I'm a newbie researching the Havanese and breeders. I fell in love with the breed after a freind introduced me to hers and now I've got to get one. I've spoke with a couple of breeders and I'm trying to narrow it down. Any suggestions? One breeder gave this long dissertation about the unethical practice of inbreeding and the negative consequences. This is after I thought I knew all there was to know....oh well. Please give me any advice I need to know or perhaps where I can find a reliable breeder. I'm in the Atlanta area if that helps. I'd rather travel to pick him up.
I think you should also be able to see the dogs in person. Of course, we didn't meet Sully till after Nationals. But, we had known him by his rep (as Kokomo's Smokey's on Fire) and his breeders rep for wonderful dogs. I would also, insist on pics of the parents. What size are they? What is the size doggie you are looking for? Will the breeders back up their dog?
Not to dishearten you, but it took over a year to find our dog.
We were wanting a female, at least 2 years old. Let me rephrase that, my husband was looking for that. I wanted a male, and pref brown, orange, or red. Sully is a make and Havana Brown/silver. But, DH couldn't be happier. It helped he was house trained so well.
Look at the breeders on the forum. I met BeverlyA (not a breeder) but lives in NE, she introed me to Dee Hinkle in the town next to us and I didn't even know she was there, and Dee intro-ed me to Karen Ku, Sully's former Mommy! I think the folks here are A # 1! You have any question, someone here will likely have an answer.
Oh and as for inbreeding. It is wrong, sister/cousins is just wrong. Line breeding is another subject. It is up too good breeders to decide how tight the line will be. You can get both the good and the bad doing it. But all the dogs are related, go thru the pedigrees same ol sets of names keep popping up.