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Hi everyone! What a great resource and website! A few days ago I was at a local pet store (I know, I know) and absolutely fell in love with this Havanese. It's my first Havanese! He is 4 months old and was normally $1800 but the pet store said since no one bought him and hes been living in a cage for 2 months ( :-( ) I can have him for $700. Needless to say, it wasn't about the money but I did end up taking him. Pictures will be posted soon. Now on with the million questions!

1. I currently own a Maltese who is 3 and was the only dog in our house.
At first he would not even let the puppy step foot near me! Now they seem to be getting along and becoming friends! The older dog does still growl and bark if the puppy gets too close to my mom or dad or his bone. Is this common? Should I let them settle their differences themselves?

2. He is a very playful Havanese. Do Havanese generally stay playful, or as they mature do they become less playful? I would like him to stay playful!
Any advice? I heard that he will follow the behaivor of my Maltese, my Maltese is lazy and mopes around all day? Does this mean he will too?

3. Will he bond to a certain member of the family or my Maltese more than me? I feed him, play with him, and take him out.

Well, thats it for now, thank you guys and girls so much!
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Welcome to the forum. We have a member with Havanese and a Maltese. My playful Hav has remained playful. I think the secret is to continue to play with him.
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Welcome to the forum.
We absolutely must see pictures of your furry babies.

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Welcome to the forum! Hopefully, your new little Hav will bring out the playfulness in your Maltese. I would watch carefully when it comes to your Maltese guarding his bone. I have the laziest, laid-back Lab in the world, but he snaped at Max over a Greenie when Max was only 10 weeks old and dislodged his eye. A quick trip to the vet, and $$$, no more Greenies darkened our door.

The Havanese breed is a playful, happy breed and they stay puppies for 3 years, so you have plenty of happy days ahead of you. They generally bond to the one that feeds and cares for them, but even though my Hav follows me around faithfully, he loves my husband, too.

Send pictures! :-)


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Welcome to the Forum! I would give treats to the Maltese when the new pup is around, so the Maltese knows when the pup is around good things happen.

My suggestions on things that I have learned and I am no expert....The Maltese is the Boss of the puppy, my suggestion is to treat your Maltese as the top dog (feed first, treat first, play know.....

My pup loves me the the very beginning, I spent the most time with the pup about 4 days, then I had to work 3 nights, then my dh had the puppy and I thought I would lose being the favorite, I didn't.....Dexter stills loves me the best!

It is a lot of work taking care of a puppy! Dexter is almost 3 months and I have become relaxed more, in that, I know what to do now. It seems like I was taking Dexter outside almost every 2 hours when he was a puppy during the day, which I was....lots of work.

Found out the pee pads do not work with Dexter. Havs love paper!

Read and study as much as you can on Dog Behavior, it has help me a lot. Keep reading the forum because you will learn a lot of important information.

Again, welcome to the forum! Please post a picture, we are dying to see new Havs!

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I welcomed you in the other thread but since you directly mentioned your maltese interaction here. Isabelle, my maltese, didn't play with other dogs before she only played with people. But she was always playful. She just really doesn't think of herself as a dog. But she has her play sessions with Dasher now. I would say about every other day or something. I think dogs tend to stay more playful if that is the interaction they are having that is fun. Also if that is the bond you have. I keep a handful of toys that I only get down when I want to play with my dogs. I think it helps the bond between me and them and keeps them wanting to play. Ex- it is kind of funny but I have a rabbit tug toy that hangs from our fireplace in our family room. When Dora is feeling sassy, she will stand under the fireplace and just look up and grumble.

But hopefully you get your own havamalt

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Playfullness varies with the individual. Some are couch potatoes. Some stay playful. Our Twinkle, just turned 12, is as playful as any young dog.
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