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New to the forum, hoping for some info

Hi there everybody,

Our family is starting our search for a Havenese pup/adolescent/young adult but are trying to first figure out if our son is allergic to them. We had a silky/yorkie mix that he never reacted to but he did test positive to "dog" when tested at the allergist. We've gotten some leads on dogs that might be available for us but they are sort of far and would require some pretty significant coordination to get us to meet them. What I would hate to do is put anybody out before even knowing if our son can tolerate the breed! Ideally, I'd like to be able to have him meet a Havanese somewhere local to us to figure out if he has any allergic reactions to them. We are in a western suburb of philadelphia - does anybody here know of any good places/breeders where we might be able to meet some Havanese dogs?

Of course, we would also take any information on available dogs but our priority is really to determine if he's allergic to them. I'd welcome any thoughts or advice on the beginning of our search for a new forever family member! Thanks!

- Michele
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Hi Michele,
I am also in the western suburbs of Pa. If you'd like to come visit my 3 you are welcome.

There is also a NJ playdate near Princeton Nov 2nd. There will be a ton of havanese there.

Let me know if you would like to meet my guys. I am always out hiking them on the weekends in the Valley Forge area.





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Thanks so much, Linda! I PM'ed you.
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Michele -
We are also in the northwest suburbs of Philadelphia -- Blue Bell. Beau would love to meet you and your son! Not sure where you are, but if we're near you, by all means let me know and stop by for a visit!



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I have really bad allergies and pet allergies and I do fine around Gucci, but even though they are less likely to trigger allergies than other breeds, you still have to bathe them more if you have allergies, we have to give her a bath once a week and clean her eyes/face every day or other day, because they pick up grass and pollen and whatnot outside, so it still is alot of work to keep a hypoallergenic dog clean.

I hope you find someone! I would reach out to breeders in the area.

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Thanks for that advice, Kara!

We are trying to reach out to breeders in our area but are a little nervous about finding not-quite-reputable breeders. I've been using the breeder referral list from the havanese club of america, and would welcome any other suggestions!
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Also try Delaware Valley havanese club We will see you tomorrow!





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Hi there everybody.....- Michele
Hullo, Michele, welcome to a really helpful, useful, informative, interesting and generous-spirited forum. I wish I could say "come and see Cuba" but I live in the UK, so don't suppose that's the best idea in the world! Good luck with your search - you are going about it in exactly the right way, and doing all the research you need to do before leaping in to goodness knows what. I always amazed at the people who buy dogs with no such efforts, no forward planning, no idea what they are getting themselves into, no idea about who is a good breeder....well done you. I'm sure lots of people will help you here. Keep us posted!
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Thanks so much!

I have to admit, I am normally an extremely impulsive person, as is my husband. I am getting some excellent advice from a friend of mine who is much more well versed in the world of dogs and dog shows. She has the #4 papillon in the country and knows her stuff! She's been my primary source of information about how to go about this search, though her expertise is with papillons rather than havanese.
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