Located in Central North Carolina
To Contact Us: (336) 406-3011
OFA: Orthopedic Foundation of Animals
CERF: Canine Eye Registration Foundation
BAER: Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response
CHIC: Canine Health Information Center
What do all the abbreviations stand for?
Specialty doctors that our dogs visit in order to participate in our breeding program:
(Hip and Elbow displasia and Patella Luxation)
When choosing a reputable breeder, if the person you are interviewing says they don't believe in health testing, that should be a BIG RED FLAG. Why would you NOT want to health test, if you are trying to only produce better puppies with each litter, known as "bettering the breed?" Some may say they do tests, but don't file the results. Why would you do the tests and not file the results? Other's only pick and choose which health tests they perform. Other's say they offer the same health guarantee with absolutely no health testing. It's not about the guarantee, it's about trying to produce healthier puppies through health screenings and tests. According to the health list of health issues for the Havanese, there are specific tests that should be performed on dogs that are used in a breeding program. Once all of the recommended tests have been performed for the Havanese, each dog is issued a CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) number. That number does not indicate that all the tests are normal, it just means that the dog has had the recommended tests performed to evaluate for congenital disorders and that the result has been filed with the OFA health registry. Please don't be fooled by someone quoting numbers and statistics of health tests. It needs to be current and have been performed on their dogs. The same when it comes to pictures. They need to be current. Anyone can show a dog once and possibly win a ribbon, but what does it mean and how current is the picture? Showing a dog in an AKC show conformation ring only helps affirm that the breeder is producing what is expected and accepted by AKC as the breed standard. There are other breed registries, such as UKC, CKC, CKC (Canadian), FCI, ABRI, NAKC, HSDA and other country registries. If AKC does not accept a transfer from that registry as a purebred dog, it's not recognized by the best.
With that being said, our prices are about standard for a quality Havanese puppy. A LOT of money goes into helping ensure quality adults are used. Our puppies purchased for pet purposes are only offered with a limited registration. With a limited registration, that means that the puppy is required to be spayed/neutered between 6-10 months old. An altered puppy can not compete in conformation shows. If you desire to compete in conformation, a full registration is required by AKC. If that is something you desire, a separate contract with specific stipulations is required.
With a limited registration, there are still many wonderful dog bonding events and activities available. There is flyball, agility, rally, pet therapy, obedience, barn hunting, Lure coursing and tracking and fielding competitions. You can visit thehttp://AKC.orgwebsite for more information about events and a training locations near where you live.
Once a litter is born, each puppy is examined for quality, personality, and standards. Some puppies will be offered for limited registration only, whereas, a littermate may be offered for full registation with the intention of being shown or bred. For full registration, FaustHouse will co-own the puppy until it has completed it's conformation championship AND has been fully health tested. Once those are completed, ownership will be signed over to the co-owner with no further restrictions from FaustHouse Havanese. Our prices for puppies start out at $2500. We do offer mentoring skills and suggestions for those interested in learning how to show in conformation or breed. For those locally, there is a specialty club that meets every other month at local dog shows. It's called the Central Carolina Havanese Club. It is a local chapter of our parent club, The Havanese Club of America, which I am a board member. As one of my services, I provide local families with a year's subscription to the CCHC if interested.
Each one of our dogs will see an eye specialist yearly for 7 years to have a CERF performed. This test is where the doctor examines the eye, particularly the lens and retinal area for disorders and disease.
Juvenile Cataracts is one of the common diseases that Havanese are plagued with. This type of cataract would be visible in a dog under 1 year of age. Cataracts are normal and expected in a senior dog over 7 years old. The Neurologist will perform a hearing test that is called a BAER. They use a machine that measures electrical signals traveling on the nerve paths to the dog's brain. The Cardiologist will check their hearts for murmurs. Our vet will check the function of their liver, kidneys and thyroid through bloodwork. They will also have their hips, knees and elbows x-rayed and evaluated for hip and elbow dysplasia and other joint problems such as the blood flow to the joints (LCP test)
All of these tests are filed on record through the OFA
(Orthopedic Foundation of Animals) website at: http://offa.org.
Prior to immediate breeding each potential mother is examined and evaluated by a vet for breeding health.
Our dogs mean a lot to us. At the same time, our reputation is very important. To help reduce the chance of producing substandard puppies that have congenital health issues, we fully health tests all of the parent dogs used in our breeding program before they are bred. If just one health test is abnormal, that dog is spayed/neutered and excluded from our breeding program.
Below is a sample of a CHIC certificate.
Just because a dog receives a CHIC number, does not mean the results are normal. It just means the tests have been performed and registered.