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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 03-04-2009, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Hi there, just before I make my final decision on purchasing a Havanese Puppy from a breeder in British Columbia, I just wanted to check on this site because I know there are so many wonderful trusted breeders on this site.

Does anyone currently have any puppies available that aren't spoken for? Please Private Message me with Details. I'm interested in knowing size, temperment, color, sex, price, also if they can be sent via plane, and when they are available.

We can't take a new puppy until after April 6th.

We were always planning on getting a second puppy, and now with Lola's leg we want to get one sooner - both for her mental health, and to help her run and play more - she needs to build up some muscle tone in her leg. We need it nice and strong in case we need to the the Femoral Head Ostectomy surgery. The vet thought a sibling would be great for Lola and the mama and the papa (that's me & Mike) think it would be great for her AND great for us. We're in love with our baby.

The reason I'm asking is that we have found a breeder but we are making a decision on sending her a deposit this morning. I think she's a great breeder and the puppy is absolutely beautiful. My only hesitation is that I think she is going to be on the larger size 11-12 lbs and our Lola is only 5.5 (which I know is tiny - not what we originally hoped for but in our eyes is perfect as she is). So, I was hoping to possibly get one that may be closer to the 8 lb range.

Thanks everyone for your help - interested breeders please private message me!

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Sandy- good luck with your puppy search but I will say most of the breeders on this forum have wait lists for their puppies. I would also caution you to take your time especially with Lola's condition. While size is important, I would say personality is way more important. Isabelle my maltese is just under 5lbs and she holds her own with Dora who is 12lbs and Dash who is 10lbs. However, she is very dominant in personality and sets the tone for play. I also would be careful to add a dog that was more rambunctious than her cause in our experience that is what turns into trouble especially if you have a puppy that may be having a major surgery. Are there any breeders in your area with puppies that you could go meet and see how they would interact? That would probably be more ideal than having a puppy shipped to you.

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I personally would not pick a puppy based upon size. Your Lola is definitely very small. The average (to the best of my knowledge) is in the 10-12 lb. range, with our havs being all over the lot weight wise. I would also be careful of getting a very rambunctious one with Lola's condition. Most puppies are playful and would encourage the interaction and play, but you certainly don't want to risk injury to her.

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Thank you for your advise, I do appreciate it. We feel confident in purchasing a puppy and that it would be helpful for Lola. We are doing all we can from keeping her from having the surgery and the vet feels that the best outcome either way (with or without surgery) is to get her leg muscle built up and strengthen it. When we get our puppy she will be very young so will be much smaller than Lola and Lola is really great with letting other dogs know what is okay and what is not okay. She's going to be the boss, I'm quite sure. Getting Lola moving on that leg as soon as possible will help her to rebuild some muscle.
The vet thought it was a good idea for Lola because he's quite hopeful that there is a really good chance the surgery won't be needed - especially with the supplement plan I've developed with pet nutritionist Sabine Contreras.
The vet also said, with or without surgery, a sibling would be good for Lola.

Thanks ladies, I appreciate your comments and welcome more!
Take care,
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Hey Sandy,

Good luck with your new puppy search and I hope it helps Lola strengthen her leg. Since you already know that Lola is an in-charge/assertive girl, getting a happy/go luck, roll with the punches puppy is what you want. I mean an easy going, non-dominant puppy. You definitely want to mention that to you perspective breeder. From what I know, most breeders on this forum will not ship the puppy, but you certainly can come and pick it up.

Good luck with your search,

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We got her, we got our little passive female! She's nice and mellow - her brother was the alpha dog but she and her sister are two of the quiet calm ones! Perfect for Lola!!
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OK??? YAY - YOU GOT HER !! WHERE ARE THE PICTURES?????

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Oh, we need pictures--you know that!

Welcome, new little one! Congrats, Lola and you all!

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Hi there...
here is Lola's new Sister
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Isn't she cute!! She's a perfect little sister for Lola! thank you everyone for your good luck wishes and advise!
Have a wonderful day!

Now the hard part comes, we can't get her until April 6th or 7th after we get home from our cruise - definitely something to look forward to - we'll get home to see our baby Lola and a couple of days later will get to bring home her new little sister!

Lola is going to be sooooo happy, she is so crazy about other animals, it will be so good for her!
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