Originally Posted by HannahBearsMom
I'm in Northern Virginia, and drove 3-1/2 to 4 hours to get Maccabee from Starborn Havanese (Tom and Pam King). Tom is very active on this forum, as well as several people with Starborn pups.
I THINK Pam and Tom have a longer waiting list than likely puppies for this season, but they also know everyone in the Havanese world, and if it's not likely that they'll have a puppy for you, I'm sure they will know who else is expecting puppies.
ALL reputable breeders strive to produce dogs as close to the standard as possible, but the number who are REALLY "show worthy" is much smaller. Even then, many breeders, like the Kings, would still prefer to place their puppies in loving pet homes than sell them for show. GOOD breeders know that the best placement for EVERY puppy, "show quality" or not is with a loving family!
My point is, even if you don't want a "show dog" you should still be looking for exactly the same kind of breeder… One who breeds for HEALTH, TEMPERAMENT, and SOUND STRUCTURE. If they also happen to be "typey" enough for the show ring, that's icing on the cake, whether you ever show the dog or not!