Lehigh Acres, FL
(239 ) 770-8746
Canyon Hills Havanese
Kathy & Tom Mayhall
Osprey, Florida 34229
Rose Perez, Vice President
Hollywood, FL 33021
Duane & Sharon Schlosser
Cleveland, OH 44135
E-mail Cubanos Bonitos
Beavercreek , OH 45431
Candy Gaudry, President
Lorain, OH 44053
Cotopaxi CO 81223
Yuppy Puppy Havanese
Janet Birdsall, Secretary
Ocala, FL 34470
Visiting Your Breeder
A dog is a big commitment, a puppy an even bigger one. How will you know if you are getting the very best puppy? Get to know your breeder! A web page or club association does not ensure a good breeder - but it's a start. Your breeder should be available - specially that first year! Not necessarily by phone because many are very busy but an e-mail should be answered within 24-48 hours.
Here is a list of questions you may wish to consider:
- Do they have a waiting list?
- Is your deposit refundable?
- Can they give you references?
- How familiar are they with their breed?
There is a lot to know in a breed and spreading yourself amongst more than one is tough, that could be a red flag.
- Do their dogs live in their home or in a kennel?
- Can you visit?
Keep in mind many breeders with puppies on the ground will NOT allow home visits. The protection of their puppies comes first, it needs to be that way.
- Are the adults' eyes CERF tested annually?
- What other health testing do they do?
- Will they give you a vet reference?
- Are they aware of the health of the puppy's ancestors?
With any breed or pedigree there are occasional problems just as there are in humans. Even if there has been a problem in the background of your puppy, your puppy could be just fine but you should be aware of any history.
- Can you see a contract before committing to a puppy? Are the guarantees meaningful? Is it protecting the breeder or the puppy? A contract may say that a replacement puppy will be given in the event of a health problem. Is this a replacement or is it in addition to your present puppy? Are you really willing to give up your puppy if a genetic or health problem should occur? Are they asking you to waive a Lemon Law from your state that protect you? Why!?
- Does the breeder have a non-breeding clause in the contract? Not having this clause may indicate that the breeder does not care what happens to the puppies after they leave their care.
- Can you meet the parents of the puppies? Is the puppy's mother appropriately concerned for her puppies? If the puppies are under 6 weeks of age the breeder may ask you to wait until they are a bit older before you can see them; so instead ask if you can meet some of the other dogs. Did you know in Florida a puppy cannot be sold until it is 8 weeks old? Many Havanese breeders keep their puppies until 9 -12 weeks.
- Has the breeder asked you questions to ensure that you can properly care for that puppy?
- Does the puppy come with AKC papers? If the puppy is not properly registered then there is no guarantee that the puppy is actually a purebred no matter what it looks like. Are you getting a full or limited registration? (Pets are sold with limited)
- Are the puppies living in a home where they are handled and loved by people? For proper socialization it should be obvious that the puppies are used to being handled by the breeder. The whelping box should be set up so that the puppies can follow their natural instincts. Did you know puppies start housebreaking at 3 weeks?
- Is the kennel area clean? Trust your nose although you maybe able to smell that you are in a place with dogs it should not stink or smell of urine or feces.
- Ask yourself if you trust this breeder and if he/she is someone you can work with? For the first little while you will want to feel free to call them. Specially if you have never owned a dog before. It is not uncommon to stay in touch with breeders maybe even for the life of the dog.
- Can they provide references? You will also want to check these as you can learn a lot from people that have visited the home and met the breeder in the past - specially if you are having a puppy shipped or delivered.
- When do they separate the mother from the babies? Puppies born in commercial breeding facilities are generally separated from their mother and siblings weeks before they are ready. Studies have shown that pups are taught important lessons in socialization, pack order, and discipline in the first eight weeks of their lives. Puppies removed from their mothers' gentle discipline and their siblings' play before the age of eight weeks may never learn important lessons about getting along with other animals — including non-dominant members of their new human families. Studies show that mothers will continue to teach their offspring - even bite inhibition is not learned until week 10.
- Do they say the puppies are ready for Christmas?Holidays usually mean lots of confusion and just going to a new home is plenty of stress. Good breeders know that Christmas is the worst time to take a puppy home if you have children, and most won't even sell you a puppy as a Christmas gift. Some may allow you to take a puppy home at that time if you can convince them that you'll keep things calm, but a breeder using Christmas as a marketing tool does not have the best interests of the puppies at heart. Even many shelters won't allow adoptions during Christmas week.
These are just some of the questions or things you will want to consider when speaking or visiting your breeder. Come up with your own list of what is important to you. Do yourself a favor and the future puppies that come from mills and stay away from pet shop puppies or puppies from brokers. Good breeders DO NOT broker their puppies. Good breeders DO NOT consign their puppies to a pet shop.
Find a good breeder that breeds for the love of the Havanese. There is nothing like them and they should feel that way, as well.
Your good breeder should be able to give you an idea of:
What your puppies color will be as adult (yes, Havanese coat colors change - some say up to 5 times in one lifetime).
Of the adult size of your Havanese, as this is a breed that ranges from 7-15 lbs and we see the occasional up to 20 lbs Havanese as well. (Toy breed is under 25 lbs if you are wondering).
Their temperament as the breeder spends every day with the liter and becomes familiar with them. Although most puppies are playful there are some that are more laid back then others.
Identifying a Quality Breeder - A Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project
Breeder - Red Flags
Well, if you've made it this far you must be serious about your addition. So, Congratulations to you! Be sure to visit our links page. As you will need to get busy shopping for all those things your Havanese will need.
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