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I just lost a 10 year old to osteosarcoma only 2 months after she was diagnosed and my second dog age 11 has hemangiosarcoma which we have treated with 2 surgeries. She is back on chemo again, hoping to forestall the inevitable from this always fatal cancer.
We would like to get another 2 Havanese females but are hesitant given the heartbreak we have had. We appreciate Havanese are not prone to cancer.

Would testing for genetic diversity help minimize the likelihood that our new family are not bred to closely related parents?

We all know how wonderful Havis are and we would like two more when the time comes. We have had 2 other pairs of dogs - 2 Westies, 1 Lhasa and 1 poodle terrier mix -who all were
healthy and lived long lives -but we would like havis.
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Boy, I certainly feel for you! Two devastating cancers that are not at all common in Havanese, and you got them both. I am so sorry. I think all you can possibly do is talk to potential breeders and ask if they know of any incidents of these cancers in their lines. But I don't think it is likely, because neither one is common.

My preference is always for dogs who are not TOO closely bred. So it always with discussing that with your breeder too. But "testing" for genetic diversity is not an exact science at this point. (partly because there are not enough dogs in the data base for it to be totally accurate) It is a tool to help breeders make good decisions, but should not be the ONLY data point on which decisions are made.

Unfortunately, there are no guarantees with biological entities. I WISH there was a way to ALWAYS guarantee that every puppy would be healthy. Breeders do too, I'm sure. But unfortunately, there isn't. I am REALLY sorry that the dice rolled the wrong way for you, twice in a row. Did both your Havis come from the same breeder? If so, have you discussed this with him or her?


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I did let the breeder know about the one who died; I can’t reach the other breeder - she is no longer at the address and number I have. Estie’s parent are old now and in good health.

Perhaps an environmental toxin caused this to happen but I have no idea which of the many possibilities (lawn fertilizer, ant bait, bug repellent, do on). My husband and I are healthy as are my adult kids but cancer from environmental toxins may take longer to appear in people than in dogs whose life spans are so much shorter. I will probably never know. I try to enjoy every day with my one havi while always aware that we are on borrowed time.

Thank you for responding.
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I'm so sorry for what you are going through. Know that we are all here for you.


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