YIKES. Certainly price is a factor in our hunt,
I'm going to disagree with this statement. Finding the right dog for your situation is the only
factor that should be important. The right dog is priceless!
but with this range, it's hard to know value for money...I want to pay what's fair for an excellent situation but it's hard to tell the difference btw a breeder who charges $1800 and one who asks for $2500. I just don't like feeling as if I've overpaid and been taken advantage of, simply because I'm so eager.
Start looking at it from this perspective - value for money is getting the right dog for your situation. $2500 is not too much for the right dog, in fact, $2500 is probably a bargain!
When I mentioned the upper end of these prices to a work colleague who is a dog expert and is himself now beginning the hunt for a Hav pup, he shuddered and said he couldn't imagine paying over $1000 for a puppy.
If that is your friends price limit, he might want to consider Havanese Rescue. It probably won't be a puppy and the dog may have significant issues to address, but good Havanese are available as rescues.
Wow. Love is expensive.
I'm not going to say what we paid for Ricky Ricardo because it is irrelevant. We visited the breeder and we and Ricky bonded immediately. We had no idea what his price was. As we were gathering his things to take him home, I asked how much the check should be. I wrote the check on the spot and never gave it a second thought. I would not sell him today for $10K, $100K, or a million dollars. He will NEVER be for sale. Love is priceless! Just be prepared to pay as much as $2500. If your budget is less, there is no shame in that. Let us know what your budget is and the members here may be able to suggest some alternatives for you, perhaps an adult that needs to be re-homed. Ricky Ricardo was 9 months old when we acquired him and it worked out great after some reality checks in the first 3 or 4 months.
Once you find the right Havanese, you will understand.