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How long did it take you to find a good breeder?

Just wondering how long people searched to find a good Havanese breeder? Did you get a referral from someone you knew or through a club or vet? Interview a lot of breeders? Did you have to go on a waiting list? If so, how long was the wait? and was it because you were hoping for a particular colour, sex, or pup from a particular pair or ????

ETA- And did you have to wait before bringing your dog/pup home? if pups, were they planned, in utero, already born, ready to go home?

Realistically, it's going to be at least a year before we add a dog to our family (maybe earlier if there are a few changes) so we're just taking our time to become more knowledgeable and think about it all.

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I researched the breed for about 2 years on and off. Randomly contacted a breeder that had neat looking puppies on their website and (luckily) decided it wasn't the right time. While reading more about the breed, I started getting deeper into their health issues and decided it was crucial to go with a good breeder. I googled often and one thing led to another, I contacted a breeder in IL who had dogs with the 'look' I was going for. She referred me to our wonderful breeder who lives much closer to us and fulfilled all the criteria I was looking for and more!

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Before I started looking for a breeder, I searched the Havs' health issues and the tests that are recommended. Then I looked for clubs and associations. Luckily, I came accross the Delaware Valled Havanese Club and they had some breeders' contacts. I contacted a few and finally decided on one.
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I luckily found this forum early in my search, so I knew what questions to ask. I did A LOT of googling, didn't actually contact any associations, but found a few breeders on my own who I felt comfortable with that weren't too far away. I immediately ruled out anyone who didn't do health testing because they "knew their lines," seemed to have too many dogs, or who I didn't get a good gut feeling about. I could have bought from any one of about 4 or 5 good breeders within reasonable driving distance to my home, but I settled on ours partly because the timing was good with a litter she had, and she had extensive knowledge about the breed and paid a lot of attention to detail in terms of their health and socialization. The links to the results of the parents' health testing was also right on the website, and she's always willing to spend lots of time loading me up on useful information. I got very good descriptions of the parents' particular temperaments, structure, coat texture, etc. before we committed to our puppy shortly after she was born, and there was some wiggle room in the contract to change our choice if when we met her at 6 weeks we didn't feel she was a good match. We loved her to bits, of course. The other important thing to me was that she works short part time hours and has really dedicated most of her free time to the dogs, giving the puppies lots of individual attention.

All in all, from the time I started looking until I felt ready, it took about a year. Good luck in your search!
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We did several months of research about havanese. At that time we were in love with the breed but still trying to decide if we could handle a dog again. I went through referral lists from the local havanese club and the HCA. At the time I found the local list more helpful and contacted breeders. I filled out applications and spoke to a couple of different breeders that met our requirements as far as health testing, distance, and everything else. One had a litter on the way, and the other was expecting a litter but the mother miscarried. We were on the waiting list for the other, when the first called us back with an older puppy she had decided not to show. We drove down to see the pup and the rest is history, as they say. The entire process took six months or more, and could have been longer. Getting a puppy is a lifetime commitment and we didn't want to rush.

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Hmm, maybe 3 mos? I was researching breeds for awhile. When I was fairly sure I wanted a Hav, I found the website for the local Hav club and got 4 breeder names from there. I emailed each one, and gave them my info, got their info, etc. One stood out above the rest (Elaine), and she invited me to meet her and her dogs at a show that was coming up in my area. At that show, I met my very first live Hav -- a show male Kimberly had at the time. He was adorable and spunky and gorgeous. I fell totally in love! The rest is history

Elaine told me that she was expecting two litters in several weeks, so we waited. It seemed like forever. After both litters were born, she had some ideas about which males (we wanted a boy) might be a good match. We visited her at her home to meet the puppies when they were 6 weeks old and at that irresistable fluffball stage and fell in love with Lincoln!

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I would say 3 months. I haven't got mine yet but have had some opportunities for some beautiful healthy puppies but my personal life kinda got in the way and delayed it. It is best to get on a waiting list, even before the puppies are born if you really like a breeder. There are many good ones, just make sure all the testing is done and that they have concern for the puppies. And don't rush, wait till you are ready to get the puppy. Get a breeder you feel comfortable with and talk to them before you actually make a payment. I been researching for a puppy about 4 months, narrowed it down to a havanese about 2 months ago, based mostly because of the breed temperament, size and cuteability (hmm is that a word?)
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I searched on and off for about a year....and I agree with the other posts that as soon as I discovered the health issues through this forum, my homework became much more intense....and I focused on the health testing versus looking a cutie puppy pics for a long time...
I found my breeder after speaking with others....but we just clicked....we're quite good friends now which is a bonus
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It took about 1 1/2 months from research of the breed, finding a breeder and getting a puppy.

After carefully reading 3 well-reviewed dog breed books, I found that Havanese was the most suitable breed for my requirements and expectations. I contacted the Havanese Club of America, that lead me to the local Havanese club in my area. It was such a coincindence that my best friend's best friend had a Havanese from Elaine and the same day I got the list of local reputable breeders from one of the HCA breeders, I also heard from this woman. Elaine was on the list. I contacted Elaine and went to the dog show to meet her. Like Jane, I too met Kimberly there and her Hillary was my first real Hav to pet. We met Elaine and she invited us to visit her home. She had 2 litters and Benji picked us but Elaine approved the match considering our requirements. We had to wait for 4 weeks to bring Benji home.

I must say that all the breeders on the list of HCA were very helpful, generous with their time.

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I heard about the breed (Tuesday) and checked them out in a breed book at the book store (Wednesday). Found a breeder via HCA club recommendation (Friday) and visited & put a deposit down on Henry (Sunday).

Then 2 weeks waiting for Henry.
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