I am not sure in which section of the forum to post this so I will just post it here and hope that many people will read it and find it helpful.
I am not sure how to word this out especially because it could get me into a lot of trouble if I am not being very cautious. But I feel that people deserve to know the truth.
So, I am the proud owner of two amazing Havanese dogs, named Hachi and Mochi, bought from Havanese breeders. One of them, Hachi has a very sad story. Hachi was sold to me with a lot of health issues, some of them quite bad and the breeder never informed me of these issues, not once and when told that I discovered them, I believe that they pretended not to know about them because I feel that the breeder knew of these problems but just wanted to get rid of Hachi. Of course, this is just my personal opinion and the breeder would never admit this. I have a lot of issues with this breeder.
The story is super long. Furthermore, Hachi has had puppies while living with its breeder despite Hachi's health problems and those puppies were then sold to people. I believe that the puppies' owners have no idea that one of the puppies' parent, Hachi, has all these issues which I believe are genetic and inherited and that these puppies have a very high chance of having these issues as well.
I have no way of knowing who bought those puppies and whether they have been told the truth or not, although I personally do not think that they know about the potential risk in their puppies. I have no way to contact them, sadly; only the breeder has their contact information and I cannot ask the breeder for this information and even if I did, the breeder would probably refuse anyway.
Hachi's health problems are: left hip dysplasia; right elbow dysplasia and chondrodysplasia in both front legs, especially accentuated in its right front leg. I have seen different doctors and specialists and all have agreed that it is likely to be genetic and inherited and Hachi might have passed it on to its puppies. In time, Hachi's front legs problems might get worse and worse and lead to Hachi being put down. I cannot even begin to imagine the heartache if it comes down to that.
Hachi's breeder was only concerned about money when told of these issues. The breeder wanted to make sure that I will never ask it for money for Hachi's treatments; furthermore, the breeder told me on the phone that if Hachi is in pain, Hachi should not be treated or operated on. The breeder believes that Hachi should just be put down if the symptoms progress, even if the treatments would work.
If I had known about this breeder's overall attitude beforehand, I would have never ever bought from it. But I never imagined that a breeder could be so cold-hearted and money-obsessed.
I am writing this as a general warning for all people dealing with breeders, just to be more careful and not trust easily just because they are breeders. When we, as buyers, have to deal with puppy mills and such, when we come across breeders we might think they truly love their animals and care about their well-being above money. But that is not always the case.
I used to think highly of breeders, I used to think all of them without exception were huge animal lovers and I was wrong; whilst there are good breeders out there, there are also those who are not so ethical. So this is first a general warning for people to just be careful around and with any breeders because you never know who's hiding behind a friendly, polite smile.
Also, for those interested in the Havanese breed, for those wanting to get a Havanese dog now or in the future, I personally would advise all of them to avoid this breeder where I bought Hachi from. However, as I cannot give the breeder's name on here, nor the name of the breeder's kennel nor other such details because of obvious reasons, I would advise potential dog-buyers to just be extra careful and look for the medical conditions I have mentioned in my post.
Some of you might think I am being too harsh and maybe the breeder made a genuine mistake. I understand that kind of thinking. Yes, maybe the breeder did make a genuine mistake, but my main problem was and still is the breeder's overall attitude, cold, distant, uncaring, plain and simple horrible.
Everyone's allowed to make mistakes and maybe the breeder truly didn't know that Hachi was so sick when the breeder sold it to me (though I doubt it), but upon being informed and presented with reports from doctors and specialists, the breeder's attitude remained a very cold, distant one, preoccupied only with money and with the issue of the breeder not paying for anything at all concerning Hachi. In my opinion, this is simply inexcusable. So that is why I feel the need to warn people about this because all of this is so so unfair.
If I had been warned before buying a Havanese, I would have avoided this breeder – that is for sure. I am writing this because I personally would have liked if I had been warned beforehand and I am sure some people will think and feel the same.
I hope this might help someone.
I refer to my dogs and the breeder as “it” instead of he/she in this post to avoid identifying the dogs and breeder involved.
The purpose of this thread is not to “breeder bash” or to tarnish all breeders with the same brush. There are many good breeders out there, and many that go beyond what is necessary to help out the people that buy dogs from them and even those who have bought dogs from other breeders.