I'm with you on that one, Jen. I feel like I have to start approaching it like I have started to with out of towners about Seattle. It is getting so freaking crowded here it's unbelievable, so when visitors start expressing interest in moving here I tell them they wouldn't like it because it rains all the time, the sun never shines and it's dark and dreary all winter. It's harder to stretch the truth about the Havanese breed, especially when Benjamin is sitting right there being all cute and delightful. Instead I tell everyone that they are extremely expensive (which is not a lie), are very clingy and can't be left alone (only a slight exaggeration), and if they are still looking all googly eyed at Benjamin, try to encourage rescue. But, like trying to discourage people from moving here and adding to the congestion, I figure I got mine so I guess other people have a right to get one, too. All we can do is provide information and hope for the best, I suppose.
I honestly don't try to discourage people from getting a Havanese… They are a great breed, and more GOOD QUALITY ones won't ruin the breed. So I use those times as educational moments. I tell people that they ARE a great breed IF you but them from a reputable breeder. I explain what that is, and then I tell them flat out that there are bad tempered, unhealthy Havanese out there because people buy them on a whim from pet stores and puppy mills. I tell them that the ONLY way of being assured of getting a good quality one is from a great breeder. If they want to take a chance with a less expensive animal, go the rescue route.
And… I tell them about the coat. For people who wont be committed to the breed, the coat is the biggest turn-off. To know that they EITHER have to groom the dog, thoroughly and daily, OR get it clipped, frequently and at high cost, is usually enough to deter the casual "cute puppy" type buyers.