Mi Casa is a small hobby kennel, we breed only on a very limited basis, usually when we want something to show ourselves. We do not have puppies available very often. If you are looking for a havanese puppy and we don't happen to have something when you are looking, we will be more than happy to refer you to other reputable, responsible breeders who share our thoughts about breeding healthy, sound dogs that represent breed type.
When we do breed, we breed only from health tested parents. That means that the dogs have been health tested and have passed the four tests currently recommended by our parent club, The Havanese Club of America. At this time the four required tests are Hearing, Patellas, Hips and an annual Eye exam. If a dog has had those four tests done they will receive a CHIC Number from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Please be very careful when talking to breeders, just because a dog has a CHIC number does not mean that dog has passed all of his/her health tests, it just means that the health tests have been done. Because we want to be pro active, and we believe there are other issues in our breed, we do additional health testing, such as cardiac testing and testing elbows for dysplasia. We health test our dogs, not to find problems, but to rule them out and provide you with a healthy, happy puppy.
To see what health testing has been done on the dogs, and get the results, you can check on the OFA website. www.offa.org. You will need one of the following: the AKC registered name of the dog; or the ACK Registration Number, or the CHIC Number for the dog. Enter that number into the appropriate space and you will be able to get all the information submitted by the owner for that dog. If something is missing, ask the breeder for a copy of the test results.
It is also important to know, We WILL NOT SHIP PUPPIES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. The new owner must be prepared to come to our home to pick the puppy up. If you are from out of the area, you can fly into the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport, about 20 minutes away, or the Tampa International Airport, which is about an hour away. Because it is easier to get direct flights into Tampa, that is the airport I prefer. I will meet you with the puppy. The puppy can fly home with you in the cabin in an under seat carrier. That is the only way a Mi Casa puppy will fly. They do not fly as cargo or baggage.
How We Place Our Puppies
All AKC puppies are sold on either a full or limited registration. With very few exceptions, all of our puppies are sold on an AKC Limited Registration. That means that the puppies can not be shown in AKC conformation events (dog shows), and if bred, the offspring can not be registered with the AKC.
These dogs can be and are shown in AKC obedience, agility, and rally trials, and they also make wonderful therapy dogs. Our puppies that are sold on a Limited Registration will be required to be spayed or neutered at an appropriate age. A spay/neuter clause is part of our contract. These puppies are wonderful havanese, make wonderful companions and are loved as treasured pets.
Dogs sold on AKC Full Registration are able to be shown in AKC conformation events and if bred, their offspring are able to be registered with AKC. These puppies are looked at as "show potential".
Because it is not obvious at birth which puppies will be show potential the whole litter is constantly observed for temperament, traits, and conformation qualities. At approimately 8 weeks of age the puppies are examined and evaluated for structure (conformation) using the havanese breed standard as a guide. Those puppies that evaluate closest to the havanese breed standard are considered "show potential". Keep in mind there is no such thing as a perfect dog, ALL dogs have faults. We breed each litter always with the idea of keeping the best here at Mi Casa to become part of our breeding program.
A good breeder will do a breeding only to improve the breed, not just to have puppies or make money. It is quality, not quantity that counts. Our ultimate goal is to produce puppies that closely adhere to the AKC Havanese Breed Standard, so that in theory, they would all be wonderful representation of the breed no matter what registration they are sold under.
It is for that reasons that puppies in a litter will not be assigned to anyone until a minimum of 8 weeks of age. By that time we are able to offer you a better description of each puppy's temperament and personality so we can assist in finding that perfect match for you and your puppy.
Feel free to contact me with questions regarding havanese. I love to talk "Havanese" and if I don't know the answer I will try to find it.