Q: What colors do the come in?
A: Havatons come in all sorts of color, including black, white, brown, tan, sable, etc. Typically Havatons will fade with age.
Q: Can you know what color the puppies will be?
A: No. I never know what color the pups in a litter will be until they're born. There can be multiple colors in the litter.
Q: Will my puppy lose its' color?
A: Normally puppies will lose about 50% of their color as thy grown into adulthood. Sometimes, however, they won't lose any of their color at all. It is apparent at a very young age whether or not their color will likely fade or not. A jet black puppy can grow to be a salt & pepper color as an adult. Colors typically fade about 50%.
Q: How many litters do the mothers have?
A: Our females will be allowed 1 litter per year and will be retired at around 4-5 years of age.
Q: Do your puppies get socialized?
A: My puppies receive daily socialization and attention. They are exposed to adults as well as kids. They are raised in the at home, so they are used to normal household noises and commotion.
Q: Are you a puppy mill?
A: Our dogs are family. We raise our puppies in our home, where they receive daily care and attention. They are only fed top quality food and receive proper veterinary attentions when needed.
Q: Where do you keep your puppies?
A: My puppies are raised at home in a puppy area designed to allow them to run and play and eat as they choose. There is also a potty area that is used to potty train them as soon as 6 weeks old.
Q: Can I come see where the puppies are raised?
A: Yes. When you come see the puppies, you can also see my house. Otherwise, I don't do home tours.
Q: Do you own the parents?
A: Yes. All of our adults are hand chosen as puppies by myself for breeding purposes. Our adults are of sound temperament and health. Our adult dogs receive daily care and attention. They are only fed top quality food and receive proper veterinary attentions when needed.
Q: How many puppies are in a litter?
A: 1 - 4
Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: Are your kids well behaved and able to follow directions? If so, then YES! :)
Q: Can I bring my dog to meet your puppies?
A: No. We do not allow other dogs. Young puppies have an immune system that is not fully developed. We don't allow them to be exposed to other dogs that could carry disease or parasites.
Q: Do you remove the dew claws?
Q: Do you vaccinate your puppies?
A: Yes. Puppies receive a shot consisting of the following vaccines:
Duramune® Max 5 prevents Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 1 (Hepatitis), Adenovirus Type 2 (Respiratory Disease), Parainfluenza, Parvovirus
Q: Do you de-worm your puppies?
A: Yes. Puppies are de-wormed 3 times before they leave our home.
Q: How big are the parents?
A: Havaton parents range from 8 - 12 pounds.
Q: How big will my puppy get?
A: Havatons typically get to be between 8-15 pounds.
Q: What do you feed your puppies?
A: Organix (brand name) puppy food or available equivalent.
Q: Do we have a health guarantee?
A: Yes. We have a health guarantee on every puppy.
Q: Can I visit my puppy?
A: If you have put down a deposit on a puppy and are waiting for it to mature and be picked up, we do not do interim visits. Instead, I will gladly send you a current picture and/or video of your puppy so that you can see his/her progress as he/she grows.
Q: What kind of lifestyle does this breed require?
A: This breed is meant to be a house dog. It will not be happy living outside, or away from its family. They thrive on interaction with their humans. They love to lounge around when things are quiet, but are ready to get up and play at a moments notice.
Q: What personality traits should I be informed about?
A: Havanese and Coton de Tulear dogs love to please. They long to be with their family members. They will be happy as long as they can be with you. They are eager to learn commands and tricks. They are gentle natured and safe around children. Both breeds were originally bred to be companion pets for children.
Q: What grooming requirements are there with this breed?
A: Both breeds require a good brush through once per week. This will prevent tangles and matting from occurring. The coat is thick and hypoallergenic. They lose hair like people do, so there will be some hair left in the brush. You should not find clumps of hair or extensive hair loss in these breeds. The coat will continue to grow until it reaches about 6 inches in length. A puppy cut also looks good on the Havaton.
Q: What type of exercise does this breed require?
A: Havatons do not require much exercise, but a daily walk will keep your dog in shape.
Q: Are there any common health problems associated with this breed?
A: Havatons are generally very healthy. They are sturdy and vigorous. We strive to breed only the healthiest, best dogs possible. Our adult dogs are healthy and problem free. They receive regular attention to their health. This is a very healthy breed.
Q: Can I meet the puppy's mother and father?
A: The mother is usually on site. The father is normally kept in another location to ensure that there will be no accidental breeding.
Q: What happens to your retired breeding dogs?
A: Adult dogs are often adopted by close friends and family members. If you are interested in an adult dog, please contact me. I have one available from time to time.
Q: What is the average lifespan of the dogs?
A: Havatons, and other toy breeds can be expected to live 12-17 years. High quality food and exercise are important for keeping your Havaton healthy and long lived.
Q: At what age can the puppy go to its' new home?
A: Puppies can be released from 8-10 weeks of age, depending on size. Sorry, we no longer ship puppies.
Q: What immunization protocol do you follow for your puppies?
A: Puppies are immunized at 8 weeks of age. Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus are vaccinated against.
Q: Do the puppies have any type of socialization prior to being sent to their new home?
A: All puppies are handled and socialized at a very early age, and on a regular basis. Puppies are very accustomed to touch, petting and playing with people and other dogs.
Q: Do the puppies have any type of training prior to being sent to their new home?
A: Puppies are taught to go potty on newspaper. They will want to go on newspaper when you take them home. Set out some newspaper and show the puppy where it is located. The puppy is young and may forget. So, remind the puppy where it is supposed to go potty by taking it to the newspaper and letting it smell it. Dogs often like to go potty in the same place time after time. If your puppy insists on going in a certain spot in the house, simply move the newspaper to that spot. It is better to do it the puppy’s way at first, until it learns to go outside. Positive reinforcement is the best way to get your puppy to do your will. Havatons are especially sensitive and easy to train. It can also be easy to hurt their feelings. Too harsh of a scolding will not be forgotten. Too harsh of a scolding could cause your puppy to become shy and possibly piddle.
Q: What guarantees do you offer with your puppies?
A: We offer a one year Health Guarantee against hereditary/genetic abnormalities.
Please request, or download my health agreement for more details.
Q: Is my deposit refundable?
No, but it is transferable to a future litter.
Q: Do you require spay/neuter contracts on your pet quality puppies?
A: No. The choice to breed is yours alone. We do not recommend breeding a dog that is already a mix/hybrid. Also, you can put your dogs’ life in danger by breeding her if you don’t know what you are doing. Please seek the advice of your veterinarian or an experienced breeder before doing so.
Q: If, for any reason, I am unable to keep the puppy, what is your policy?
A: Your puppy is a serious commitment. No puppy purchase should be taken lightly. Your dog will rely on you for its’ care, health and love for its’ entire life. Please consider all of the pros and cons. We will not sell a puppy for someone to keep on a trial basis. Puppies may not be returned unless a veterinarian verified genetic/hereditary health problem is at issue. We WILL help you re-home your puppy if you absolutely must give it up. No refunds will be given.