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Hi! We are looking at getting a Havanese puppy from a breeder in late may/early june. There are 2 good (NOT puppy-mill) breeders in our area, but one won't have a new litter until sept. I'd like a puppy at the beginning of the summer, when we are all home more and can concentrate on bonding/potty-training. I've had e-mail contact with the other breeder, and am impressed with her communication and care. I've also been impressed with a breeder in OK, who has been extremely helpful and informatitive as well. The OK breeder is about a 3 hour drive for us, where as the local one is about 30 min. They both do health screening/testing on their adults, and raise the puppies as part of their families. Both show the adults, and take care in placing their puppies with good homes (not just anyone who has the $$). My question is: The local breeder in TX wants $1800 for her puppies, where the OK breeder wants $1000 for the males and $1200 for the females. Right now, I am really leaning towards driving to OK- that's quite a bit of savings. And, like I said, I've been very impressed with her so far (she also provided references in my area, who gave her great reviews). Do you think the price difference is simply a reflection of the breeder's locations? Everything where I live is inflated price-wise, and I know OK is generally more affordable, does that apply to puppies as well? Any insight would be great, thanks! I'm really looking forward to adding a new little member to our family!