All great advice! We got a 9 week old pup that we'd reserved when he was 3 weeks old. I had said for months and months "Never a pup!" I thought it was just too much trouble and commitment for us, always having to be home all the time, etc... well....
Changed my mind and we got our Ricky. There were no older Havs anywhere near us, not even close and there were not likely to be any for a LONG while! We live near Montreal, Quebec, Canada and the Havanese is very rare in these parts.
It IS a lot of work, so I was right! lol But we did it, Ricky is now 6 months and I have absolutely no regrets. Should the day come when we would get another dog (finances, my state of health, family decision, etc... ), it most likely will not be another puppy. I dont' think so. Or at least, if it is a pup, we'll do some of the housetraining things differently!
LOL . O.k. .... now that was as clear as mud!
Good luck and please do take your time. I didn't want a sable/white Hav either due to staining problems, hard to keep clean and I liked the darker colors so I understand. I absolutely LOVE to admire those colored Havs though! Our Ricky is mostly black with dark browns and silvers.