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Why Buy A Purebred Dog?

I am volunteering at an event on Saturday that is supporting pure bred dogs. It has taken place many times in the past but this is my first time volunteering.
I would like to hand out literature to people but don't know where to locate any.

I could also put together my own brochure about purebred dogs and this is where I need your help. Chime in with your reasons for buying a purebred Havanese. I am not holding anything against folks who have Havanese that might be mixed with another breed. I am just hoping some of you might come up with more reasons for going purebred than I have already considered.

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I wanted the look of the dog, size, playfulness, and intelligence, I wanted the purebred because I wanted the dog to stay the same as a puppy and grown dog. You know what type of background the purebred comes from.

Medical testing has been done to reduced medical medical problems in the future.

Spay and Neuter reduce the pet population!

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While I dont have a purebred Havanese, I do think one of the reasons that I would get one next time is that you know pretty much what you will be getting based on the parents. Another reason would be based on the breed itself and the characteristics and traits that are associated with that breed.
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Hi Jacqui,

I think a purebred dog from a reputable breeder who only wants the betterment of the Havanese (and that is key, more so than the purity of the breed in my opinion!) allows the buyer to make a wiser, more conscious choice.

Looking at the history of that breed, the experience and history of the breeder, a buyer learns what are "acceptable" traits in the Havanese standard and if those appeal to the buyer, then they're all set.

AKC has this that might help: http://www.akc.org/future_dog_owner/...ying_a_dog.cfm

Personally, it is more important to me that I find a good breeder, who health tests and posts results for all to see, that has several years of experience, has shown, bred and is part of a network of reputable breeders/clubs/groups, socializes her puppies .... etc.... all those things we say to look for when choosing a breeder.... All that is more important to me, than actually choosing a purebred. If a breeder fits all these criteria and has been breeding Havanese x Shih Tzu, for example, for years and years, then I'm fine with that, know what I mean?

Of course, that is all moot, since the AKC and reputable clubs won't recognize that mix! O.k......... never mind!! LOL

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No one has mentioned it, so I'll also add that as far as Havs go, we got one because my husband is severely allergic to dogs and as such we needed a purebred pup so that we'd know for sure that it would be hypoallergenic. Of course, that's in addition to temperament and the Havanese traits as mentioned above.

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Of course it's a little late now, but for anyone in the future, AKC has some good handouts for events like this. You might want to contact them to send you a box for the future.

Vinny, Lulu, Gabby and Richie too!

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Why get a pure bred dog? because you know what you will get, for looks, possible health issues, and temperament.
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The only reason to purchase a pure bred dog is to control what you are getting ...to some degree. By purchasing from an Experienced Ethical Breeder the benefits are:

1) Health information on the parents
2) Posted testing results on adults and puppies to avoid know genetic disorders
3) Predictable temperament
4) Pictures of a representative as to what you should expect.
5) Educated prediction to size and adult color as this is a breed that does radical changes from puppy color to adult.
6) Educated counseling for you on raising your puppy.
7) Most importantly references
8) And the buyer is not promoting puppy mills or commercial breeding

If the purchase is not from an Experienced Ethical Breeder there are no benefits or reason to buy a pure bred dog.

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-21-2010, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone, for your helpful replies. I only found out about this event three days ago which did not give our club enough time to contact AKC. Hopefully the Ann ARbor Kennel Club, which is sponsoring the event did do that.

Meanwhile, I will go equipped with my home-made brochures and will include all your input.

Thanks so much!
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Jacqui, I agree with Marj and Carolina. For me Havs were the only dogs I was not allergic too consistently. I was allergic to poodles and other hair dogs but not Havanese. So for me it was very important to make sure I was getting pure breed Havs. I failed in getting them from really good breeders and I liked out with lovely boys. But next Hav is from a really really really good breeder. Makes all the difference in having a well socialized member of your family.

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