good breeder breeds less dogs and has the time to raise you dog indoors with love and attention and many will begin potty training and socialize your dog well. A good breeder will screen you just as well as you are screening them. Ask questions! A good breeder will offer help when you have questions even after the sale and will have an interest in how you are doing with your pup.
Quality breeders don't mix breeds. Their goal is to produce healthy, well adjusted dogs that meet the standard for their breed. A mixed breed dog is a bit of a wild card in whether it will be true to either breed in the mix. If a breeder is mixing breeds...do you really know that they are mixing two pure dogs? or could the two parents also have jsut a bit of a mix? If you are interested in purchasing a mixed breed dog then I would recommend getting one from a rescue organization. *I have nothing against mixes...I have a lovely mixed girl I purchased from our local pound. I DO think it's crazy to pay the price of a purebred dog for a mix though. There's more info in this thread http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=2021 .

Good luck in finding the perfect dog for your family! You'll get plenty of help here. What state are you in? There are several breeders on the board and more that may be recommended to you.
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Eileen. If you want to learn about a Havanese you came to the right place, just ask away. There are also lots of threads you can read on the forum to help you also.

I also would stay away from the "designer dogs" we were just having a discussion on puppy mills and mix breeds (on purpose) you can read it here: http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=2091

Good luck and dont be shy, there is a lot to learn before buying a well breed healthy puppy.

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LOL Christy we posted the same thread at the same time, must be a good read Eileen.

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Thank you all for your comments and good wishes. My husband and I are both retired and will be at home with the dog most of the time. I want a dog who loves to be cuddled, is playful and loyal--and that sounds like the Havanese. I will continue to try to find the right breeder and I'm sure I'll be back with more questions! Thank you all so much.

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Eileen, that sounds like the perfect dog for you will be a Havanese to me! Please do find a good breeder, it is definitely worth it in the long run, even if you have to wait more time than you expected to, it'll be for the best in the end.

Where do you live? I'm sure we can give you some breeder recommendations around you. It's also good to be able to see a Hav before you get one (I'm sure you will fall in love even more when that happens). You can always go to play groups in your area or to a show to see them.

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Thank you all for your comments and good wishes. My husband and I are both retired and will be at home with the dog most of the time. I want a dog who loves to be cuddled, is playful and loyal--and that sounds like the Havanese. I will continue to try to find the right breeder and I'm sure I'll be back with more questions! Thank you all so much.

Eileen
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I Havanese dog would be perfect for you!
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Hi
Welcome to the forum ...
I know what a big step this is for you after having a doggie for so long . I have friends who have had Bichons Winston and now they have Willie he is a wonderful little guy but to be honest I like the Havanese a tiny bit better.. but Bichons are great too ..
I do not want to upset anyone as I have a tendency to do that ..
I was also going to get a Coton de Tulear at one time and my vet made a face so no Coton for me ..
Just remember these little guys are like chidren - each one is a little different . It does not say where you live in a house or an apartment .
You may want to read some books on Havanese first as well . There are a couple you can buy on Amazon for reasonable prices .
There is a lot of information on this site - do not worry people like you asking for help . We are all willing to help and answer your questions .
A good breeder is so important - one who health tests and who has a guarantee .. Please do not be afraid to ask as many questions as you want of the breeder ..
The are breeders who post here who are very helpful but no puppies are for sale here..
Lots of wonderful pictures though ! Enjoy !!
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