I have lots of mixed feelings on this topic but I'll only address one, okay, maybe two
thoughts right now. I agree that the very personable breeder that makes the effort to keep in contact with all of their puppies new families is at least, desirable, but I don't think that just because someone is more quiet or finds it easier to find a good home for the puppy, then let them go unless they need their help, it doesn't necessarily make them a bad breeder. It might just be a personality thing and not related at all to how much they love their puppies and what kind of care they take in their breeding practices. I would hate to see someone branded a bad breeder simply based on a difference in personalities.
I also think it's a very good idea to have a thread on breeders. When I first started looking into the breed I spent lots and lots of time online, researching the breed and trying to research breeders. I live in Nebraska and while there are a couple Havanese breeders, there is only one that I know of that is actively showing. You just don't have the option of joining local clubs, etc, to meet breeders or owners and get more information. I'm glad I took my time and went with the breeder that I did, but looking back, I could have just as easily ended up with a puppy from a less than reputable breeder. At that time, the breeders off of the referral list were all requiring you to pick up the puppy in person. I don't know if this is a policy, or if it was just a coincidence, but it just wasn't feasable at that time. I tried to do things right, but there were lots of ways that I got lucky, and after having horses, I should have known better.
There is so much important information that we need to get out, to help people make good decisions. The easier we can make it for people to get good information, the better it is for Havanese and for good breeders in general. We can't expect everyone to spend months investigating all that is Havanese. We can't expect everyone to drive 500 miles to pick up a puppy. We can't expect people to keep writing and calling the "good" breeders on the list when they're met with hostility, indifference or smugness. And as much as we don't want to admit this is a problem amongst our breeders, it is. The bottom line is that in many situations, it can become so much simpler to pick up that puppy at the pet shop, or the one for sale in the classified ads.
Wow, I'm all over the place on this one! I can sympathize with the people just getting into the breed and I understand how frustrating it can be to try and do the right thing but keep running into road blocks.
We've got great faith in you Melissa and we know you can do it, and do it right! Thanks for your dedication!