An old thread from 3 years ago popped up and it was about whether or not to allow dogs (non-rescue dogs) to be sold on this site. The verdict was no. Melissa wrote the following:
"When I was looking for a Havanese, it was tough. I could find lots of websites of some breeders, but no "real" information. I want this forum to be full of information and pictures for potential buyers. I want them to be able to research threads, and read the good, bad and ugly to see if they really want this breed. Then, they can find a breeder like I did. I was referred to the HCA breeders referral. I think people should go through their local club, and find the right breeder, not the right dog. "
I was already thinking of writing you a 'Thank you" note, and this fit in perfectly. This just describes me. I joined this site about 9 months ago for just this reason. I have been wanting to thank you for spending all the time and effort that you do in providing such a warm, caring, and learning place as this site is. I think this is a very special place. The people on this board are caring and helpful and I have learned so much about the Havanese. I can't imagine learning all that I have about this breed anywhere else. Most places lists 'facts', but stay on here long enough, and you get a truer, more rounded picture. This is what I wanted to know. Yes, generally speaking, the more I learn, the more I love. But, just as you said: new people need to know about the downsides so that they will be prepared (such as the time needed for potty training, grooming, blowing coat, how much time they need to spend with the dogs, etc...). I have rescue dogs already, but I wanted to know exactly what personality/size/behaviour, etc. that would be my next fur-kid......and this site has given me far, far more information that I could ever have found elsewhere. I am convinced of that. It is easy to stick around here because of the caring of the members and how it feels like such a close network of old friends.
What a lovely place to learn about this breed!