A standard of honesty, excellence, and family.
What does that mean to us?
I have lived with dogs all my life and was responsible for a dog before I was out of college. When I met and owned my first Havanese, I knew I wanted to continue the experience. Dogs cannot speak for themselves, but if you truly listen you can know what they want. I make sure that every dog I own has access to the greatest care I can provide. It is with this attitude that I established my breeding program.
I studied the Havanese Standard both in Europe and the United States. Since 2008 I have worked hard to produce Havanese as close to standard as possible. Though I breed only once a year on average, I work towards that goal every day. I choose my matings very carefully, selecting as perfect a match as possible for the best quality pups, both in personality and conformation (how they are built).
All my breeding dogs are thoroughly tested. When offering my stud-dogs for service I reveal all problems I know of. If there is any health problem in a litter, I will pass any information on to all owners of pups from that litter. Luckily, I have not produced pups with any major problems from litters I have produced champion dogs from almost every litter I have planned.
Because I am a small-time breeder, with a single litter per year on average, each puppy out of my breeding program is special. They are treated as family. My pet dogs stay with me longer than any breeder I know, placed at 4 months rather than the average 2 of other breeders.
I keep my puppies a little longer for multiple reasons, among which are: to fully begin socialisation and potty-training, and ensure that shots are given so that they do not interfere with the natural immunities passed on by the mother. I wait one week after the last series of vaccinations to give them their rabies shot and chip. When the puppy is chosen and taken into its new family, the AKC papers are all filled out with their new chosen name and the chip is registered to the new owner.