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Question Labs and Havs?

My husband and I are interested in adding a labrador retriever to our home. Our beloved lab passed away a couple years ago, right before we moved and we miss her dearly. We have a lot of previous lab experience and we think we are ready for another dog. (I know I'm crazy!!!! With 2 havanese and everything!) We have a huge yard with tons of land and plenty of space for a lab. We have been in contact with a breeder but before we get too serious I wanted all of your opinions who have havanese and labs (I know there are a few of you.) Are the labs clumsy with the havs? Could they hurt one another/ Would there be major alpha issues? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,

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We introduced our Havs to our older lab....she's had to put up with them! She doesn't have much energy, but when she does decide to give chase, they need to get out of the way as her paws are about the size of Izzy's head!! Kai is almost 100 lbs. and Izzy is 7.5 lbs. But, Kai has been very good with them for the most part. You would be bringing in a puppy who would have to learn to be gentle as they are so much bigger! When our Havs try to get Kai's food, she just looks up at me as if to say "MOM! Help!!" She's never tried to hurt them and actually is the least dominant in our pack.

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We don't have a lab but our friends do and Molly and Luther get along great.Really play together well and Luther the lab is gentle like he knows she is smaller.
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I personally don't have a lab but the only thing I would think about is if you will be getting a puppy (you didn't mention the age), the lab puppy might more easily hurt the Havs because puppies tend to be more excited and clumsy than the older dogs. I think that most people on the forum (I might be wrong) with labs added the Havs to the older lab, not the other way around. That's the only thing I would worry about. I do think that labs are wonderful and all the labs I've met have been very gentle with Kubrick, though the younger ones are very exuberant and scare him a little bit.


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We have a yellow lab that is 12 years old. They all play really well togther!!! I will post some pics when I get home!!!! I would look into the labs temperment and see if it would be a good match!!!

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I personally don't have a lab but the only thing I would think about is if you will be getting a puppy (you didn't mention the age), the lab puppy might more easily hurt the Havs because puppies tend to be more excited and clumsy than the older dogs. I think that most people on the forum (I might be wrong) with labs added the Havs to the older lab, not the other way around. That's the only thing I would worry about. I do think that labs are wonderful and all the labs I've met have been very gentle with Kubrick, though the younger ones are very exuberant and scare him a little bit.
I agree with you Carolina. Oliver and Comet play with my sister's lab. However her neighbor's lab puppy is one puppy I keep them away from.
He isn't a bully but he just is really rough around them and doesn't know his own strength.He is adorable and great with kids just not small dogs

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Hmm this is all very interesting. We were looking at puppies as my husband is interested in field training him or her. Megan, I look forward to pictures! I feel kind of silly asking this but do you think N&N would bully or isolate the lab? PLease keep the suggestions coming, all of your opinions are greatly appreciated!
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Maybe you could find someone with an older trained puppy that you know is good around small dogs. I have a lot of friends who do field work and they love it though! I think Dora could do it but I don't want to groom her afterwards!!!

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Ours all got along wonderfully, but the Lab was 4 years old when the havs got here. I would be concerned about a puppy being too rough tho'. Our lab was 120 lbs.
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