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Havanese Puppy Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do I need to purchase for my new puppy? Do you have any recommendations?
  • Why the differnence in Havanese puppy pricing?
  • Does it make a difference whether I choose a male or a female?
  • Will my Havanese puppy get along with my children and other pets?
  • What are all the color options of the Havanese breed?
  • Are Havanese puppies easily house-broken?
  • What size are Havanese adults?
  • Will you deliver my new puppy to me?
  • How can I contact Utah Havanese Puppies?
  • Do you always have puppies available?
  • Do you have a health guarantee?
  • Do you do health testing?
  • Are your dogs AKC registered?
  • Where do Havanese come from?
  • How are Havanese for apartment dogs? Do they need a lot of exercise?
  • I work. Do I have time to take care of a puppy?
  • Do your Havanese puppies have straight, curly, or wavy hair?
  • How can I find and choose a responsible Havanese breeder?
  • Why should I choose a Havanese puppy over other toy breeds?
  • What is the difference between limited and full AKC registration?
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    What do I need to purchase for my new Havanese puppy? Do you have any recommendations?

    There are a variety of things your new puppy will need to have available in your home. To try to make the process easier on both you and the puppy, we went out and found a few of our favorite items and compiled them into a list on Amazon.com to make it easier for you to find, allowing you to spend less time worrying, and more time with your new little puppy! To see a list of our recommendations, visit this page. We have set it up in order to allow you, if you choose, to purchase in an easy and secure way through Amazon via our website.


    Why the Difference in Havanese Puppy Pricing?

    This is one of the most common questions we are asked. The answer is simple and makes sense. I'll abridge the long answer to save you time in your search for the perfect companion. The prices are different basically due to the type of breeder and the heritage of the puppy. Let me explain:

    Cheap up to $1200
    Puppies priced from very cheap up to about $1200 are generally being raised in puppy mills or by backyard breeders or come from puppy brokers.  Many have lost the qualities of the Havanese from poor breeding.  Many are "line" or "inbred" which can lead to health and genetic problems.  Puppies that are born and raised in this environment are not held, loved or socialized.

    Summed up:   Poor quality breeding and environment, health problems, not socialized.  Generally these puppies can have poor health and behavior problems.

    These Havanese breeders are your reputable breeders.  Most perform Health and Genetic testing on their adult dogs before they ever consider breeding them.  The dogs are raised in their homes where they are well looked after and get lots of tender loving care.  You will find the price their puppies anywhere from about $1,200-$1,800.  These Havanese breeders take dog breeding seriously and want to perfect the breed.  They use good judgment in determining which dogs to breed to produce the best Havanese puppy for you.   Their puppies are all purebred Havanese and come with American Kennel Club (AKC) registration papers.  They also give a written Health and Genetic guarantee which protects you and your puppy.   Many of these dogs have show potential, but are being sold for a pet price. This is a great value for your buck.

    Summed up: Good price for an excellent quality puppy.  Will most likely have excellent health and good temperament.

    $1,800 and Up
    The last group of Havanese breeders basically breed for the same qualities and goals as the second group.  The only difference is that their dogs are being shown in competitions around the country.   This seems to be the competitive group.  These breeders tend to price their puppies higher for the same quality puppy as the reputable breeders. They feel that since their dogs have achieved champion status that the offspring of those dogs are worth more.

    Summed up:   Higher price for an excellent quality puppy.  Will most likely have excellent health and good temperament.

    In Conclusion:
    The best quality puppy for your dollar is purchasing one from a reputable breeder with a price between $1,200-$1,800.
    If this is out of your price range then we suggest that you look for a different breed that has good qualities, but that aren't as much.

    Difference Between Male and Female Puppies?

    Answer: Not a whole lot. For most people, they tend to get the gender of the dog that they grew up with, etc. However, there seems to be quite a few more people who for some reason want a female Havanese. Many seem to think that a female will be more cuddly, or less rowdy. This is not the case. In fact, it may be the opposite.

    If the concern is that a little boy Havanese will develop lifting-of-the-leg habits or dominant behavior, there is no need to fear. If that little puppy is neutered at five or six months of age, he will never actually develop any of those habits.

    Female dogs, although they don't appear to, actually do go through a dry cycle and have those hormones going on. Sometimes that will make them less cuddly than maybe you'd like when you feel like sitting down and petting them.

    In conclusion, there is not a huge difference between the genders. They are all sweethearts! But like we always say, "A female will love you, but a male will be in love with you!"

    Will my Havanese Puppy get along with my children and other pets?


    The answer is a resounding yes! Havanese get along with everybody: they adore children, dogs, even cats! The Havanese simply conform to the mood of those around them. If those around him are playing and running, he will jump right in and have a ball. But, if those around him are sitting down to watch a movie or just cuddle, he is more than happy to do so.

    Havanese are not confrontational in the least. They love peace and happiness and never look to start fights with anybody.

    What are the color options for the Havanese breed?

    The answer is many. Black, white, sable, chocolate, champagne, cream, silver, brindle... and everything in between!

    The official American Kennel Club colors allowed for the Havanese are as follows:

    Black Havanese Puppies
    Black and Silver Havanese Puppies
    Black and Tan Havanese Puppies
    Black and Brindle Havanese Puppies
    Blue Havanese Puppies
    Blue Brindle Havanese Puppies
    Chocolate Havanese Puppies
    Cream Havanese Puppies
    Fawn Havanese Puppies
    Gold Havanese Puppies
    Gold Brindle Havanese Puppies
    Gold Sable Havanese Puppies
    Red Havanese Puppies
    Red Brindle Havanese Puppies
    Red Sable Havanese Puppies
    Silver Havanese Puppies
    Silver Brindle Havanese Puppies
    White Havanese Puppies
    Black & Silver Brindle Havanese Puppies
    Black & Tan Brindle Havanese Puppies
    Chocolate Brindle Havanese Puppies
    Chocolate Sable Havanese Puppies
    Fawn Brindle Puppies
    Fawn Sable Puppies
    Silver Sable Puppies

    Plus, they can have all kinds of markings mixed in:

    Cream Markings on a Havanese Puppy
    Irish Pied Havanese Puppy
    Parti Belton Havanese Puppy
    Parti-Color Havanese Puppy
    Silver Markings on a Havanese Puppy
    Silver Points on a Havanese Puppy
    Tan Points on a Havanese Puppy
    White Markings on a Havanese Puppy

    Are Havanese Puppies Easily House-Broken?

    We have our puppies paper-trained before they leave our home for their new one. We also begin crate-training them for overnights! The Havanese were in fact circus dogs. They are highly trainable. In our experience, they are the most easlily trainable dogs we have ever had, so there is no worry there!

    For your convenience, we have a 6-Step Crate-Training program.

    This sounds very simple to some, however, there are some tricks to crate training your Havanese puppy. Successfully crate training your Havanese puppy isn't a matter of luck. It is a matter of well-thought-out proven methods. This training technique tends to be more easily achieved and permanent.  It has been called the Success Method. It is designed to give you, the puppy owner, a simple yet proven way to help your Havanese puppy develop clean living habits and a feeling of security in his or her new environment.

    6 Steps to Successful Crate Training
    These thoughts are taken from “Havanese” A Kennel Club Book.
    If you are interested in this book please let us know.

    Tell your Havanese Puppy “Crate time!” and place him in the crate with a small treat (a piece of cheese or half of a biscuit). Let him stay in the crate for five minutes while you are in the same room.  Then release him and praise lavishly.  Never release him when he is fussing.  Wait until he is quiet before you let him out.
    Repeat Step 1 several times a day.
    The next day, place the puppy in the crate as before.  Let him stay there for ten minutes. Do this several times.
    Continue building time in five-minute increments until the puppy stays in his crate for 30 minutes with you in the room.  Always take him to his relief area after prolonged periods in his crate.
    Now go back to Step 1 and let the puppy stay in his crate for five minutes, this time while you are out of the room.Once again, build crate time in five-minute increments with you out of the room.
    When the puppy will stay willingly in his crate (he may even fall asleep!) for 30 minutes with you out of the room, he will be ready to stay in it for several hours at a time.

    Helpful Hint:

    Consistency is the biggest tip of all.  Always take your havanese puppy to the same location, always use the same command and always have the dog on lead when he is in his relief area, unless a fenced-in yard is available.
    By following the Success Method, your havanese puppy will be completely house-broken by the time his muscle and brain development reach maturity.  Keep in mind that small breeds usually mature faster than large breeds, but all puppies should be trained by six months of age.
    Check the American Kennel Club, AKC, website for additional tips. www.AKC.org

    What Size are Havanese Adults?

    Havanese, as adults, are going to be somewhere between 7 and 13 pounds, according to AKC standard.

    We breed our Havanese puppies to be medium to small in size. AKC standard requires 8-12 pounds as adults, we keep our Havanese at about 9 pounds. They are 10 inches tall at the withers, also in accordance to AKC standard. Our breeding program holds true to the original Havanese by keeping their babydoll faces! 

    Will You Deliver My New Havanese Puppy to Me?

    We will work around your preferences and special conditions to get your new Havanese puppy. If feasible, we will do everything we can to work with you. You are welcome to come and pick up the new puppy from our home, or we are able to drive and meet you halfway along your trip (weekends are usually best for this). Because we place Havanese puppies in their homes across America, meeting to deliver your Havanese puppy is not always possible. In cases like this, we are able to ship the Havanese puppy via passenger plane, where they can be attended to and where we can be sure they are safe. There should be no worry about doing this. We will not ship a puppy who we or our veterinarian does not deem safe to fly. When a Havanese puppy reaches 8 weeks old, assuming the puppy is healthy enough both physically and mentally, he will have no problems flying to you and your family.


    How Can I Contact Utah Havanese Puppies?

    Simply visit our Contact Us page and send us either a Quick Email, give us a call, or even shoot us a text! We and the Havanese puppies look forward to hearing from you!


    Do You Always Have Puppies Available?

    Unfortunately, we do not always have puppies available for new homes. We only breed our family pets, and we don't like to burden them with always being pregnant. However, if you contact us, we can point you in a good direction to a good, reputable breeder. Also unfortunately, we have come across a few not-so-reputable breeders who do not always seem to be so. We want you to have the best experience possible with your new little Havanese puppy, so even if we don't have a Havanese puppy for you, please don't hesitate to ask us about them.

    We like to keep our Available Havanese Puppies page up-to-date as much as possible. However, it isn't always exactly up-to-date with all of the Havanese puppies we have. If you are looking for something in particular and you don't see it on the Available Havanese Puppies page, we might have a younger puppy who is not quite ready for his/her new home yet, etc. who has not yet been put up on the website!


    Do You Have a Health Guarantee on the Havanese Puppies?

    Absolutely we health guarantee our Havanese puppies. Any reputable breeder does this. Please see Our Guarantees page to read more.


    Will You Deliver My New Havanese Puppy to Me?

    We will work around your preferences and special conditions to get your new Havanese puppy. If feasible, we will do everything we can to work with you. You are welcome to come and pick up the new puppy from our home, or we are able to drive and meet you halfway along your trip (weekends are usually best for this). Because we place Havanese p


    Do You Health Test the Havanse Dogs?

    Yes. We do everything under the sun for our Havanese dogs: eyes, luxating patellas, ears, hearts, and a general health test for anything else that might be amiss regularly. The Havanese puppies are also checked by a veterinarian. We give the puppies their first set of shots before they leave us. We are very confident in the health of all our Havanese dogs and Havanese puppies. If you have any other questions about this, feel free to ask.


    Are Your Havanese Dogs AKC registered?

    Yes. Our Havanese dogs (the adults) and AKC registered and we are able to register the Havanese puppies as well. We wait until they are given a name by the new owner to put that on their AKC registration papers. We breed in accordance with AKC standard very strictly and take it very seriously, for the Havanese breed's sake, as well as for you and your new Havanese puppy's sake.


    Where does the Havanese Breed Come From?

    As a brief overview: The Havanese are known to have existed from as early as 1 A.D. They originated in Spain, where they traveled to Cuba as fine gifts, given to royalty. The Havanese breed is best known for being from Havana, Cuba as they are Cuba's only native breed. During the Cuban revolution, 11 little Havanese traveled to the Americas with their well-to-do owners. All the Havanese in the United States now have originated from those original 11 Havanese dogs.

    For a more detailed description, please visit our Havanese Breed Information page.


    Do Havanese Puppies Make Good Apartment Dogs? Do Havanese Dogs Need a Lot of Exercise?

    Havanese puppies and dogs are absolutely the perfect apartment dog. First, despite being a toy breed, they are not yappy! Havanese dogs do not shed. Havanese dogs do not need a lot of exercise to be happy and healthy. Havanese dogs used to be circus dogs, and they train very easily. We paper train our Havanese puppies before they leave our home to go to their new one. If you are looking for a toy breed apartment dog, look no further. These little dogs were made for apartment living!


    I Work. Do I Have Time to Take Care of a Havanese Puppy?

    In a perfect world, no one would have to work and we all would be able to stay at home and take care of our families and our new puppies! Of course, this world is far from perfect. That doesn't mean you don't deserve the joy of a new puppy!

    While an important thing for a puppy's training is consistency, that doesn't mean that you can't work around your schedule. Don't let the training dictate all of your time. Start the training before you go to work, go to work, and come home and pick up where you left off. It seems simple, but that's because it is. There is no need to make things complicated regarding taking care of your new Havanese puppy. Just enjoy him or her. Your Havanese puppy lives to make you happy. Let him!


    Do Your Havanese Puppies Have Straight, Curly, or Wavy Hair?

    You might find a Havanese' hair comes in two ways: straight or curly. A straight-haired Havanese is comparable to a woman with long, straight hair with just no body. A curly-haired Havanese is like poodle hair and mats very quickly and very easily. We like to keep a happy medium. We have wavy-haired Havanese puppies, like the woman with long straight hair getting a body wave! That hair doesn't mat very easily and makes for a cute and fluffy puppy, without all of that maintenance!



    How can I find and choose a responsible Havanese breeder?

    There are a few things that are the most important to look out for when choosing a breeder from which to choose your Havanese puppy. First off, make sure your breeder is knowledgeable, educated, and respectful toward you. We realize that this is a very important decision to you and your family, and we want to help you in your decision as well as after you have received your Havanese puppy. You don't want to get stuck with someone who just wants your business and then isn't willing to help you out when you have questions!

    Second, make sure your breeder is a reputable one. Ask them if they offer a health guarantee for your puppy, and what kind of training they will have gotten before going home to you. Make sure your breeder lets the little Havanese puppy stay with his mom and littermates until he is ready to go home with you at 8 weeks old. Your breeder should be proud of their dogs and puppies and is willing to answer any of your questions or help you with any perceived problems.

    MAKE SURE your Havanese breeder is not a puppy mill! If you get the slightest feeling that they are one, stay away. A puppy mill is willing to part with their puppies for a very minimal cost, simply because of the volume of dogs they produce. A puppy mill puppy is not likely to have any of the qualities that people love about the Havanese breed because of inbreeding, poor living conditions, and lack of love and socializing. The Havanese puppy is likely to have training, socializing, and bonding issues as well as health issues.


    We sell rare Havanese puppies nationwide and are available for safe shipment. We have placed puppies in many searching families and parties including:

    Havanese Puppies in Utah
    Havanese Puppies in California
    Havanese Puppies in New York, New York
    Havanese Puppies in Pennsylvania
    Havanese Puppies in Florida
    Havanese Puppies in Nevada
    Havanese Puppies in Arizona
    Havanese Puppies in Idaho
    Havanese Puppies in Washington
    Havanese Puppies in Texas
    Havanese Puppies in Colorado
    Havanese Puppies in Wyoming
    Havanese Puppies in Montana
    Havanese Puppies in New Mexico
    Havanese Puppies in Oregon

    Or if you are looking for a Havanese puppy breeder or Havanese puppies for sale.

    If you have any other questions for us or would like us to explain it to you over the phone, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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