Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: POWELL, TN
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1. Not all reputable breeders belong to HCA for a number of reasons, but I'd start there and, as one replied, not all HCA members are "perfect". For a good reason, I got my first Havanese over 8 years ago, but have only been an HCA member a little over a year.
2. minimum: BAER, CERF, patellas, hips and elbows.
3. Not unreasonable, however, I have a prospective new owner coming to meet the mother to be (and relatives) less than a week before whelping. I'm undecided if I want "foot germs" from who knows where in my house right before whelping ( what if they carry a "bad bug" that hits my dogs) or should we meet in the yard and I bring the dogs out to meet them. I don't take deposits before the pup is old enough to decide if that family is right for them.
I agree 12 weeks is ideal, but never before 10