We are in the processing of searching for a Havanese breeder that is within driving distance. We have been speaking with the corresponding breeder: www.dr-jennifers-havanese.com
Has anyone heard of her, had a good experience.
She makes a big deal about raising her puppies in the home. That's good, but something that EVERY reputable Havanese breeder does.
It's what she DOESN'T say that worries me. There is no reference to showing her dogs... in fact, it doesn't even say that they are AKC registered. She doesn't give the registered names of any of her breeder dogs, so you can't even look them up and look into their lineage. Preferable, all or most of the breeders should have shown to their championship. there are good reasons NOT to show a specific dog at times, and still use it in a breeding program, but when there is a complete lack of showing, it makes you wonder about the checks and balances of breeding to the standard.
It's nice and all that she's a vet, but there is NOTHING on her site about the health testing that every reputable breeder should do. The adults should have x-rays of hips, elbows and patellas, hearts and bile acid levels should be checked, ( some people do thyroid panels too) and they should have yearly eye exams (CERF). The results of these tests should be recorded with OFFA and each breeding dog should have a CHIC number that you can look up. Also, all puppies should be BAER tested for unilateral hearing loss before they are sold. A "vet check" or "health check" (especially one done by the owner/breeder!) is NOT adequate!
Maybe she does all these things and just has a poorly designed website... it happens. Not everyone is web-savvy. But there are a LOT of questions to be asked before buying a puppy from this person.
If I were you, and looking for a puppy in NC, I would contact Pam and Tom King, Starborn Havanese. (Tom posts regularly on the forum, and there are a number of Starborn dogs on the forum too) They typically have a waiting list for puppies, but they also know who's who in the area, and if they won't have something available in the time frame you're hoping for, they can at least give you good advice on who to contact.
Oh, and I agree... any breeder who is SUGGESTING getting a puppy for Christmas does not have the best interests of the puppies in mind. Absolutely the WORST time to get a dog!!!