I've been reading through posts for about one month now but this is my first time posting. We live in NJ and are looking for our first havanese. Does anyone have recommendations for breeders in the area that will have pups within the next month or so?
I've got a few names
Harlequin Havanese and Ross' grand havanese....
I'm learning a lot as I read but would love some more advice.
just from reading each website I feel I'm getting more educated. I just learned that there is a more American (larger) havanese and a European type (smaller). This is a big decision for us. I am learning to request CERF and OFA but the harlequin website makes some good arguments for good breeders not always having this done.
Personally, I wouldn't choose either of these breeders. None of the Ross' Havanese breeding stock have their championships, and I believe it is important that breeders contine to challenge themselves to breed to the standard. They don't say anything about health testing, so that's a question you'd have to ask too.
As far as the Harlequin site is concerned, I would not consider any breeder who doesn't TEST (NOT "vet check"!!!) their breeding stock. This breeder has lots of justification and rationalization for their decision not to health thest their stock, but, IMO, it's all excuses. If you care about producing quality puppies, you health test. Period.
As far as "european" or "american" type is concerned, there are so many European lines in the U.S. and so many American lines in Europe that that's not a realistic distinction. American Havanese are NOT supposed to be 20 lb dogs, and few breeeders who ARE BREEDING TO THE STANDARD are producing dogs of this size. Do some Havanese go over the standard? Yes. But there are also Havanese below the size standard. In both cases, these might be lovely pets, but they shouldn't be used as breeding stock.
There are NO guarantees in terms of size. Kodi is at the very top of the standard, and both his parents are right within the "preferred" size range. (and, his grandsire on one side and his great grand sire on the other side is a European dog, BTW) Likewise, a pair that are in the middle of the size range can have ap puppy that is exceptionally small. It happens. But you should avoid people who ar purposely breeding undersized Havanese. These very small dogs often have liver shunts and other health problems.