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We are planning on getting a Havanese puppy from a reputable breeder. Since we have no experience, at first we thought you just go to a nearby pet store and pick out a puppy. After educating ourselves a bit and learning about puppy mills we realized breeders are the best route. However there are so many breeders it is hard to pick one. We live in NY and are willing to travel (by car) up to 3-3.5 hours away. Can anyone recommend a great breeder?
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We are planning on getting a Havanese puppy from a reputable breeder. Since we have no experience, at first we thought you just go to a nearby pet store and pick out a puppy. After educating ourselves a bit and learning about puppy mills we realized breeders are the best route. However there are so many breeders it is hard to pick one. We live in NY and are willing to travel (by car) up to 3-3.5 hours away. Can anyone recommend a great breeder?
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Attached are links to a few older discussions about breeders in the NY area. Hope they help. I'm sure there are some members who have more current information and will direct you. Good luck.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthr...=breeders+York

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=9298
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Check with the Havanese Club of America and their breeder referral.

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Welcome to the forum. Congrats , I bet you're excited. Here's some reading for first time owners.
Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.siriuspup.com/pdfs/before_puppy_sirius.pdf

After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/AF...ur%20Puppy.pdf

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Do your research not only on breeders, but especially on training. The first year of puppyhood is rough. You will definitely learn lots of patience and learn how to lay back and not let the small things get on your nerves. My experience



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awww congratulations! I just got my first dog in September and it's one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. Enjoy!
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Thank you all for your advice. There are two breeders that have caught our attention Mt. Breeze and Avonlea. Does anyone have any experience with with these breeders?
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I don't have any experience with these breeders, but I went to the Avonlea website and one of our members is the mom of the four in the picture on the homepage (just above the warning sigh). Her name is Laurief and you could pm her.

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I have personally met Steve and Alice Lawrence of Fuzzy Farm they are in NW CT and are famous for corded Havanese, also Pulis. They have over 30 years of experience and are really, really great people. I believe Steve is also a judge. They don't have a website, you'd have to call or email.
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Thank you for your input !
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