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post #21 of 51 (permalink) Old 02-22-2017, 07:08 AM
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Hi 'Teddy Bear'

I just joined the forum - new Havanese owner in Kampala (but adopted from the US, picked him up when I was home in December). Nice to see someone else from the continent here!

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Why did I choose a Havanese?

Having been dogless for a few years and (finally) convincing my husband to get a puppy, I started researching what would fit our needs:
- non-shedding (anyone who's ever had or been around a Dalmatian can understand this one as they shed constantly!)
- small enough to fly in cabin with us (the stress of traveling with a larger dog - is it too hot, too cold, and hoping they're fine in cargo - mine always was, but it was stressful) but not too small (was looking ideally in the 13-14 pound range)
- not a typical yippy small dog
- rescue (if at all possible)

Once we did the research, there were several that would have fit many of the requirements (Scotty, any mini/toy poodle mix, Schnauzer, Cavashon,) but for some the size was on the bigger side and we didn't want to chance that but the Havanese seemed to fit what we wanted. Finding a purebred through a rescue is always difficult (and for size reasons I was hoping for one, or at least one where the mix was known), as well as finding a rescue that would be willing to adopt to us (travel a lot, live out of the country so couldn't do a home check, our vets were in Ethiopia with only health certificate visits to our US vet) and the low end of the size was a concern (I really didn't want a 7-8 pounder).

Several rescues said no very quickly. A few were open but the timing didn't work (had to be available when we were going to be in the US), but late last year we widened our search to places we might need to travel some time to and found a rescue outside of Pittsburgh that just got about 10 Havs from a breeder going out of business, so it all worked out.

No regrets - Perry is an amazing puppy (now if we could just get him past his fear issues!)
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Mojo chose us. I was set on a Cairn terrier but when we were told about this little girl being available, we went to see her.

The Cairn I was falling in love with was very hyper and nippy, which scared my grandson. Then we heard about a Havanese that a women in the next town over had bought and, two weeks in, knew she did not have the patience or time to train. She had not even named her.

The family went to meet the pup together, and she snuggled into my grandson's lap and licked his hand. I then did all the reading on the breed, and called the woman to say we wanted her. We brought her home that day, and she is perfect for our family. Not yappy, unless she feels threatened (stranger enters the house), playful, easy to train, and a little sweetie with our grandson ( they are never left alone together, always supervised). Nothing but joy.
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As mean as this may sound, if you want to avoid a higher risk of health issues, and vet bills, or worse, losing the love of your life far too early, then go to a responsible breeder with a long track record and get a pup that has been health tested. Havanese rescues could be products of puppy mills, with all kinds of emotional and physical issues that may not show until you are already smitten by those woeful eyes or a few years have passed. I say this because most responsible breeders will have you sign a contract that if your dog doesn't work out for you, you must bring it back to the breeder. They CARE who gets their dogs and that they go to good homes. A well-bred Havanese rarely winds up in a "rescue". There is usually a waiting list for a good Hav.

Reasons for a Havanese:
Happy, loving, clownish, wonderful personalities, SMART, loves to please, LISTENS intently to every word you say and learns quickly, loves to be by your side always.
Mine does not shed, (except the puppy coat at about a year old).
Small in size (9-11 lbs), never barks unless someone is at the door

I wouldn't recommend a Havanese (for the dog's sake) if you are not with the pup most of the day. I've had lots of other breeds that didn't mind being alone, but Havanese LOVE being with people. Try to match a dog breed with your lifestyle and home accommodations.
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I agree that the ideal home for a Havanese would be one where s/he can be with his/her person/people most of the day. We needed to get a Havanese, however, because my DH had an allergic reaction to every other kind of dog he met! We think Shama is well adjusted despite our long absences during the school year. She is visited once a day by a dog walker, and we dote on her evenings, weekends, during breaks from school, and all summer long. I regularly take her to obedience and agility classes, and DH is her favorite playmate. We love this breed for everything everyone else already said, but I must say that Shama does bark a lot. I blame it on the yappy dogs in the neighborhood. One of these days, I'm going to work on stopping at least some of the barking . . .




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Really good tips! Tux barks at the door just because it's fun, and as a young pup, he witnessed us running to the door as if the house were on fire in order to not inconvenience the person waiting at the door. Tux interpreted that as, "Door Knock" time to get really excited, run and bark all at the same time.....OH BOY, What fun!!!!!

This is going to take some work. LOL

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I decided on a havanese because I wanted a smaller non-yappy dog that was smart and friendly
I absolutely love sprocket he is the perfect choice
When he plays he is a little barky but not an annoying yappy bark lol it's cute
He makes me laugh all the time has such a fun personality
He learns so fast definitely the smartest dog I've ever had and listens so well always wanting to please me
For me the only downside to a havanese is all the grooming but I've been keeping his hair short which helps immensely it's not too bad now but I do love the long coat on havanese just a little too much grooming to keep it for me lol





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We chose a Havanese because we needed a hypoallergenic dog for my daughter with health issues. After researching Havs seemed to be a good choice because of their good personalities and reputation for not being too yappy. Our little guy has been a great fit. He’s still a puppy but seems really smart.
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We chose a Havanese because we needed a hypoallergenic dog for my daughter with health issues. After researching Havs seemed to be a good choice because of their good personalities and reputation for not being too yappy. Our little guy has been a great fit. Heís still a puppy but seems really smart.
I would also like to contribute to reviving this thread because i agree that Havs are a great breed for special health needs. I donít have the time, experience, or budget to make it happen, but if I could I would love for our 2nd Havanese to become a medical alert dog. Maybe itíll be #3 to send with DS when he goes off to college!

DS is medically fragile and has poor dexterity so I was worried s smaller dog would be too delicate, but DS also canít keep up with a big dog. Around 4-6 months it was a little rough since the puppy had grown a lot and was still in that early, super high energy phase. 12yr old DS couldnít manage him on walks or take him potty without help and really wanted to do these things independently. Now at 1yr and 13lbs heís still a playful young dog but heís also settling down and has made a lot of progress with training. DS can take him for short walks, but I do secretly tire the puppy a little first so he doesnít pull DS along (he doesnít really pull with anyone else anymore Heís adaptable when DS is sick and can spend days laying next to him on the sofa. He prefers exercise every day, but he can go every other day when DS is sick as long as we give him quality attention. No issues whatsoever with asthma/breathing related issues, even while puppy was blowing coat.
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I love little, happy dogs. I've had a black toy poodle and a white bichon. I wanted a coat color that was a little different. Sheba has three colors, black, tan, and white.
Sheba is SO cute! And yes, the happiness factor is over the top with these havís. Smiles & laughs are unavoidable, & who doesnít need more of that!
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