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I have visited several breeders in search of new puppy over the last several months. For some reason, the breeders that I have visited had filthy homes that were in disarray and the pups were unbathed and ungroomed. There were at least 6-7 older dogs running around all over the house. These breeders did not take the pups to a Vet and administered vaccines themselves. I cannot bring myself to adopting a pup that has come from this type of environment. I worry that a puppy that comes from this environment may have health problems and bad habits. Am I experiencing the norm or have I just had some bad luck? What experiences have others had when visiting a breeder for the purposes of adopting their puppies? Am I being too judgemental and cautious? Or am I right to avoid adopting a puppy from environments that I just described?

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I'm thinking that you hit a string of bad luck.

When I visited my breeder this past weekend, her house was clean (cleaner than mine!), and while she has 8 dogs of various ages - they are trained and very friendly and in good coat condition. The yard was also clean. I was expecting it to be a little less clean and a little more chaotic - which would have been fine with me to a point. What you're describing would definitely put me off - I'd mostly be worried about health, tbh.

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My first response is to say absolutely not, and know that it can take time and donít give up. That being said, good Havanese breeders arenít breeding for profit, so I wouldnít necessarily expect them to have a state of the art breeding facility in their home. If the house isnít clean and puppy proofed I would wonder if the puppies are living in the house at all. Iíve heard sad stories about small puppies living outside and puppies from mills being brought into homes to sell.

Being new to the dog world, I find one of the hardest distinctions to make is a backyard breeder. It almost feels like a dirty word, because these are often very nice, welcoming people, but since they are breeding as a hobby, no matter how well meaning, they just donít have the education, experience, and ethical standards that are part of an actual breeding program. Many would argue they are comfortable with the risks of working with a backyard breeder, but I remember you posting before and I donít get the impression thatís a risk you want to take. There is no guarantee, but your odds of taking home a healthy puppy with a good start in life and a good temperament match for you are truly increased by continuing to seek out the right breeder.

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