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There is not a ton on the web site to go on. You will need to have a serious conversation with them. I, personally do not like non-refundable deposits. There is too much that can go wrong. What if there are not enough puppies in a litter? What if the puppy that they have designated as "yours" has a disposition you don't think will work for you? Or has a bad bite? or another problem you don't' want to live with? The best breeders I know don't take deposits until they are ready to say for sure that they will place a puppy in that home, and the deposits are refundable if there is a reason they CANNOT place the puppy in that home.
You want to make sure that BOTH parents have been fully health tested. It is nice if they have also both been shown, though not strictly necessary. If they have NOT been shown, you want to be darned sure that they are from a breeder who has enough experience to assess breeding stock for major conformation flaws and exclude them from their breeding program. Not all breeders have this experience. If they don't you want to know who is mentoring/advising them in this process and how they are making their decisions.
I can't tell you if this person has these qualities or not. I don't know them. Just some things to ask. There are a lot of good breeders in the New England/NY/PA area that are within driving distance for you, and even that shouldn't limit your search. Two of my dogs came from a great breeder in North Carolina, and I live in MA. (my third was bred by a friend in RI) I traveled by plane to get the two in NC, and would do it again in a minute. I do not regret that decision in the least. You are making a 15-year commitment (more or less) when you buy a Havanese, and spending a lot of money. Don't short change yourself by only looking close to home.
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