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Adult dogs from breeders.

My wife saw a cairn terrier at the local animal shelter she wanted to get. Our Tasha is now 13 months old. I suggested we check to see if any Havanese breeders have adult dogs for sale. Not sure we want to go through the house training ritual again. I'm sure our girl would love to have a companion and I'd rather get a dog where we know the owner/breeder. Do breeders often have young adults to sell or is this uncommon?
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It totally depends on the breeder. There have been several puppies that I've kept to show and then as they get old enough for showing age or even thereafter, I realize they are not necessarily what I want in my breeding program.

Breeders are constantly reviewing their future and their goals. Sometimes they realize that even as much as they love a dog, the dog would be better off in a pet home vs. kept in their kennel/home as a larger pack.

If you are really interested, I think it is a good idea to contact some reputable breeders that regularly refer to other breeders. Many of us network with other breeders so we can help those great dogs find fabulous homes. I have a large network of breeders that I do ask regularly if they have older puppies or adults that need re-homing.

Be aware that some breeders do not necessarily lessen the cost for older dogs and may even charge more. It just depends on the breeder and the dog.
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I wondered if a breeder would charge a lower or higher price for a young dog. If they have been house trained and socialized I could understand where a breeder would charge more than for a puppy. With winter coming it's not a great time to be going outside every hour. We got Tasha last November but we sure wished it would have been May instead. Being in Michigan's UP we aren't very close to anyone. Lower Michigan and Chicago are probably where the nearest breeders are and that's a long ride for us but we'd do it. thanks.

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Best wishes! As you start making connections, the perfect match will probably fall into your lap at the right time.
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We got both Dusty and Indie as older puppies. I think it is pretty common. We paid normal puppy price for Dusty. She was seven months and housetrained. Indie was less, but it was an unusual situation for many reasons. Indie was eleven months and housetrained, but she needed a lot more work to be housetrained at our house. We had a hard time getting her adjusted to our routine, but it was still nothing like trying to housetrain a new puppy. Kimberly's suggestions are great.

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Best wishes! As you start making connections, the perfect match will probably fall into your lap at the right time.
Yes! So true!!!

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Henry and I hope everything goes well for your search!
Keep us posted!
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If you go to cornerstone kennels,i notice they have a retired female.Go to the nursery page and she is the last one on the page.
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If you go to cornerstone kennels,i notice they have a retired female.Go to the nursery page and she is the last one on the page.
They are in California and I'm in Michigan. Too long of a drive for me. The closest breeders on this forum are in Chicago, Minnesota and lower Michigan. We went to lower Michigan for our rescue keeshond and there is a hav breeder in the same area but I can't find who it is. Amblerhavanese maybe?
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Virginia, what would make you think of recommending Cornerstone? Just curious.
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