It's definitely not my ideal situation. I heard that it might wind up not be that much difference in price, when you add on the traveling expenses. I just lost my Maltese. I used to always have 2 dogs, so when one died, i still had company. This is the first time I'm alone, like completely. I did not think it would be this difficult to adjust. I still dream that he is alive and if i see something white in the corner of my eye, I expect it to come over to me. It sucks, as I assume most people here know.
It's been a very long time since I've researched and looked for breeders and I'm amazed how much more cynical you have to be. I've already gotten burnt by one breeder in Florida. The reputable breeders have wait lists, which is a good thing. But, I can't keep sending deposits to hold puppies that aren't born yet. I would love to get a dog who is a bit older, like a show prospect that didn't pan out. That would kind of be ideal if the dog would make a good companion.
Plus, because my male dogs got into a turf war and marked more places that I will ever know about, I think it would be best for me to get a female. So, my options drop significantly.
There is not enough Nature's Miracle in the world to undo it all. I want to do a better job as an owner potty training my dog with the Havs. It would be unfair to bring in a male puppy and expect him to resist all the marks that are already there.
I don't care that much about color (except no solid black or white). I'm more concerned with the personality and the build and what health tests are done. I'm trying to be as patient and flexible as possible. I figured I'd explore the international option. I'm in NYC and don't have a car. Where ever the dog is from, I'm going to be traveling to get it. She has some females available. You are 100 % correct to ask why would I do that with so many breeders here. I'm asking myself that. It's far from ideal, but I am exploring all options. Do you know if your breeder would have anything? Thanks.
My heart breaks for the loss of your Maltese. These furry little creatures sure do steal our hearts, huh?
I would recommend you get in contact with the Greater New York Havanese Club
. Make it known that you are in search of a dog and would be open to taking in an ex-show prospect. Attend events and meetings, if you can, so the breeders in the club become familiar and comfortable with you. Go to local shows and introduce yourself to those showing Havs (after they show only...even the nicest people can get snippy before ring time). Breeder-Owner-Handlers are typically the most willing to talk Hav. Many breeders no longer require a deposit, and most I know that do ask for a deposit request it once the litter is conceived or born.
The good news for you is that breeders tend to keep females over males, so the majority of show prospects that don't work out and need rehoming will be female (not all, but a good amount). While females do mark occasionally, it is less likely.
Unfortunately, Nino's breeder won't be having any litters for about a year. She runs a small operation, typically only putting out 1 or 2 litters a year (at the moment, she only has 1 breeding female, so that number is lowered, but she does have another female who recently finished her championship, so I wouldn't be surprised if she had a couple litters in 2018). If you do have any questions regarding breeders in certain parts of the country, feel free to PM them. I am more than willing to help out and give any info I have