Thanks for your response. I already put 500.00 deposit down and have fallen in love with the pup. I am not interested in showing the pup but I just don't want to fall in love with a pup that becomes very ill. She was open to be coming to pick up her pup but she lives far away.
I'm so upset that this has come up at this point when I pick up the up next week.
Better to lose $500 now, than have huge expenses or a bad dog in the future. Also, let me point out that you have NOT "fallen in love" with this pup. You have fallen in love with the IDEA of this pup! You have not yet even met the pup, so can't possibly know (for sure) whether you will be a good match or not.
That said, I am NOT saying you shouldn't get a pup from her. I'm just saying I'd want to ask a LOT more questions. ...and the questions I posed have NOTHING to do with whether you want to show the dog or not. These are BASELINE good practices for any reputable breeder of any breed, not just Havanese. Even breeding champion to champion does not guarantee a show dog. The majority of pups produced will still be nice, healthy pet quality dogs; good examples of the breed, with a solid health record behind them, but perhaps a minor flaw that would keep them from excelling in the show world, and more importantly, keep a reputable breeder from wanting to breed from them.
I don't like their contract either. They will replace
a puppy with a life threatening
genetic problem in the first 3 years. You are already saying your "in love" with a photo. Do you REALLY think you would send your dog back if, at a year, you found that it had a life-threatening illness? Vanishingly few of us would. Also, MOST genetic problems in dogs are not "life threatening" they are just expensive. You have no recourse in this case, and if you ALSO by from parents who are not fully health tested (and hopefully come from a LINE of health tested dogs!!!) your odds are even higher of having a problem.
I also don't like that she won't give you the limited registration papers until after you neuter/spay your dog. With limited registration papers, you couldn't sell registered puppies even if you TRIED to circumvent the spay/neuter clause. (and no reputable breeder would breed their dog to yours anyway) There is no good reason for withholding limited registration papers, and it can be DARNED hard to get them out of the breeder 6 months down the line. (by which point you truly ARE "in love" with your puppy, and are EXTREMELY unlikely to risk having to give your puppy back just because you suddenly find you now have an unregistered "maybe Hav".
These contract issues are things that could possibly be addressed and rectified BEFORE you take the puppy, but once you are in possession of the puppy, from what I see with this contract, you are pretty much on your own.
As far as the pick up is concerned, no matter how far away she is, whether you need to stay the night in a hotel out there or fly to pick up your puppy, as I said before, I would NEVER take a puppy without meeting the parents (at least the mother... the father could belong to someone else and be off the premises) AND seeing where/how the puppies were raised. You can learn much more about the future temperament of your puppy from watching and interacting with his adult relatives than you can from that cute little ball of fluff that is deposited into your arms.
I flew from the Boston area to NC, and then had a two hour drive from the airport to pick up my puppy. I have never regretted that decision. A Havanese puppy is an investment of the next 15 or more years of your life. The up-front purchase costs are the LEAST of your expenses... even with a healthy dog. (most people spend more on the pup during the first year than the purcahse price of the dog) It just makes sense to do it right the first time.
Again. I am NOT saying that this is a "bad" breeder. There is not enough evidence one way or the other that I can see. I am saying that you haven't really done your homework here. ...In which case, you are just blindly rolling the dice.
For all the cautions I'm giving you, (and they are JUST cautions... as I say, these are questions you should ask. I'm NOT saying she isn't a good breeder) here is an old thread on the forum about her. These people seem happy with her, which is good. But I'd want PROOF on that health testing: