I am currently living in Virginia Beach, VA and having a very hard time finding a Havanese puppy. I found a few Havana Silk breeders & from what I am learning there is a difference? Are there any Havanese Breeders in Virginia Beach?
As of summer before last, Havana Silks could no longer also be registered as Havanese. There are certainly some lines that are almost exactly the same that have dogs that are "Havanese" and dogs that are "Havana Silk". My Kodi happened to be born during the time that puppies were being registered both ways, so he is double registered as a Havanese with AKC and as a Havana Silk with HSDAA.
Havana Silks are very nice dogs, and my preferred "type". But I would not be willing to pay that much for a dog that I couldn't register with AKC. You need to decide whether that is important to you or not. The GOOD thing is that Havana Silk Dog owners are pretty religious about health testing. (that's why they originally broke off from Havanese) There are LOTS
of GOOD Havanese breeders (including those that breed for the same "type" as the HSG breeders) who ALSO do all the proper testing, but, unfortunately, you have to be careful, and weed through a bunch of puppy mill sources and back yard breeders to find them.
There are quite a few good Havanese breeders in your area, so if that's what you want, you can certainly find a puppy, though you will find that many of the best breeders have waiting lists. I'm sure other people will chime in with breeders' names. My dog's breeders, Pam and Tom King (Starborn Havanese) are wonderful, but they do not currently have puppies available, and they have a waiting list. You may want to contact Pam anyway, though. She knows most of the breeders in that area, and may be able to give you some leads.