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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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