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We are Robin Gillespie and Buddy Wood.

We're located west of Gainesville, Florida

the Gilwood Gang

October 2008

The Havanese that reside at Gilwood

   In 2000 we got our first havanese and fell head over heels in love. Now there's no turning back.

When looking for our first havanese we were asked if we wanted to show and breed....something that had never crossed our minds before. We thought about it (not fully understanding all the implications) and our addiction started. 

Bella was that havanese. She stole our hearts. Little did we know that we'd eventually be making plans to have many more fill our home with love and lots of laughter and joy.

It's been one hell of a learning experience. What we orginally thought would be simple has been nothing but amazing.


We honestly did not see this coming. They have become our passion.

Please keep in mind that even though we happen to think the havanese breed is spectacular they aren't the perfect dog for every person or lifestyle. Yes, they are truly wonderful companions but they do require more than the average amount of attention and grooming. These little characters don't do well if left alone for extended periods of time and need to be an integral part of the family in order to thrive. (Separation anxiety is not unheard in this breed.)

They are very intelligent and can charm the hardest of hearts.

Also... please do your research on the havanese breed, their characteristics and other issues (such as health issues) that can and do affect them before you bring that adorable bundle of fluff home. Don't hesitate to ask questions of breeders. It's better to be forearmed with knowledge than be sorry after the fact. 

Bonneterre Caribbean Dream


the Grand Dam of Gilwood


CH Gilwood's Hellzapoppin'



CH Gilwood Firpo of Sugarhill


GCH Gilwood's Lord of the Rings


Gilwood Peachy Keen


El Morro Senorita Sasha of Gilwood


Gilwood Wicked Alice at Mi Casa


Gilwood She's Only Rock and Roll


Gilwood Kracker Jack of El Morro


Gilwood Remarkable


Gilwood Hot Stuff


Last but certainly not least, the girls who really run the show here......

Bella, Sidney and Naima

Health issues precluded them from participating in our breeding program.

(RIP Sidney... you are missed.)

  The Irish Red and White Setter at Gilwood

After losing our beloved boxer Jake, it took a few years but we'd finally begun to consider getting a large dog. Problem was we could never make up our minds as to what breed. Both Buddy and I have had large dogs in the past but we wanted something new....a dog that would thoroughly take advantage of the open space our property has to offer.   

In 2008 when looking at the AKC miscellaneous group we saw THAT dog. After researching and talking with various breeders we found our Quinn.

Moonstone Derbail



You can email us at

or call Buddy at 352-474-0993

If you've read to the bottom of our homepage I'd like to offer information regarding the current efforts by certain organizations to regulate our love of animals. Two of these organizations are very well known for their 'love' of animals. While in theory they evoke a warm fuzzy feeling, in reality they want to eliminate the notion of having pets. Please, I implore you to take the time to minimally, skim through these two links from to familiarize yourselves with both sides of this emotional issue. 



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