While we encourage potentials families to visit we ask that you do not come if you have just visited a pet store or another breeder's home. Our puppies have yet to be vaccinated and for that reason we are unwilling to expose them to any potential risk.
Your cooperation is truly appreciated.
All AKC puppies are sold on either a full or limited registration. With very few exceptions, all of our puppies are sold on an AKC Limited Registration. That means that the puppies can not be shown in AKC conformation events (dog shows), and if bred, the offspring can not be registered with the AKC.
These dogs can be and are shown in AKC obedience, agility, and rally trials, and they also make wonderful therapy dogs. Our puppies that are sold on a Limited Registration will be required to be spayed or neutered at an appropriate age. A spay/neuter clause is part of our contract. These puppies are wonderful havanese, make wonderful companions and are loved as treasured pets.
Dogs sold on AKC Full Registration are able to be shown in AKC conformation events and if bred, their offspring are able to be registered with AKC. These puppies are looked at as "show potential".
Because it is not obvious at birth which puppies will be show potential the whole litter is constantly observed for temperament, traits, and conformation qualities. At about 8 weeks of age the puppies are temperament tested and examined and evaluated for structure (conformation) using the havanese breed standard as a guide. Those puppies that evaluate closest to the havanese breed standard are considered "show potential".
Keep in mind there is no such thing as a perfect dog, ALL dogs have faults. We breed each litter always with the idea of keeping the best.
Our ultimate goal is to produce puppies that closely adhere to the AKC Havanese Breed Standard, so that in theory, they would all be wonderful representation of the breed no matter what registration they are sold under.
It is for the above reasons puppies in a litter will not be assigned to anyone until a minimum of 8 weeks of age. By that time we are able to offer you a better description of each puppy's temperament and personality so we can assist in finding that perfect match for you and your puppy.
Feel free to contact either Buddy or Robin with questions regarding havanese. We love to talk "Havanese" and if we don't know the answer we will try to find it.