Eukanuba dog show with Flame, Long Beach, CA
Here's some information about HighMoon Havanese and also a few things that are very important to me: Showing my dogs, Breeding healthy dogs to the AKC Standards, Making sure all puppies are placed in a quality safe home, All pet or companion puppies are sold on a spay/neuter contract, All of our puppies come with a 3 year health guarantee, Any of our puppies can be returned at anytime.....NO Questions asked, Health Testing the sires and dam, Potty Training your puppy, Vaccinations and Nutrition. We also help rescue the less fortunate Havanese. All breeders should reach out and be prepared to help with rescue in any way they can.
I saw my first Havanese at a dog show several years ago and decided that I would love to add one to our family. Where can I find a Havanese puppy? Soon I found a darling little black Havanese puppy and we were off to dog shows every weekend. Whether you are good at showing your own dogs or you hire handlers, you sort of get hooked on dog shows. The competition is great fun. I finished my first Havanese to his Championship by hiring some great handlers and then I searched for my next Havanese. It went on like this for a couple of years and then I decided to take my Champion dogs, health test them and start a breeding program. I take breeding healthy puppies very seriously. Everything we do at our house seems to revolve around our little Havanese. I have only one breed at my home, the Havanese, and we have no kennels. Our puppies are raised in my home where they are socialized by our family, extended family and friends.
It is important that all of our puppies are happy and well adjusted and will never be left at an animal shelter. That's in our contract and we carefully screen all interested puppy buyers so hopefully this never happens. It is a well known fact that the biggest reason dogs are left at shelters is because they are not potty trained. Their owners just give up. Havanese puppies are smart and very clever but they do have small bladders and eliminate several times a day. The best time to take your puppy outside to go potty is right after they wake up, after eating, after playing, as soon as they are let out of their crate, before bed time and a few times in between. Watch for their signs that they have to go. They are trying to tell you. Use the same command consistently like "Go Potty" or "Go Pee" and give lots of praise when they do a good job. House training a Toy breed puppy takes time, patience and love. Many puppy owners become frustrated. We hope to eliminate your frustrations by telling you about Potty Park. Our puppies will be started on the Potty Park at the age of 3-4 weeks old. For you that means no more worries that your puppy will be eliminating on your carpet or rugs at home and should make housetraining much easier.
HOUSE VISIT AND PICKING OUT A PUPPY
I love to have prospective puppy buyers visit our home. When puppies are 4- 6 weeks old is a perfect time to visit! I welcome all pre-approved puppy buyers (see my questionnaire to be pre-approved). Appointments are prefered and often I have open houses so everyone can come on one weekend. You can pick a puppy in person or by photos if that is more convenient. If it is necessary to ship a puppy, I will travel with the pup from the Sacramento Airport to your nearest major airport. Shipping is paid for by the puppy buyer but I will provide a crate. My puppies come with a well puppy check up from my Vet, their first vaccinations, wormed, AKC registration 'Limited,' for pet puppies and a spay/neuter contract with a 2 year health guarantee, a lifetime return guarantee forever. If you have a life change and can no longer take care of your puppy call me. Show puppies are sold with full AKC Registration and a Show contract. I will not sell to Commercial Breeders or Puppy Mills. I will not sell puppies to back yard breeders who want to keep an intact male or female with full registration to breed someday.
I am happy to help you pick out the right puppy for you. Please complete my questionnaire and tell me something about you.
Soft and cuddly, our Havanese come in all colors.......even the rare chocolate
At home with the Havies
WHAT IS A DOG SHOW?
The first Conformation dog show was held in Newcastle-upon-tyne, England in 1859. This competition, also referred to as 'breed shows' is for exhibitors to show their breeding stock to a judge that is familiar with a specific dog breed. The judge evaluates individual purebred dogs for how well they conform to the established breed standard for their breed. Championships are awarded to dogs who have passed through a process of selection at dog shows. A dog earns a championship with wins from a number of shows where a judge evaluates a dog and how closely the dog approaches the ideal represented in it's breed's standard. In AKC a dog receives it's championship from AKC after earning fifteen points. Included in the fifteen points must be two majors. When you see a CH in front of a dog's name that refers to the dog being a "Champion." HighMoon Havanese dogs are bred as close to the AKC Standards as possible and we shy away from changing the look of our original Havanese or breeding to what is viewed as currently fashionable. We breed for sound healthy dogs with good structure, a beautiful coat and happy wonderful temperaments.
AKC Standards for Havanese
We are proud members and associated with these fine clubs:
Gold Country Havanese Club, Inc
Gold Country Havanese Rescue, Inc
Sacramento Valley Dog Fanciers Association
American Kennel Club
Breeders cannot genetically engineer puppies and it is not that uncommon for Havanese and other breeds to have some health issues. Purebred dogs and mixed breeds all have health issues. One is not healthier over the other. The only difference is that health statistics for purebreds are collected and documented in data bases like the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) and the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC). As far as I know, there are no centers/organizations collecting health information on the mixed breed dogs. Some breeders breeding the mix breeds and designer dogs state their dogs are healthier than the purebred dogs. That is simply untrue. Where is the proof? Unfortunatley most mix breeds have never been health tested and Veterinarians see plenty of mix breed dogs with inherited health problems. Good breeders use health testing as a tool to make wise breeding decisions when pairing a sire and dam for breeding and would never knowlingly breed two affected dogs together. The Havanese breed's most common health issues are Juvenile Cataracts and Luxating Patellas (knee cap slippage). Good breeders are trying to eliminate as many health problems as possible so everyone's puppy will have a long and healthy life. There are four main health tests the Havanese Club of America (HCA) recommends all breeders do before breeding their sires and dams: BAER for hearing, Eye Cerf (annual exam), Hips x-rayed and graded by OFA and Patellas manually manipulated for knee cap slippage. When all 4 tests are completed, at the age of 2 years old or older, a dog can be awarded an OFA CHIC # from the Canine Health Information Center. At HighMoon Havanese we are starting to add some additional health tests for our own personal use such as Thyroid, Cardio, Elbows and Bile Acid. Many Havanese breeders have voluntarily health tested their dogs to help eliminate health problems and are participating in group studies.
Our Cordelia won an Award of Merit at Westminster
DIET AND NUTRITION
Wholesome nutrition is the key to maintaining a healthy immune system and resistance to disease. Some commercial foods fed on a regular basis may not be balanced in terms of nutrients and vitamins, and some continue to add chemicals to enhance it's shelf life. Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances and exposure to chemical, drugs and toxins are known to challenge and suppress the immune function (immune deficiency and allergies). Do feed your Havanese a healthy diet. You can try a Commercial diet, Homemade or Raw diet but make sure it includes all of the nutrition your dog needs to sustain a healthy, active life. Dogs susceptible to thyroid and autoimmune diseases seem to do well on a diet containing premium cereals, fresh vegetables, yogurt or low fat cottage cheese, a variety of meats and whitefish and natural vitamins E and C rather than chemicals to preserve the food. It has been proven that dogs on a healthy diet have less health problems and live longer.
THE PRAYER OF A STRAY
Please send me somebody who will care!
I am tired of running, I am sick with despair.
My body is aching; it is so racked with pain
and, Dear God, I pray as I run in the rain
that someone will love me and give me a home,
a warm cozy bed and a big juicy bone.
My last owner tied me all day in the yard,
sometimes with no water and boy that was hard!
So I chewed my leash and I ran away
to rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now I am tired and hungry and cold
and I am so afraid that I will never grow old.
They have chased me with sticks and hit me with stones
while I run the streets just looking for bones.
I'm not really bad God, please help if you can,
for I have become a "victim of man."
I am wormy and ridden with fleas
and all that I want is an owner to please.
If you find one for me,I'll try to be good
and I won't chew their shoes but I'll do as I should.
I'll love them, protect them and try to obey
when they tell me to sit, lie down or to stay.
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own,
because I am getting so week and I am so alone.
Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry
cuz I am so afraid that I am going to die!
I've got so much love and devotion to give
that I should be given a new chance to live.
So please Dear God, please answer my prayer
and send me someone who WILL really care
Written by B. Davanport
If interested in a Rescue Dog, contact Gold Country Havanese Rescue Inc.
Don't impulse buy. Often the best puppy for you is well worth waiting for. It takes time tp prepare your house for a new puppy. Don't support Pet Stores, Puppy Mills, Backyard Breeders, EBay classified ads, etc.. It doesn't cost more to purchase a puppy that is well socialized, and much loved from a Quality Breeder that will do all they can to provide healthy happy puppies and make sure each puppy is placed in wonderful caring homes. To find a reputable breeder check with your local Havanese Club's Breeder Referal Lists and the National Havanese Club of America. Check references and do your homework.
On a limited budget for your puppy? Then, adopt a shelter or rescue dog, or offer to make payments to your breeder. If not, you will end up finding out just how much your Puppy Mill dog will end up costing you. Puppy Mill dogs are now being sold on nice, clever websites where you think you are buying from a good breeder. You have to do your homework.