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Why I became a Havanese Breeder

by Mary Fincher on 08/06/23

I've always loved dogs. My first dog as a child was a female dog who came home with our dad.  My dad said a man gave our family this female beagle mix medium size dog because he could no longer take care of her. She was so sweet, never barked and a bit shy. Thinking she just needed time to adjust to us. As the days when by we tried calling her by different names but she would just ignore us. My dad came home from work one day and called TRIXIE and our new dog came running right to him. After that she would always come when we called her with tail wagging and lots of kisses.

It was at that moment I realized dogs have much more intelligence than I had ever known. I got married and had children and had dogs but never found the perfect companion dog who loved humans and was the right fit for our family.

About 14 years ago we were blessed with having grandchildren and I was ready for a dog that was friendly with small children. We needed a dog that was hypoallergenic, non-shedding fur coats and most of all had the temperament we were looking for. We came across the havanese breed through the AKC website. The more we read about this breed it sounded perfect for our family. However, at that time the breed was not available and well known. After some research we found Gus from Hungry a little white havanese and he joined our family. Gus was everything the breed said about them. When people saw Gus they would always ask what kind of dog he was because he was so friendly and loving to everyone he met. 

Because of my love for this breed, I thought I would like to start breeding  so I could share this beautiful breed with other families. I knew I wanted to do it right. I wanted to be sure the breed met the standard, personality and most important have healthy puppies. I met a lady in Florida that showed and bred Havanese. She became my mentor and friend. She taught me so much about showing dogs and breeding healthy dogs. Learning the generations and genetics of different dogs. Over the last 12 years, I have learned so much as a breeder and all the aspects of pet ownership. I love being able to pass that knowledge onto my clients and their families so they can enjoy this breed as much as I do. 

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