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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 10-08-2008, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hi All,

I'm very new to this forum but happy that I've found it because there seems to be a lot of people here with a ton of knowledge about the Havanese.

I love the Havanese breed and have been wanting to get one for awhile but unfortunately I can't afford $1200 to $2500 to buy one. I found an ad on a website from a breeder that lives close to me (another important factor, as I'm a bit apprehensive about shipping a puppy) and they are offering to sell a puppy for around $500 (which is within my price range).

I know it must sound horrible of me that I'm looking around to buy a Havanese at the cheapest price I can, but it truly comes down to the affordability factor at this time. We will love the puppy no less and are planning for him to be a close member of our family, and he will be spoiled to pieces, but I do have to be a bit practical right now in trying to purchase one.

I need your advice...

Provided that we're able to go and meet the puppy and we find that his personality fits with ours and appears to be in good health...

1. What questions should I ask the breeder?

2. Should I be really concerned that the breeder would be willing to let one
of these little cuties go for such a low price (is this too good to be true)?

3. Are there other (more reputable) avenues I could explore to find a puppy
within my price range?

4. Has anyone else on the board gone this route and how did it turn out?

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Hello and welcome to the forum!

Not aure about a hav at a discounted price.. sometimes those good deals do not work out...

Could you post the link to the add or breeder website?


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With all the horror stories about puppy mills I'd do some research on the breeder to be sure about where they came from. Check to be sure they did all of the health testing on the parents too. Lots of breeders on here can give you great advice!

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Is this Hav advertised at $500 or being offered to YOU (after screening & conversations). If it is the first, the breeder probably doesn't show their dogs* or do health testing.

Remember that a cheaper dog in the beginning can end up being pricier in the end. However, a full-priced Havanese doesn't mean that a breeeder shows or health tests either. It pays (pun not intended) to research breeders carefully.

*The purpose of showing is to ensure the breed conforms to our written standard. If a breeder doesn't care about that, they probably don't care about temperament or any of the other Havanese traits either & you may have better luck getting one from a shelter or rescue.
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To me, $500 sounds really low. When I got Cuba, I paid less than market rates (about $900), however, I visited a couple breeders in North Georgia, I went to their homes and saw the conditions the puppies were raised in. One of the breeders was honest and said that they had dropped their prices because of the bad economy (this was in July). It was surprising because this breeder traveled up and down the east coast hand delivering puppies and they were still having difficulties.

Cuba is my first pet ever and I probably didn't ask the right questions but so far everything has been great. He has a great personality and everyone remarks at how friendly and outgoing he is. He is also incredibly smart and has a mind of his own.

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i think $500.00 is reallly low. i would worry about health testing.
i paid $1,500 for charley and $2,500 for belle.
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I ditto Kimberly. $500 seems very low and I would question their breeding standard.

So I would ask:
1 Do you show your parents?
2. What health testing do you do? Be specific.
3. Tell me about the parents, how many litters momma has had, and how many pups in this litter.
4. What is your goal in breeding your dogs?
5. What do you do to better the breed?
6. Tell me about the breed standard and how this parent or pup compares.
7. Tell me a bit about this pups personality and how you came to that conclusion.
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First welcome to the forum! The breed is very addicting!

I am also thinking puppy mill as $500 is very low and the sad thing is they are sold on AKC full registration!I can say this as I have 2 havanese- one from an amazing breeder and one from a breeder who seemed like a nice person but the breed wasn't her priority. I didn't buy the one from the lesser breeder for a way cheaper price, I just didn't do enough homework. I My two havanese are both very loved but very different in nature and Dora wasn't very well socialized. She has turned out to be a good dog but I have put countless hours into her training and way more than the money I spent to purchase her. My opinion is save up your money and get a puppy from a great breeder. While this seems hard, the initial cost of the puppy is nothing compared to the vet and etc. costs and that can especially apply to a backyard breeder and puppy mill.


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Well, I clicked the site...and the first thing I thought was ODORLESS?????????? I don't know about the rest of you hav owners but my Zoe does stink from time to time....no maybe not as bad as other dogs but she does still smell like a dog from time to time and I bathe her every two weeks to help with the smell. I would really have to visit before I ever gave anyone a dime....and I sure would not give out my credit card information....YIKES! I love my ZOE and yes hated paying that price but I have paid more for a dog....and not only that but have paid less for a dog but over years time have her at the beauty parlor all the time came a great price also. I don't have the best of advice but I would be VERY VERY careful and make sure the hav is in great health and that I was not being scammed.
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