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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 08-24-2008, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well we're new to the forum so we wanted to say hello. A little background... We haven't been able to have a dog because Donna has allergies. Our family, son 17, daughter 13, me and Donna want a dog so bad!! After some research we decided to look into a Havanese. Our friends have a 3 yr old and we've spent time with him in our home and Donna has been unaffected. So we are cautiously thinking of moving forward. We have a few questions. We know how important it is to find a great breeder but they all look the same online. How can you tell a good breeder from a bad one?? We don't mind traveling to find the right one. The other question is does anyone out there have fairly harsh allergies and has it been tolerable with your Havanese??? Thanks for the info

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Welcome! I am sure there are many who will tell you that you can not be 100% certain that a Hav will not bring on allergies but... My Dh is terribly allergic to dogs and my sister's Hav was what sold us on the breed. He could spend any amount of time in her house and playing with her dog and have no reaction whatsoever. We brought our own Hav into our house and again DH was fine. We now have a second, different, Hav and again no problems.

It works for us and they are the absolute best dogs IMHO.

I know others will speak to how to find a good breeder. I don't feel competent enough to do so.
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Thanks hedygs. We'll spend more time with our friends dog and see what happens..
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My Dad is very allergic (4+) and I am (1). If you get allergy shots like we do, you'll understand. Anyway, my Dad and Mom have had a Havanese for 7 years and my Dad is totally fine. I have a havanese, and I don't have any problems either. Of course every person is different, so you never know. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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Very good advice...that's what we did also since Alan is allergic to dogs. He has not had any problems with Guapo (phew!), but he spent a good deal of time with his nose, face, hands, etc touching Havs before we brought Guapo home. The best advice I can give you on breeders is to not just go by their website, you should actually speak to the breeder before making a decision.

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I have terrible allergies too! I have to wear a mask during pet training at the Pet Smart or I wont be able to breath because of other dogs around or hair left behind throughout the day! I've had my Hav for just over a year and have NO problems at home!!
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Definitely speak to breeders and see if you can meet them in person (and verify the health testing that they say they do - don't take their word for it). Many breeders will refer to you others too, and I think that is a good sign. To me, it indicates that they aren't in it for the money, but rather to help you find the right match.

You can go to local shows and meet many Hav owners & breeders in person too. That's a great place to start. Several of us can help you with that. You'd just have to tell us the range of states you'd be willing to drive to see a show because some of us aren't so good with the east coast geography, especially when you can drive through 5-6 states in a couple of hours. (That amused me when we took a trip to New York and drove up to Cape Code and counted the states as we crossed state lines over and over.)

Ask about health guarantees, too. What do they guarantee? What will they do if the puppy develops a problem? How long is the guarantee? How much money will they put back into the dog if something comes up later? Be careful with the "lifetime guarantee" phrase, because a lot of times it doesn't really mean anything when they say they will replace the puppy for you. Of course you aren't going to give up a puppy you've had for six months! By that time you've bonded.

Keep in mind that every dog is different too. I have met people that are fine with the breeder's dogs and then get a puppy that they are sensitive to. Are you allergic to dander? To saliva? Something else? It may be best to spend time with the mother of the puppy first and ask what the breeder will do if you turn out to be physically irritated by the pup.

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Thanks everyone. This all helps. I guess at some level we're going to have to take the leap and hope the allergy thing works out...
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I think you had some good advice so I am just saying welcome to the forum. Could you ask to borrow your friend's hav for a weekend?

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Welcome to the forum! I am allergic to dogs to, but NOT my Beamer or any other havanese i have met.

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