As much as I would LOVE to keep every Havanese that enters my home, this is not realistic! I have kept my first two Havanese, Phoebe and her daughter Maxi, who sleep with me, eat with me and spend many hours running errands with me. But beyond them I have to choose who to keep in order to continue a healthy, successful and manageable breeding program.
So, from time to time we have adult Havanese that we can no longer keep. They can be anywhere from a year to five years old. Havanese have a wonderfully long life expectancy…14 years on average. So even a five year old will have many wonderful years with its new family! And these dogs will have grown out of their “puppyness.”
Here are the possible scenarios:
1.Maybe the dog is a show prospects that didn’t quite make the grade but is still beautiful, healthy, happy Havanese. This dog will be fully health tested, checked by my veterinarian, current on all vaccinations and neutered before leaving me.
2.Maybe a boy that we have shown to his AKC Championships now needs a different home. Having more than one boy in a breeding household can cause all kinds of problems. So, while we may still want to breed them to our girls, we need to place them in a different home.
These boys are offered with a stud contract that stipulates they be kept intact (not neutered) for a period of time. I co-own the dog during this period (generally about 2 years) after which the dog is wholly owned by its new family and can be neutered. The upside is that the family will be compensated each time I use their boy for stud.
3. Or maybe it is a girl I’m finished breeding that, again, is beautiful, healthy and happy….and an AKC Champion! This dog will also be fully health tested, checked by my veterinarian, current on all vaccinations and neutered before leaving me.
I have to admit I am extremely picky who I place these dogs with. Like my puppies, they are my babies. But they are also heart dogs that have spent much more time with me. Fortunately I have a very good sense of their personalities, temperaments and quirks.
If you are interested in being notified should other adult Havanese become available please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.