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Question Misty Hills Havanese; Lisa Shaw breeder, any information?

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I am progressing towards the final stages of placing a deposit on a prospective, 2018 litter for two, puppies with Lisa Shaw from Misty Hills Havanese in New York. If anyone has any information about this breeder, I would deeply appreciate your time and effort to provide any feedback or information.

Lisa seems extremely knowledgeable about the breed, has been patient to answer my questions, reports that her sires and dams are AKC and have health certifications, and has not treated me disrespectfully because I am seeking two chocolates from the same litter.

*I originally posted this in the "introduce yourself' forum as one of the two required posts to gain permission to post in other forums as a new member. I thought that possibly many members might not read the intro forum so I re-posted in this forum under the appropriate subject of "breeders." I will not double-post in the future and just did so for the above-stated reasons. Thank you for reading.
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Hello Everyone,

I am progressing towards the final stages of placing a deposit on a prospective, 2018 litter for two, puppies with Lisa Shaw from Misty Hills Havanese in New York. If anyone has any information about this breeder, I would deeply appreciate your time and effort to provide any feedback or information.

Lisa seems extremely knowledgeable about the breed, has been patient to answer my questions, reports that her sires and dams are AKC and have health certifications, and has not treated me disrespectfully because I am seeking two chocolates from the same litter.

*I originally posted this in the "introduce yourself' forum as one of the two required posts to gain permission to post in other forums as a new member. I thought that possibly many members might not read the intro forum so I re-posted in this forum under the appropriate subject of "breeders." I will not double-post in the future and just did so for the above-stated reasons. Thank you for reading.
I don't know this breeder at all, but I notice that there is no talk about health testing on the website. That doesn't mean that she doesn't do it, but you will need to check that out carefully. Do NOT take a breeder's word for it. Check that the testing has actually been recorded on OFA or get (and check) the parents' CHIC numbers.

The second problem for me would be the contract. I would NEVER work with a breeder who demands a nonrefundable deposit. Good breeders have usually have a waiting list for puppies, and want the freedom to place the right puppy with the right family. They don't need a nonrefundable deposit, because putting the puppy in the RIGHT home (not the first available home) is most important to them.

Second, the "health guaranty" is essentially useless. There are only VERY few heritable problems in Havanese that will kill them outright in the first year. Those would be a SEVERE heart problem or a severe liver shunt. Many liver shunts can be repaired, but she won't pay any medical expenses. She'll only guarantee the puppy if it "expires" during the first year. ...And then she doesn't say she'll refund your money. The contract says nothing, but I'd BET she means that she will replace the puppy with another... If she has one. Otherwise you might be COMPLETELY out of luck.

Better breeders guarantee against all heritable conditions and will refund up to the purchase price of the puppy for medical expenses. Many will do this at any time for heritable conditions, not just for a short window of time (during which time, few of these problems will show up. There is a reason that dogs can't have their patellas checked before a year or final hip and elbow Xray's before 2 years. The reason is that it is VERY common for these problems not to show up before those ages. As a for instance, patellas are not life threatening in most cases, but are definitely debilitating, and are EXPENSIVE to repair. It is more common than not for a dog to need both patellas repaired at some point, if they need one done. Each surgery will be well over $1,000, and require months of confinement, nursing and rehab.

Another problem with this contract is that reputable breeders ALWAYS make provisions for if you can't keep the dog for some reason. Many will want the dog returned, but even if they don't specify that, they should specify that the dog cannot be placed in a shelter or rescue, and that the breeder needs to be involved in making the decision on where the dog is rehomed. Breeders typically recognize that owners may have a wonderful opportunity to place the dog with a friend or relative, but they want to be involved, and able to keep track of the dog's whereabouts. Reputable breeders are responsible for the dogs they produce for the life of that dog.

So I wouldn't purchase a dog from this breeder, just based on the contract. But I would CERTAINLY want to know about the health testing they do as well.
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Krandall,

You are an ANGEL! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to be helpful to research and look into that breeder. I have read your posts at least ten times. Again, you have likely saved me from a difficult situation. I was completely unaware of the elements that a breeder's contract should contain and had not even thought of the contract being indicative of the characteristics of the breeder! Wow! I will be holding off on that situation.

Lisa Shaw of Misty Hills Havanese had some health testing posted on the AKC Marketplace website related to previous litters which are currently all spoken for:

Sire: GCH CH Misty Hills Jersey Boy Toby OFA26G OFEL26 (TS23746705)
Dam: GCH CH Misty Hills Lola Gets What Lola Wants (TS25257905)

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Interesting because so many of the breeders I have been in contact with discuss a non-refundable deposit in their contract so that is extremely helpful to know. I just started contacting breeders from links on the "Havanese Club of America" website and through smaller, local Havanese clubs a few weeks ago.

I have even more research to do than I originally thought! I will be spending the next few weeks looking through all of the past posts of this forum.

Thank you Krandall, THANK YOU!!!
You can certainly post links on the forum. The rule is that breeders cannot post about litters unless all the puppies are spoken for.

The "TS......" numbers are the dogs' AKC registration numbers, not directly related to OFFA? However, using those registration numbers, you can access any information that has been filed with OFFA. Be aware that few breeders file negative reports, so positive reports are good, no reports are suspect.

Boy Toby is reported to have normal elbows and good hips. But there is no record for eyes, hearing, heart or patellas.

There is no health testing recorded for the bitch at all.

Glad to help people make good decisions!!!
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Karen -- I just want to say "thank you" for always taking the time to help everyone out with any questions they may have. I don't usually post a lot of questions on here, but I do appreciate your advice when I need it! 😄👍

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Karen you are a star. Love how you educate, and not just the newbies, I learn something every time you answer a question about health, breeding, purchasing etc. You always have great advice that makes perfect sense.







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