I'm in the process of looking for a reputable Havanese breeder, and I'm seeing consistency on what type of health screenings are done - BAER, patellas, hips, eyes, etc.
I find it interesting how many health screenings breeders do, because my understanding is that Havanese tend to be healthier than other breeds.
When I was looking at golden retriever breeders, I saw that the good breeders did hips, elbows, eyes, and heart screenings, but that made sense, considering the overall health of the breed has been diminishing over recent years due to lousy breeders (and perhaps a smaller gene pool?). I'm seeing more icthyosis screenings, as well.
Has there been a decrease in Havanese health over the past few years, or are these screenings more of a proactive approach?
Havanese IS a healthier breed than many. Good breeders aim to KEEP it that way! Why wait until health issue become a "problem" in a breed before working to breed away from them?
The most common problem in the breed seems to continue to be very crooked, often dwarfed, front legs. This isn't a huge "problem" if all you want is a pet. It is a problem, of course, in a show or breeding animal, or, as in my case, when you are looking for a performance animal. For that reason, I chose to buy from a breeder who not only does all the appropriate testing, but who also provides "soaped" pictures of the parents and the pups. (In Kodi's specific case, we soaped and examined the puppies together, but that's unusual, and should NOT be "expected" of any breeder!
Patellas are probably the next most common problem, as they are in most small dog breeds. The other "problems" are all much less common, but why take a chance on something if you can test for it and breed away from it?