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Question Breeders around Northern Virginia

Hello,

I am new to the forum.

Our family has been contemplating getting a Havanese (maybe two) since July. We would prefer to adopt a young dog--we are working with HALO and understand that there are no guarantees. Thus, we are looking for a nearby breeder as well. I am having a hard time finding breeder that are around us (I'd prefer a 5 hours radium from Fairfax). I do not want to buy a dog via the internet. Our family wants to visit with the dogs and make sure that he/she is the right fit. Also, I am looking for a "white" dog (definitely not all black). When our daughter was one year old our adopted black lab/border collier mix (who had been severely abused before we got him) bit her on the face. So, she does not like big dogs and especially not black dogs.

Here are some of the places that I found. I have called a couple and got a better gut feeling from some while I am uneasy feeling about the others.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

http://belovedhavanese.net/home.html

http://www.harlequinhavanese.com/

http://www.kasehavanese.com/Index.html

http://www.hickoryhillfarmhavanese.com/index.htm

http://havanese.tripod.com (I think that they are quite reputable)

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Debra Owens was suspended from AKC for registration which was published in the AKC Gazette. Don't know any of the rest.
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Well, just from their websites I do see some definite red flags in my honest opinion. Hickory Hill Farm has outside "environmentally controlled" out buildings for their Havs?! Ummm, that is frightening! In my opinion no dog should be kept in a barn, but especially not a havanese.

Also, besides the suspension Kathy noted Beloved Havanese has a TON of dogs for sale...and she's going out of business at the end of the year because of health reasons? If you're going to get your dog from a breeder, I would want the breeder to be able to be there for support throughout my hav's life. I personally would not even consider one of her dogs.

I believe KrisE (member name) is soon getting a pup from Jerry of Havanique, so you could chat with her.

It does seem like KASE is legit too, but the besides Havanique and KASE I wouldn't even consider visiting the rest, and that's just from what I saw on their websites. Yikes!

I just want to add that I am not familiar with any of these breeders, just taking their sites at face value, but you really want to make sure they are completely health testing their dogs, have them listed on the offa.org site, and will really support you as a breeder.
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I see some red flags too. Be sure to take your time and spend some time on this forum. Some here may be able to give you some more breeders in the area to contact.
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There you go! I knew Nan would know something!!!
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I see a lot of red flags also and I was not terribly impressed by any of those sites. That having been said, a good web site is no prerequisite to producing well bred, heathy dogs from tested lines. I would definitely wait to hear recommendations from others in the group and good luck with your intended purchase. They do change your world for the better.

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My breeder is in the Philadelphia suburbs. Probably about 3 hours from Fairfax. She does all of the health testing and has many champions. Her website is www.woodlandhavanese.com. She does not have any puppies right now, but she is expecting a litter or two in the Spring. Good luck on your puppy search.


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Worth a flight to get a healthy dog...

It is definitely worth flying or a long car drive if you have to to get a great dog. Have you checked Maryland and North Carolina?

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It is definitely worth flying or a long car drive if you have to to get a great dog. Have you checked Maryland and North Carolina?
I completely agree with this! I'm flying 3,000 miles to pick up my second pup!

As for the breeders you listed, I agree that I think they all raise a lot of red flags. Since you're still in the researching for a breeder process, I'd suggest you read this thread to give you an idea as to why a good breeder is necessary:

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=7098

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Wow...all of you are terrific! Thank you for your nearly instant responses. Thank your for validating some of my concerns.

Also, thank you for introducing me to breeders.net. I am a very savy searcher and I had not stumbled into this site. Now, I see many other "breeders".

Lina, thank you for pointing me to the article. The dog that I had mentioned exibited a lot of what described. We got him from the shelter, so we did not think much of it and attributed all his problems to being abused. But now I can see that the problem can be caused by neglect and poor socialization too.

By the way, I am not opposed to flying to get the dog. I do not want to buy on impulse. I want to visit...think about it...perhaps visit again and then go for it. This is a family member.
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