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I second the recommendation of Lisa from Ohana Havanese. She is an amazing breeder! Our precious Taylor (now 15 weeks) is from one of her two December litters. Taylor's mom Adele is sister to Bono, the number one Havanese in the country. Her father is also a grand champion.
After countless hours of research, and trying to find a reputable, health focused breeder within a fairly close perimeter, I contacted Lisa. I sent her an email detailing our interest in a Havanese puppy or even an older retired show pet. After a few emails, she contacted us and invited us to visit her home to meet her dogs and get to know us. At that time, she had planned on two breedings for the Fall, which had not yet taken place. We were so impressed by her beautiful, happy dogs and her lovely home care for them. (She is very careful about where her puppies are placed, so be prepared to be interviewed at length.) We were fortunate to be considered for a puppy, and were notified when the breedings took place in November. We received a birth notice on the first litter with photos and updates. Her puppies were stimulated and acclimated in the upstairs nursery whelping area of their home for the first 3 weeks, then prospective families were encouraged to visit. We were able to visit once a week and watch the pups develop. It was amazing!
When they were 6 weeks old, puppies got rides in the car, stroller time, and visited Home Depot (always safely off the ground in a basket) to start meeting many different types of people for socialization. Lisa and her husband encourage the puppies in meeting many people and even small children. They also have a house kitty who the puppies get familiar with. The pups start out litter box training when very young, then transition to learning to potty outside. The pups then learn that the crate is a happy place to rest.
Lisa typically sends her pups to their new families at 10 weeks, never before. She graciously kept our girl for us until 12 weeks, as we had some pre-scheduled medical procedures that had to be taken care of. I have to say, that due to the wonderful care that Lisa and her husband provided the puppies, we ended up with an amazing, happy, adorable puppy who sleeps through the night in a crate by our bed, is almost fully potty trained to the yard, and has already mastered sit, stay, down, and roll over. We are in the process of leash training now, and as soon as she gets her next round of parvo vaccination in early May, we can start walking her.
Lisa does all the health testing of her breeding dogs, and she rarely breeds more than 2 litters per year. I know each and every one of those adorable pups from both litters and if any of them are still available, they will be wonderful additions to any family, due to the wonderful care, socialization and training they have received.