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She does have that chondrodysplasia look. But there is a genetic test for it now to make sure if you want to be certain. The bottom line, though, is that chondrodysplastic or not, it will probably not affect her life as a pet dog. If I had bought her, full price, as a show prospect, or especially as a performance prospect (though I suspect this would have been pretty obvious by 8 weeks) I would be pretty upset. But I know LOTS of Havanese that are in their teens now and look like this, because there used to be a lot more of it around than there is now. (nowadays it is seen more in BYB and puppy mill lines)
Yes, there are other health problems that STATISTICALLY are more common in condrodysplastic dogs, but that doesn't mean that they are "common", nor that they are a given in any particular dog. Odds are that she will be a sweet, wonderful pet for someone! I WOULD limit her jumping on and off things on those stubby legs, and would probably avoid sports like agility that put more strain on her joints.
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