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To add to what Tammy has said, (good advice all) remember that early handling and socialization are vitally important, both before AND after you get your puppy. A puppy raised in an enriched environment, with lots of surfaces to climb on, toys to play with and interaction with all sorts of people will have a head start that is invaluable as you continue socializing him or her. It's not that you CAN'T socialize a puppy feom a less ideal setting, but you start from a deficit position, and why do that, when there are great breeders out there who start their puppies right?
Second, like most (if not all) toy breeds, Havanese can take time and effort to potty train. A good breeder will keep the puppy area spotlessly clean, including changing bedding almost fanatically, and not leaving ANY pee or poop to be walked through by another puppy. They will start the puppies early on some sort of potty system, either Ugodog, litter box, pee pads, etc., and work diligently to make sure the puppies understand that system by the time they go to their permanent homes. You will still need to reinforce these skills in your own home environment, but you will have a MUCH easier time than with a puppy who has been allowed to think it's just fine to pee and poop where ever they are for the first 8-12 weeks of life.
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