Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Long Island, NY
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My Havanese experience goes like this. I fell in love with the breed and did some research, way before I found the forum. I wasn't as smart about testing, etc. I found Kodi, the white looking one in my avatar, on Nextdaypets.com and fell in love. I called the "breeder" and we hit it off right away. She had me fill out a questionnaire, she called my vet for a reference, etc. We drove to Salem, MA to get him. When I got his pedigree from AKC, I saw that his sire was out of Peekaboo Havanese. He has a pretty good pedigree. I think they really wanted to breed Havs, but Kodi's dam only had one litter and was 3-1/2 when they were born. They decided not to breed her anymore. They kept one female, but then the breeder got pregnant and I think it was just too much. Their kennel name was Traveltime.
Shelby, my b/w little girl was sort of a surprise from my DH. He found an ad in the paper, and I didn't have the heart to disappoint him (or say no to getting another Hav). The call themselves NY Havanese.
I have been very lucky so far. They are happy and healthy dogs. I have much more knowledge now thanks to this forum. If I ever get another, I would do it the right way, even though I had a vet tell me it didn't matter where I got a dog, because there are can be no 100% guarantee that a dog is going to be healthy just because it comes from a breeder. He was not my vet, thank goodness.
Sorry I went on so long.
Kodi & Shelby's Mom and Julian's Grandma