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Most of that sounds OK. I would get more than 1 reference. I have only been breeding for 4 years, and I provide at least a dozen references. I also provide a 5 year health guarantee. Some things can't even be tested until 24 months of age. Ask what they test for and ask for copies of the tests. I don't send mine in either, because there is a fee to do so, but I give hard copies to puppy buyers. I test hearts before I breed, patellas, hips, elbows, and I CERF annually. I require my puppy buyers CERF annually also - through age 8. Ask for test results on patellas, hips, CERF on parents and when last CERF'd.
I've seen some of their dogs in some good pedigrees. BUT, I've been shafted badly by some "reputable" breeders. I know many others who have also.
My health guarantee offers a specific amount of money back or another puppy - buyer's choice. Most breeders offer a "replacement puppy." They do this knowing that once you hold one of these Havanese lovers for 30 seconds, you would fight to your death before giving back, so they never have to honor that guarantee. I know very few breeders who offer less than a 2 year guarantee.
I see some good things and some serious red flags, but more communications and clarification could fix all of that.