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As an add on to what Tom said, it just so happens that I work with a vet who sees a LOT of Havanese. (her parents even own one because she likes the breed so much!) I asked her if she has EVER had a Havanese in her practice with FUNCTIONAL hip problems before geriatric sort of general "old age all-over" arthritis. She said no. Patellas, for sure, carpus, for sure, shoulders and elbows sometimes. No hips.
OTOH, she treats LOTS of Havanese for thyroid problems and allergies and we don't include thyroid in our required tests for breeding. (although all three of my dogs have been tested and are clear) And unfortunately, allergies are something that are harder for breeders to keep track of let alone do anything about since they tend to show up when the dogs are older.
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