Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Bergen County NJ
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Havanese sold at pet store
I had a grooming client come in the other day requesting the "Havanese" groomer (me, I suppose). It was a young couple with a new puppy. She proudly told me that she had visited many breeders and then to a pet store and saw a havanese there, he was so cute she had to buy him and she didn't have the patience to get one from a breeder. Well, ok, I took the puppy and bathed him, but since I am now more knowledgable on what is good bone structure and what is not, even on the new puppy I could tell the front leg joints weren't straight. I was not thrilled about the news she got him from a pet store, since the chances are good this was a puppy mill dog, which means the puppy's parents are possibly living in bad conditions. Pet store dogs are also not sold with any spay/neuter contracts so that opens the door to decreasing the health quality of the breed. It's saddening. I see more poor examples of other breeds such as shih tzus, maltese, bichons, poodles, and yorkies than I see good ones. Every dog deserves to be loved but it's irresponsible people and people making ill-informed choices that really bugs me.