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Hello - I contacted the breeder I got Cuba from because I thought he would like a play mate once he was house trained. Well, the breeder has the cutest brown and white parti girl now ready to go home. Am I crazy to even consider a second puppy? Cuba is 14 weeks (on Saturday) and his new friend (Isabel) would be 8 weeks.

Thoughts? This is my first dog ever, but Cuba is great and so smart! My sister will be here for month to help get through the first 4 weeks.

I was thinking of getting a girl. Would Cuba do better with another boy? Right now he loves ALL people and other dogs!

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-07-2008, 10:32 PM
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Oh Hope, these guys are puppies for such a short time, I'd really recommend that you wait. Even just a few months - let Cuba grow up first - get some training under your belt, especially the housebreaking.

Now did I follow my own advice? Not 20 years ago. I got two dogs that were three months apart in age. And I lost them within a just a few months of each other and it was so, so, sad. They were great friends all their lives however. It's more than double the work. I do like the idea of your sister being there to help though for the first four weeks. A word of warning however. One time I went with my mom to get her new puppy. Well guess who the puppy wanted to live with? Me. And it turned out to be a nightmare for her. After years of misbehaving and unhappiness between the two of them, I finally had to take him in. So sometimes it's not the best to have a temporary guest when you get a new puppy. Just food for thought. Let us know what you decide.


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i just got a second hav and so far so good...but i had the first for almost a year before i got the second and i think it was a good thing.
i know mugsy now and i know his routine and how he does things so it's easier to pick up on things quickly. i am now getting to know kaylie, who is much older than mugs (6 years to his almost 2 years).
plus i got to have all his love and playfulness to myself and now i have to share him.
it may seem like a small thing but i can feel the impact of the change already.

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Our own breeder asked us to wait...

She recommended we wait, at least until he was close to a year. Sometimes two puppies attach more to each other than to humans and aren't always the best at being trained without their doggy mom to keep them in line. A Hu-mom doesn't speak their language.

I waited ten months, almost made the year mark. I'm glad I did. At least one was housetrained, and she could watch him be "good." She picked up his good characteristics, not his bad.

Havanese bond with each other, so you don't have to worry...most people recommend waiting. It is your decision. What does your heart say?

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I agree with what the others are saying. My personal opinion is to wait. Cuba will be a puppy for a long time, and at 14 weeks I can't believe he is house-trained. I would suspect you are well trained to meet his needs. House trained refers to when you can leave him alone in the house for quite some time and he will be safe in the home and not chew or potty indoors. Your little one has yet to loose teeth and blow coat and learn basic obedience so you will have a wonderful and well trained dog that will be a joy to you and everyone else too.

I recently got a second Havanese and am starting all over again with the joys of a new puppy. My first is a year older and is fully house trained and sets a good example for the youngster to follow. They are close enough in age to make great playmates and I get to do the little puppy thing all over again!
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Puppy and older adolescent video

I don't know if you saw this...but this is Daisy at 3 months, and Riki at almost one year.

Perfect age for adding the second, I believe.


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my dogs are 10 weeks apart. We adopted #2 because I was taking a full time job. It has worked for us.
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I got Brando when Bogart was a year. But not for any reason other than it I couldn't afford two at once. I do think it would be easier training wise to wait though.
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As I've said more than once, I have had two puppies at the same time twice and it worked out very well both times. They had each other for company and they learned things together. I never regretted it for a moment. This time Milo was over a year old when Bailey joined us. The transition in the potty department for Milo was much worse than anything I ever experienced before.

My best advice is to go with your gut and do what feels right to you.

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This time Milo was over a year old when Bailey joined us. The transition in the potty department for Milo was much worse than anything I ever experienced before.
How was potty training worse with Milo?

I've decided to wait. Cuba is my first dog ever and and I think I would be more comfortable waiting until he was better trained. Hopefully, his good habits will rub off on the puppy. The breeder I got Cuba from should have another litter ready to go home in January and I think I will wait until then.

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