Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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First let me say welcome! I've been on this forum only a few weeks myself. It's a friendly group of folks, and there's a wealth of great info here. I've learned so much! I also fell in love with this breed, but, unlike you, had never owned a dog in my life! Our little Havanese has exceeded all expectations, so I would say, stick to your guns re getting this breed. They are wonderful, exceptional dogs!
I think you absolutely made the right decision in passing on that puppy. Any reputable breeder health tests their puppies and parents and is glad to share that info. Sounds suspicious to me & I think your instinct was correct.
I actually found my puppy online from a breeder in my area. In retrospect, I really wasn't as educated/cognizant of as much as I should have been, and picked him up sight unseen, except for many photos on the net and many long conversations with the breeder. I was also under a certain amount of duress at the time. But it all felt very right, and somehow the stars aligned, and, fortunately,he is a complete joy as a companion AKC Havanese. He's now 10 mos. old.
You don't say what area of the country you're in, but there are many fine breeders out there, and if you read the Forum, a fair number are members, and I'm sure the more experienced members here will point you in the right direction. Best of luck!
HAV A GREAT DAY ! ~~AMY & BISCUIT~~
and HEATH-Y, TOO !
Last edited by Amy R.; 07-29-2007 at 04:42 PM.