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There are a lot of questions you'll need to ask, as they are not answered on the web site. It's not so much "genetic testing" you need. Genetic testing is usually done to prove parentage, or some breeders use it to weed out the short haired gene in their lines. It can also be used if breeders are purposely breeding away from the curly gene, or specifically want to breed chocolates or reds. It's really not health-related. The testing you want on the parents, (bare minimum) is hips, patellas, heart, eyes (CERF) and ears (BAER). Even better if they've been tested for elbows, and thyroid, though not all breeders do these tests. These are the tests on the PARENTS. Puppies should have BAER testing for unilateral deafness, and their hearts should have been checked before they go home. Besides that, they are too young or other testing. Personally, I also want soaped photos of the puppy so that I can see that they have straight legs and reasonable conformation. A pet puppy may have some conformation issues that could keep them out of the show ring, but they should still have SOUND conformation, with reasonably straight legs.
Another BIG question for this breeder is how she starts them on potty training. Havanese puppies that have a good start on SOME sort of potty training before the come home are a breeze to potty train. If this hasn't been WELL started, they can take a LONG time to train. Not impossible, but a lot harder.
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