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Any input or experience on owning breeds of different sizes?

My 60 lb (male) Terv and my GF's (female)Havanese get along great...

He has known her since she was a pup- and was quite gentle with her...even tho she really wanted to play and would attack him - we have great pics (which I cannot find right now) of him and her playing- this little 6lb pup totally jawing right in his big fangs and him flashing his teeth right back but all in good fun...she used to chase him when he would go for the ball and literally just grab onto his haunches with her mouth and go for a ride...

Since she has gotten older she has backed off a bit...she is wary of getting in his way- getting stepped on etc...she still follows him wherever he goes and always defers to him...sometime she will snap at him when he gets too pushy and he just looks at her like "WTF did I do? "

But in general they are great together and a a lot of comments on the street at the disparity in sizes...its funny- two totally diff dog peoples- those who are drawn the her- the cute, little fluffy one...and those who are drawn to the him...the "big" dog.

Of course, it all depends on the dog and the situation...but if you get a puppy I can't imagine it being a problem if your current dog is well socialized.

(disclaimer- the pic of them on the bed together was staged...they hang out together but are not snuggle buddies)




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post #2807 of 3793
Thread Starter 

schrag, Victor looks like he's plotting your demise. I wouldn't turn my back on him.

 

It's usually not a problem. The smaller dog will smack the puppy a few times and that will leave a lasting impression.

 

Thor, cool pics. 

 

lefty

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^thought you might like the pic of a classic Montana trout stream in the background...

I know...different thread smile.gif
post #2809 of 3793
Thread Starter 

I thought of that.

 

Actually it's nice to see the Havanese getting down and dirty.

 

lefty 

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Thanks for the advice, lefty & thor. I remember my previous dog bullying a german shepherd pup, but then being scared when the pup had grown several sizes bigger by the time they met again.

Victor definitely has some alpha drive, but at the time that photo was taken he was likely wishing I would go away so he could nap.

Below is a (pretty funny) video of him trying on snow boots for the first time a couple years ago. Apartment was a mess but ah well.
* note: boots were a failure and never stay on. He prefers to bound along the sidewalk in powder snow than risk the colder wet slush from salt spread.
post #2811 of 3793
Lefty said: "it's nice to see the Havanese getting down and dirty."



She does...and I get in trouble for it...

She goes where ever we go...she is game for anything...6 mile hikes etc...

But...its def not a working coat...so soft and absorbent to matter - hence the "puppy cut".

I take my guy rain/or shine...we get our ankles wet and she comes back filthy...

his coat looks like it would be hellish in the field but its not as bad as it looks...the guard hairs live up to their name and most stuff just sloughs off- even the fist pic- if you look closely he is covered in burrs...but 2-3 minutes with a brush and he is as good as new...

Foxtails are a different story...
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Snow boots make me sad.

 

If you have a salt/melting compound issue (some of the new compounds will burn the hell out of a dog's pads) try a product called Invisible Snow Boot. I used in Canada and it worked well.

 

lefty

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Snow boots make me sad.

If you have a salt/melting compound issue (some of the new compounds will burn the hell out of a dog's pads) try a product called Invisible Snow Boot. I used in Canada and it worked well.

lefty

Yeah, the boots were a wife/mom 'gift' to him, not my idea. He's actually pretty scrappy, we've taken him on long hikes, through creek beds, mud, etc. He loves running up and down singletrack in the woods chasing pinecones... (or just digging a patch in dirt to cool his belly). But after-work walks in the dark, cold winter can be a challenge during some periods. -20 celcius + wind chill - we stick a coat on him then...

Invisible boot stuff looks promising, thanks for the tip! I'll check it out and maybe get a tin for the upcoming snowpocalypse. Edmonton winters are cold, long, and dry.
post #2814 of 3793
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I thought of that.

Actually it's nice to see the Havanese getting down and dirty.

lefty 

Speaking of dirty Havanese


post #2815 of 3793
Thread Starter 

There are a few different products, but In Edmonton you should be able to find a musher supply company that will have something.

 

Now we're talking, Find Finn. Nice.

 

But that there is the reason I will never own a coated breed.

 

lefty

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I wish I had a photo of the time Victor sunk up to his chest in iron-orange mud... rotflmao.gif
post #2817 of 3793
It's actually not that bad, he gets a shower when we get home and I dry him with a hairdryer, it takes less than 30min.
post #2818 of 3793
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Originally Posted by schrag View Post

Invisible boot stuff looks promising, thanks for the tip! I'll check it out and maybe get a tin for the upcoming snowpocalypse. Edmonton winters are cold, long, and dry.

I uses to live in Edmonton and never really had any issues with Jake's paws. That being said, G&E pharmacy is probably your best bet for finding the stuff lefty is talking about. It's just off whyte avenue and 75th street. It's basically a farm supply store but they carry a lot of dog related products
post #2819 of 3793
Thread Starter 

I found that the blue compound people used would burn a dog's pads in minutes. That was in 2000 or so. Maybe formulas have changed.

 

lefty

post #2820 of 3793
We've moved from downtown with many rental/city sidewalks to a residential neighborhood - perhaps my new neighbors shovel in a timely manner and negate the need for salt to melt hard packed snow. We'll find out!
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