What's a Havanese?
Each breed recognized by the American Kennel Club has a written Standard, describing how the dog should look, move, behave... essentially the essence of the dog breed. The first two sentences of the Havanese Standard speak volumes:
The Havanese is a small, sturdy dog of immense charm. The native dog of Cuba, he is beloved as a friendly, intelligent and playful companion.
Keep these words in mind as you're looking for a Havanese to join your family. And read through the entire Standard (below), to help you understand all the moving parts that make up this breed.
Looking for a Havanese?
You will likely find lots of "cute" Havanese sites on line, but many may not be safe choices. Some may be "high volume breeders" (aka puppy mills) masquerading as having home-raised puppies. Others may be brokerage services. selling puppies for a variety of breeders. Often these types of sites do not stand behind their dogs, which may or may not be from genetically healthy parents. And, perhaps worst, there are scammers, who may not have puppies at all (just photos), or who have "stolen" legitimate names of parents to sell puppies of sketchy origins. Buyer Beware! The Havanese Club of America website has educational information for puppy buyers - please check it out!
OTHC BREEDER DIRECTORY
The Breeders listed below are members in good standing of the Oregon Trail Havanese Club. Breeders may periodically have puppies or adult dogs available. OTHC does not recommend any specific Breeder, and takes no responsibility for agreements made with any Breeder. Potential buyers should research the breed and then ask specific questions of any Breeder prior to entering into a purchase agreement.
Denise Bernt * Dream Land Havanese
Lynn Owens * Contigo Havanese
Debbi Foust * Wysteria Havanese
Grand Coulee, Washington
Roz Shroyer * MapleCreek Havanese
Laura Vivalo * Grandview Havanese
Cindy Walker * Andorra Havanese
Deer Island, Oregon
If you are still looking for the Havanese of your dreams, here are some alternative sources. Again, it is vital that you do your research before purchasing any puppy or dog.
Havanese Rescue, Inc: https://www.havaneserescue.com/
HRI is a national rescue, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Cascade Havanese Club Breeder Directory: http://www.cascadehavanese.org/Breeders.html
CHC is the local Havanese club in the Seattle, Washington area. Only club breeder-members are listed.
Havanese Club of America Breeder Directory: https://havanese.org/breeder-directory
HCA is the AKC Parent Club for the Havanese breed. Only breeders who have been HCA members for 2+ years may be listed.
AKC Marketplace: https://marketplace.akc.org/
Only AKC registered puppies may be listed.