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We paid $1500-1600 for our previous Havi's and paid the same for our Jade. The prices here are $1500-2000 for good quality pups. If a Havanese is the dog for you, it doesn't matter the price. We love this breed! Jade is our 4th Havanese, and we are getting another tomorrow....like chips, it is hard to stop!😀😍
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I think most of the pricing is reflective of competition. It's just crazy that there are people selling half-breeds for $4K a puppy with slick websites and emails announcing new litters every couple of months, it's a big money making business. Most reputable Havanese breeders are not in it for for the money, but are in it for the love of the breed. It's a costly undertaking to do it correctly, in more ways than just monetary. Spending the extra money on a puppy from a reputable breeder will in all probability save you that money and heartache in the future.
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Let's say you pay $2000 for a well-bred puppy who provides you with love and companionship for 15 years. That price would mean you were paying about .37 per day for all that cuteness and love! Very affordable!
Reality is that, as with a human child, the cost of prenatal and birth is only the beginning. I have 2 Havs and I know that I have spent their price again on equipment, toys, cloths, bows, etc. to accommodate their needs! Then on top of that there is the cost of food, grooming and medical care! If you are balking at the initial puppy price then be sure you really want one of these adorable REALLY expensive little buggers to come live with you!


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Thanks, all. Really appreciate these thoughtful replies; I've learned a great deal. (And no, price is not the first question I ask a breeder, nor even the 15th!). The regional disparity is interesting, though the range I've already encountered--$1800 - $2500--is from reputable breeders in the same small Northeastern state.

Our Little Guy, a Hav from the mighty state of Delaware, is the joy of our lives, so I know well that a great dog is priceless. But in searching for a sibling I'm trying to figure out what criteria I should use to trust the breeder I'll ultimately work with. The posted articles as well as the responses have been quite helpful.
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Thank you for article on Breeder Cost

Read this article carefully. Thank you so much for posting. Eye-opening. Also a little startling to me because this breeder--too bad, Arizona is too far for me--is so thoughtful, informative, precise and careful. None of the Northeast breeders I've yet spoken with seem to have this level of care. I can understand this breeder's costs now but I'm wondering about the ones I've interviewed, not so much for price but more for whether they are as involved, attentive as this AZ breeder is. Hmmm. Thank YOU!!
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$2000-2500 is standard around here. Factor whatever the price over the hopefully very long life, and it won't really matter. I really wanted a breeder that did health testing on the parents.
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OK, good to know...thanks!
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Spending the extra money on a puppy from a reputable breeder will in all probability save you that money and heartache in the future.
That's right, purchase a dog with significant health issues and you can spend a few thousand dollars just by walking in the Vet's door.

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Reality is that, as with a human child, the cost of prenatal and birth is only the beginning. I have 2 Havs and I know that I have spent their price again on equipment, toys, cloths, bows, etc. to accommodate their needs! Then on top of that there is the cost of food, grooming and medical care!
I'm embarrassed to admit what we spend on Ricky each year. We don't even keep track. Certainly more than what we paid for him, EACH YEAR! For example, we spend over $1100 per year on his grooming alone. I know we could do the grooming ourselves and save a bundle but that is not our choice. While in Hawai'i last year, we paid more for an ALOHA shirt for Ricky than one for myself (pictures coming). Ricky is probably the most spoiled dog on the face of the earth and he is worth it.

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Even dogs from the best breeders can have illnesses show up, but your chances of getting a healthy dog are much better if the breeders care about the breed and do all the pre-testing to rule out health issues ahead of time.

Something I didn't know at the time I got my precious dog, is that there are breeders that go way above that health testing and also provide excellent socialization and house training of puppies from the time they are born or a few days old. That is what I would add to my list of breeder preferences.

Also, how accessible are the breeders once money has changed hands? The breeder I went to had little/no contact with me after money changed hands. No back-up, no answers to questions. That alone can save a lot of worry and money in vet bills.

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Read this article carefully. Thank you so much for posting. Eye-opening. Also a little startling to me because this breeder--too bad, Arizona is too far for me--is so thoughtful, informative, precise and careful.
I think you mean Nevada, not Arizona? The article was written by Heather (Cache Havanese, Reno area) who used to be a regular here on HF. Heather and I talked several times via telephone before I eventually acquired Ricky from someone else. Heather had nothing available for me at that time. Heather's dogs are expensive because she imports breeding stock from Europe from time to time to keep her bloodlines pure.

Call Heather, she knows people everywhere, all over the US. She is so dedicated to the Havanese breed (as well as Australian Shepherd breed) that she will spend whatever time to help you find the right dog in your area.

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