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Which puppy to buy? Male/Female, etc.

'Manhood' sightings.......

I am going to get a Havanese puppy. Do I want male or female? I have read that males are more affectionate in this breed but I've never owned a male dog and I am scared of him showing his 'manhood'. I have heard some people say their dog only shows his manhood when he is near a dog in heat. Some people say their show it all of the time. I don't want to be afraid to rub and play with the puppy but I would be if it 'excited' him too much.


How can you tell what color your adult havanese will be? They seem to do a lot of changes as they grow?


How common is this problem with this breed? How can you fix it?

Anything else I need to know.....

Is there anything else I need to know about this breed? I think I've done enough research to be sure I like the breed. Any hidden secrets>
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I have three males and I have never seen their manhood.

I would say get what you are comfortable with.

Here's a good website on their color changes http://www.mts.net/~mckay55/colours.html

One of mine has tear some tear staining, one has very little and one has none.

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First welcome to the forum. Havanese are wonderful! They also become quite addicting!

I think health is the most important issue, first of all. Did you check the health of the parents? Do they have Cerf numbers and you already verified their information online?

A lot of people say boys are more loving and more easy going but I have been told this is true for dogs in general not just havanese. I think the man issue- becomes not as much of an issue if your dog is a neutered pet. Do you plan on neutering the dog before he matures?

Color can help be determined by the parents. They are known to change color. Tear staining and mouth staining happen in a lot of dogs. I have a maltese that has always had this battle. The more I clean it and keep up with it, the better it gets but she hates it and I let it go, not as big of a deal to me. However, you might find a black havanese, gets it less. Nice thing about this breed they come in all colors. Has anyone had a black dog turn a different color?

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Hi ballteammom,

to the forum. You'll get plenty of responses very soon I'm sure.
Gender: it is totally up to your preferences and very pup is different. But you'll find lots of people here who started off with a female and then got a male and swear they'll only get males from now on. That doesn't mean that females are less good, but people seem to have different experiences with the males. Also you'll get your boy/girl neutered/spayed anyway (unless you want to breed) which *should* take care of the male behaviors you're scared of.
Color: colors of the rainbow is what you can find for Havanese. They really come in all colors and shades, but in order to have a slight guess as how your pup will eventually look, you need to see their parents, grandparents, etc. I also asked my breeder if her Black&White sire or dam had the silvering gene, which she denied. So that means there's a good chance he'll stay this way, BUT there's no guarantee.
HEALTH TESTING=most important point to look for BEFORE looking at puppies. There are several threads on here about what to look for, this is very serious if you want to get a HEALTHY pup. I'm sure other people will be able to post links to other important threads soon, I'm too tired to do that, SORRY!!!

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Welcome to the forum!

My Beamer is 10 months old and I have NEVER seen his junk ever! I have never seen him hump anything before!


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Welcome to the group, others have pointed out how important it is to check on all health testing of the puppies parents you are looking at. The website to check is www.offa.org and if you have the parents names you can look them up plus any of their relatives, also you might check to see if they passed the tests.
As to color and gender, I think what you need to do is hopefully find a breeder close to you and go over, sit on the floor with the puppies and see who picks you. You want to let the breeder know what you are hoping for in a puppy and hopefully they can pick something close, calm, spunky, etc. You will also find that once your puppy is home it's personality will change quickly to fit into its enviroment. They are very adaptable and will train you quickly if you don't stay on top of them, very intelligent also. If you go to www.havanese.org you can look on the left side for a local club to contact and hopefully meet some nice breeders. If you look around on the site you will find all kinds of great bits of information to help you in your quest. Good luck and let us know how your search goes.



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Hi ballteammom and to the forum.

I have two males, both fixed and no problems. I just love, love, love my boys!!!

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In general, I prefer the males for pets. They are so sweet, so wonderful and so much easier to train. They have a higher desire to please, so it makes training easier. There is nothing wrong with the girls by any means, but for that companionship and super sweet personality, I really like the males.
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I have a male hav, and he's not really all that sweet. My female bichon mix is a real love, though.

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They say that girls love you, but boys are IN LOVE with you. I have 2 boys!

The manhood (or red rocket as we refer to it) appears occassionally with 1 of my boys. It's funny, he's especially fond of 1 of my friends and everytime she comes over - YES, it appears. LOL! We laugh it off and he puts it away. Not a big deal. Both my dogs are intact. Neutering may make a difference?

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