I guess the title pretty much sums it up. My wife and I(here more than me) want a lap dog. We researched several breeds, and have settled on the Havanese. I found a couple breeders in the state, but none that didn't raise several red flags. Just wondering if anybody knows of a good quality breeder in the Pacific Northwest?
BTW my major red flags were things like "we don't sell to show homes...but may to breeding homes under special circumstances" and "we dont send puppies home with papers to prevent them going to puppy mills"
First, look for a breeder who shows. Or try to find out when the next show in your area is and attend the show and seek out Havanese breeders you can meet and talk with. Make sure the puppies are raised in the breeders home, not a kennel building. Ideally, they should only be raising Havanese and maybe one other breed.
Sending a puppy home without papers isn't a big deal - but you should know that you'll be getting the registration papers after you have spayed/neutered your pet. It's common practice for a breeder with a spay/neuter clause to require proof of alteration before they release the paperwork (other registries will take AKC limited papers and allow breeders to register with them for breeding). There is NO reason for you to never receive the registration papers.
Don't necessarily rule out shipping a puppy. A lot of good breeders do ship. Sometimes it's easier to find a reputable breeder and ship a puppy in than to locate one locally (in my case - I'm in the midwest where good breeders are few and far between. I have to drive 5-6 hours from me to find another reputable Sheltie breeder). Just make sure you screen ANY breeder you use. Look for a good health guarantee (ideally, at least 2 years). Expect them to do something other than JUST breed (at least be a member of your breed club or local AKC chapter). Ask for references. Ask to see multiple pictures of the puppies. Ask about breed specific health problems.
But your best place to start is either a show, contacting your local AKC chapter for a breeder referral, or contacting the Havanese breed club for a breeder referral. These clubs have regulations and standards that the hold their members to. Not all are the best breeders in the world - but it's a good starting point as most are responsible breeders.
There is nothing wrong with breeders not giving you papers before you spay or neuter the dog. Reason being, even if they give you limited registration, you could still take those papers and register the dog and then their puppies with any number of registries. The limited registration does nothing to prevent breeding. In the end the papers are only good for registering offspring, and yu dont actually need them. The best way to prevent puppies from getting into the wrong hands is to deny papers until the dog has been altered. I think perhaps you need to reconsider your red flags. How many breeds do they have, are the parents health tested, where did the breeding dogs come from? If they were imported from Russia or the Ukraine, run, don't walk. Do they live in the house, what are they fed? Check them out and make sure they are not a USDA registered kennel. You can look on their website If they are, stay clear. Above all use common sense. If you find a breeder that you like and are comfortable with and they have great pup, then you might consider shipping. I would rather ship a dog from a person I trusted than to buy somethng local that I did not. Shipping if done appropriately is not bad. Good luck!
It didn't mention them sending papers home after a spay or neuter contract was fulfilled, it just said they dont send papers home. I think this kennel was the one I saw that mentioned not using contracts at all. I know about the major signs of good breeders, being one myself, I was just curious to see if there are any good breeders in this area. I am also definitely not above driving several hours or even a day to look at a kennel and/or pick up a dog. All of my pups I personally hand deliver so driving isn't a huge factor for me, I just know that word of mouth is the best advertisement.
You may want to contact the local vets offices and ask them if anyone in the area has Havanese? Perhaps they can put you in touch with someone that owns a Havanese and thus you can find out about the various breeders in the area. Ask where they got their dogs from, if they were happy with the breeder.
It's worth a shot. They are a beautiful little dog.
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