The fact that the best breeders don't take deposits is good news for YOU. They don't take "first come first served." They try to find the best home for a puppy based on compatibility of both family and puppy personality and temperament. The fact that you might be last on the list doesn't mean that you won't be the first one to be selected for a pup. Hopelessness is not the way to get a quality Havanese, determination and patience is the way to get a puppy with your name on it. Get involved with local Havanese club activities to show that you are really serious about finding the perfect dog. I searched for 6 months before I found the Havanese of my dreams - 1000 miles away! And WOW! did I ever get the perfect Havanese for me, not necessarily for everyone, but for ME. He is lying next to me right now, just snoozing. I get separation anxiety when he is not with me!I have no promises from any breeders yet, but looking forward to continue to speak with the good ones to see if we have a chance with one of their puppies. All the good ones don't take deposits. We're feeling a bit hopeless somedays and don't know if we'll ever get a havanese puppy. Crossing our fingers though.
Expect to pay $3000 to $4000 for a quality Havanese from a good, reputable breeder in SoCal. We have talked about a few of them in this thread. Another good one is Mary Lopez of Amor Havanese in Yuba City (north of Sacto) if you are willing to travel a day to get one. Top, top quality Havanese pups.