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What to look for in a Havanese breeder...

  • How long has the breeder been in business?
  • Will the breeder provide references from previous buyers?
  • Will the breeder provide proof of tests and vaccines performed by a veterinarian?
  • What are the conditions like for the newborns? Are they raised inside the home or outside in kennels?
  • Will the breeder help you and answer your questions regarding training, care and health issues after you've taken your new Havanese pup home?
  • Will the breeder inform you in advance about potential genetic problems with the Havanese breed.
  • Does the breeder specialize in the Havanese and understand and respect the standards of the breed?
  • Does the breeder view the process as a labor of love, or as a "puppy mill"?
  • Are other dogs on the premises healthy and treated with love and affection?
  • Is the price in line with that of other reputable Havanese breeders?

If you want to buy a Havanese puppy from a breeder, do your homework before selecting one. Impulsively selecting a breeder from a website that has puppies available to you just because you want one immediately is not a good idea. Some pointers in selecting a breeder:

Ask friends who have purchased Havanese puppies where they bought the dog, whether they liked the breeder, and why. Also, if the breeder is local you may be able to get information from your local veterinarian.

Many earnest and serious breeders compete in dog shows. This is a positive factor since it shows the breeder's dedication to maintaining the AKC standards of the Havanese breed. (You can find shows in your area on the AKC’s web site at www.akc.org.) You can go to shows and talk with breeders, handlers and owners with Havanese entrants and they can be helpful in answering any questions you have about this wonderful breed. If you are looking on a website, be alert to a breeder’s wording in telling you about the number of champions in the lineage. A champion has “Ch” in front of the dog’s name. It is important to verify that they are AKC champions. Either one or both parents should be champions. You may hear the breeder say the puppies come from “champion lines.” That means that sometime, possibly generations ago, there were one or more champions. This is probably not a top tier breeder. Lastly, you may hear the puppies that are “AKC” registered. This means only that both parents were registered with AKC. That does not guarantee that the puppies are necessarily top of the line Havaneses.

If possible visit the breeder and see what the environment is like. Ask questions. Meet their family of dogs and see if the dogs seem happy, friendly, healthy-looking and well cared for. The puppies should not only physically look like the parents but resemble them in temperament as well. You may not be able to see the father since the breeder may have found a stud in a different part of the country, or even in another country. But the female should be present. Be alert to a breeder who does not allow you to meet their dogs.

I hope I have conveyed the importance of the measures one should consider when selecting this fun, comical, kind, gentle, easy-going dog. I am a bit biased since I have Gracie, one of the sweetest Havanese of them all! But this companion will be with you for a very long time and you want to know that you have done your homework. It's essential to know that the puppy or adult Havanese is healthy, and his temperament is friendly. Of course there are no guarantees with health problems that are undetected or may arise. That is just part of life but life with a Havanese is just such a joy. Good luck.


Havanese breeders near you

StateBreederWebsitePhoneemailcontact
ALSouth Heart Havanese Puppies 205-424-9711 Jan Black
ARForever Friendshttp://www.foreverfriendshavanese.com/870-285-4110havafriend@alltel.net Cerise Leblanc
AZR’Ganghttp://www.rganghavanese.com480-239-7006jane@rganghavanese.comJane Falkenstein
AZJanizonahttp://www.janizonahavanese.com928-632-1491janizona@gmail.comJanet & Scott Hicks
AZTriple-H Havanesehttp://www.triplehhavanese.com520-577-9125 ahilem@q.comAnn D. Hilemn
AZHavacasahttp://www.havacasahavanese.com480-892-1346havacasahavanese@yahoo.comSue Murphy
CAClaudie Parrishhttp://www.DelRioHavanese.com559-277-8866claudie313@aol.comClaudie Parrish
CAAviva Havanesehttp://www.avivahavanese.com avivahavanese@gmail.comKaren Pike
CAHavSerenity Havanesehttp://www.Havserenity.com anjanette@havserenity.comAnjanette Stinger
CAHavtahava Havanesehttp://www.havtahava.com havtahava@gmail.comKimberly Gattey-Wood
CATiny Tootsies Havanesehttp://www.earthlink.net/~ribbonblue707-591-8837ribbonblue@earthlink.netBrandy Roy
CABellatak Havanesehttp://WWW.BELLAHAVANESE.COM BELLAHAVANESE@AOL.COMKATHY PATRICK
CAAmor Havanesehttp://www.amorhavanese.net530-674-2517itshavanese4us@aol.comMary Lopez
CAHappy Havanese 818-535-3761  
CAShelly's Havanese Puppies 559-627-0616 mstreatkng@aol.com Dona Shelly
CALil Pawz Havanesehttp://www.lilpawzhavanese.net916-988-6642Elaine.cirimele@comcast.netElaine Cirimele
CTDeVita Havanesehttp://www.DeVitahavanese.com203-536-2392dvdances@yahoo.comClaudia DeVita
FLRubylu's Havanesehttp://www.myhavanesedogs.com386-689-1585Kathy@KathyKlug.comKathy Klug
FLDolce Havanesehttp://www.dolcehavanese.com inquiry@dolcehavanese.comMichelle Burke
FLShallowbrook  joanjambrose@yahoo.comJoan & Clarke Ambrose
FLLos Perritoshttp://www.Losperritos.com352-568-8172losperritos@scia.netLynn Nieto
FLBraz Havanesehttp://www.brazhavanese.tripod.com239-770-8746brazhavanese@aol.comBarbara Frazier
FLMagical Havanesehttp://www.community.webtv.net/skoshibear941-423-0610jlasswell@netzero.netJulie Lasswell
FLT-Wagshttp://www.T-Wags.com352-754-3006tcm@escapeweb.comTimothy C. Meyer
FLGilwood Havanesehttp://www.gilwoodhavanese.com352-472-0992gilwood@bellsouth.netRobin Gillespie & Arthur Wood
FLMi Casa Havanesehttp://www.micasahavanese.com941-232-4630kat0504@gmail.comKathleen M. King
FLEl Morro Havanesehttp://www.elmorrohavanese.com/813-425-2234puppies@elmorrohavanese.com Doug & Kathy Steinig
GASignature Havanesehttp://www.signaturehavanese.com770-460-6871signaturehav@yahoo.comVenita Jones
GANirvana Havanese http://www.nirvanahavanese.com/index.html770-253-6158connielewis2002@yahoo.com Connie Lewis
GANoahs Little Ark  duane@noahslittleark.com 
GANoblegold Havanese http://www.noblegold.com/706-969-0789noblegold01@aol.com Nancy Noble
GABeloved Havanese Puppieshttp://www.belovedhavanese.net706-582-6777 belovedhavanese@aol.comDoborah Owens
IAHeartland Havanesehttp://www.members.tripod.com/mccabe-s/havanese.htm515-546-6357 mccabe@wccta.netSandy & Kevin McCabe
IAMajical Havanese & Papillonshttp://www.freewebs.com/majicalhavanese712-736-2615sissie@evertek.netSissie Klein
IL3Vs Havanesehttp://www.3VSHavanese.com312-473-31623VSHavanese@comcast.netLynne Van Slyke
ILERAS Havanesehttp://www.erashavanese.com815-933-8495erashavanese@comcast.netMargie Staniszeski
INIvy Hills Havanesehttp://www.ivyhillshavanese.com812-623-2674havsaregreat@yahoo.comJennifer Clevenger
INChupp's Puppieshttp://www.chuppspuppies.com/574-773-7545butterflygirl15152003@yahoo.com David Chupp
LASouthern Silkshttp://www.southernsilks.com/337-364-9376 jeanne@southernsilks.comJeanne Roane
MAMoorea Havanese 413 528 1860cane@bcn.netMary Cane
MAHavanese of Boston 781-727-0100 Linda Snow
MDSalemhttp://www.Salemfarm.com410-893-1157Joyce@SalemFarm.comJoyce Huber
MISanshin Bichon Frise & Havanesehttp://www.sanshinbichonfrise-havanese.com/734-261-7176sanshin@twmi.rr.comDwight & Donna Braden
MICuba Libre Havanese Puppieshttp://www.cubalibrehavs9.com/734-634-2630cubalibrehavs9@aol.com Karen Howd
MILeonardo's Havanese Puppieshttp://www.geocities.com/havanese8734-426-2979 Havanese8@aol.com Kristine Downie
MIMy Havanese Pups 313-999-6447myhavanesepups@aol.com  
MILit’l One 734-424-9979bobbiearb@comcast.netBarbara ( Bobbie) Mann
MNBriarpatch Havanesehttp://www.briarpatchhavanese651-439-9602jlundeen@msn.comJeanne Lundeen
MNPicosa Havanesehttp://www.picosahavanese.com picosahavanese@msn.comCharlene Renslow
MNJefe Havanesehttp://www.jefehavanese.com Jefehavs@comcast.netCarol Krueger
MNHappy Paws Havanesehttp://www.happypawshavanese.com612-644-4085starburst112233@hotmail.comMary & Shannon Koehler
MNGingerbred Havanesehttp://www.gingerbred.com612 827 5330nona@mtn.orgNona Dietrich
MOWincroft Kennelshttp://www.wincrofthavanese.com wincrofthavs@sbcglobal.netBarbara or Michele Johannes
MOAngelheart Havanesehttp://www.angelhearthavanese.com816-916-0738angelhearthavanese@earthlink.netBill & Paula Frazier
MODJ's Havanese Puppieshttp://www.missourihavanese.com/417-753-2449mydj1952@sbcglobal.net Doris Jackson
MOHavnese Puppies 417-924-3783 dwhavanese@centurytel.net Donna Walker
MOPuetz Family Ranch Havanesehttp://www.puetzranch.com/Havanese.html417-924-2049puppies@puetzranch.com Christine Puetz
MOLos Feliz  Havanese 636-493-1043LRSoars@cs.comLisa Soars
MOWincroft Havanesehttp://www.wincroftHavanese.com636-949-5312wincrofthavs@sbcglobal.netBarbara & Michele Johannes
MTRoughriderhttp://wwwjoyoushavanese.com406-454-0537kathrynbraund@3riversdbs.netKathryn Braund
NCBelamoor Havanese 704-789-9673lslaybaugh@contourliving.comLorrilee Slaybaugh
NCCarohav Havanesehttp://www.carohavhavanese.com704-662-9701carohavhavanese@alltel.netLisa Workman
NEHollyhock Havanesehttp://www.hollyhockhavanese.com/402-336-1933 jhavanese@morcomm.net Karen Andrews
NHJubo-Leehttp://www.jubolee.com603-673-0641   jubolee@aol.comJune Hartzog
NMLos Ositoshttp://www.losositoshavanese.com505-892-9529losositoshav@yahoo.comRobin Molleur
NMOeste Havanesehttp://www.oestehavs.com505-250-6798Giddyuphorse@msn.comJulie Vogel
NMTiny Pawshttp://www.ajtinypaws.com/505-994-3974havanese2@ajtinypaws.comDonna Raynier
NVCache Havanesehttp://www.cachehavs.com havanese@cachehavs.comHeather
NYHeybernhttp://www.heybernshowdogs.com heybern@rudgers.comNancy & Lyla Rudgers
NYCeltic Irish Puppieshttp://www.celticirishpuppies.com/havanesealbum.html516-505-0824Marie@celticirishpuppies.com Marie
NYHarmony Havanese 845-348-0322harmonyhavanese@aol.comJeffrey Saltzman
NYBlossom Havanese 845-706-0956tailpuppies@aol.com Diane Moshe
NY Jeff's Havnesehttp://www.jeffshavanese.com/917-608-6213jeffshavanese@mac.com Jeffrey Blustein
OHFeliz Havanesehttp://www.felizhavanese.com419-841-3765havanese@buckeye-express.comBeth Johnson
OKWhispering Pines Treasureshttp://www.whisperingpinestreasures.com918-718-1323whisperingpinestreasures@yahoo.comBeckie & Jennifer Doyle
ORHavadoroshttp://www.havadoros.com503-641-9470regina@havadoros.comRegina Skarzinskas
ORDream Land Farmhttp://www.dreamlandfarm.com503-472-1382denise@dreamlandfarm.comDenise Bernt
ORDanza Havanesehttp://www.danzahavanese.com503-239-4339sue@danzahavanese.comSue Burns
ORHi Jynxhttp://www.hijynx.net5032346732tkarplus@comcast.netTammy Karplus
OROak Leaf Acres and Indian Springs 503-873-3728song_birds@hughes.net Christine
PAWoodland Havanesehttp://www.woodlandhavanese.com610-623-6729Hav2luvem@msn.comDiane Koch and Mary K. Mitchell
RIRoyal Flush Havanesehttp://www.riroyalflush.com/RoyalFlushHavanese.html401-364-3371havanese@cox.net Holly Anderson
SCAhavapicaro Kennelhttp://www.Ahavapicaro.homestead.com ahavapicaro@yahoo.comPatricia Mc Rae
SDPrairiwind Havanesehttp://www.prairiwindhavanese.com605/779-3331prairiwind@midstatesd.netLinda Wanamaker
SDDakota Havanese Puppieshttp://www.dakotabichon.com/dakota3.html?605-946-5786 luvmypet@siouxvalley.netCal Veurink
TNWyHaven Havanesehttp://www.wyhaven.com931-490-1555wyhaven@cpws.netCathy Wiley
TNHavanese 4 Sale  Havanese4Sale@Gmail.com 
TXJoLain Havanese http://www.JoLainHavanese.com210-658-6009jlittle@satx.rr.comJoan E. Little
TXTigerlily Havanesehttp://www.tigerlilyhavanese.com972-317-2682tigerlilyhavs@tx.rr.comCarol Hutton
TXSouthPaw Havanesehttp://www.southpawhavanese.com/Home.html936-588-3638sue@southpawhavanese.comSue Andrew
TXArgyle Havanese Puppies 214-616-5116argyle.havanese@yahoo.com Tim Terry
VADixie's Finest Havanese 804-693-9369hubbardds@aol.com Denise Hubbard
WAEsplendor Havanesehttp://www.esplendorhavanese.com253-446-6847esplendorhavanese@yahoo.comLisa Saxey
WIMueller's Woodville Kennels, Inc. 920-989-1540bruno4@tds.net Wayne Mueller
VAHCA Placement and Rescue Serviceshttp://www.havanese.org rescue@havanese.orgAnn Carille or Robin Voak
WACoast to Coast Havanesehttp://www.coasttocoasthavanese.com352-625-7926coasttocoasthavanese@yahoo.comJanet Birdsall or Lauren Goebel
WVRedwood Havanesehttp://www.redwoodhavanese.com cmillz@walla.comLaura and Chris Mills
INPayasa Havanesehttp://www.Payasa Havanese.com317-498-0270 yoyomom@payasahavanese.comMary Ann Luke  
MNPeluito Havanesehttp://www.minnesotahavanese.com651-894-3114aetzig@comcast.netArlene Etzig
VABy The Bay Havanesehttp://www.havanasilkdogsbythebay.com757 496 7987acarille@cox.netAnn Carille
NCHarlequin Havanesehttp://www.harlequinhavanese.com252-523-0322becky@harlequinhavanese.comBecky Holleman
NCHava-Havanesehttp://www.hava-havanese.com252-459-4046libbybug@suddenlink.netLibby Baker
CASebring Havanesehttp://www.sebringkennels.com661-654-8865k6ebk@aol.comMargie Haarsager
MNLordocs Havanese & Dachshunds 507-643-6644lordocs@acegroup.ccLorrie Jergenson
MDHavanese by Wepraze 410-838-3114wepraze@myway.comAshby Currie
FLYuppy Puppy Havanesehttp://www.yupshavanese.com352-625-7926myyuppypuppy@yahoo.comJanet Birdsall
NECSTA Kennelshttp://www.cstakennels.com402-201-8222cme3320@aol.comShawn Edwards
NJRuffianhttp://www.geocities.com/ruffianhavanese/609-758-1026ruffian301@verizon.netAmy Connor

Note:  You can also refer to the Havanese Club of America website. A Breeder Referral List names HCA member breeders who are reputable and who have CERF certificates on file with the organization. (This does not mean the HCA endorses them, so ultimately it is still the responsibility of the buyer to seek as much information on the breeders as possible.)
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