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FaustHouse Havanese

About Our Dogs

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 according to what they feel is needed or necessary.  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, DNA testing and congenital tests.  Why would you want to run the risk of producing a puppy that will only live for a short time, only to pass away prematurely before their expected life expectancy? 

According to the health issues associated with 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 (Canine Kennel Club), 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 time and 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. There are separate showing contracts and separate breeding contracts.  When purchasing a puppy from me, you will not be allowed to breed that puppy unless there is a showing and breeding contract.

With a limited registration, there are many wonderful dog bonding events and activities available.  There is flyball, agility, rally, pet therapy, obedience, barn hunting, FAST-CAT, Lure coursing and tracking and fielding competitions.  You can visit thehttp://AKC.orgwebsite for more information about events and a training location 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 registration 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, has been fully health tested and all contract requirements have been fulfilled.  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, which I currently am the president.  As one of my services, I provide local families with a year's subscription to the CCHC, if interested.  If interested in becoming a member of the Havanese Club of America, I am willing to mentor you to work towards a membership.

Each one of our dogs will see an eye specialist yearly for 7 years to have a OFA Eye exam 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 can have, but is visible in a dog under 1 year of age.  Cataracts are normal and expected in a senior dog over the age of 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 or valve disorders.  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).  Those xrays are evaluated by 3 different radiologist for joint soundness.

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 with OFA.

OFA:  Orthopedic Foundation of Animals

CERF:  Canine Eye Registration Foundation, which now is listed through OFA

BAER:  Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response

CHIC:  Canine Health Information Center

What do all the abbreviations stand for?

All of these tests results are filed on record through the OFA

(Orthopedic Foundation of Animals) website at:  http://ofa.org.

Prior to breeding, each potential mother is examined and evaluated by a vet for breeding health.

  • Ophthalmologist for Eye Disorders (Juvenile cataracts)
  • Neurologist for Hearing Disorders
  • Cardiologist for Heart Disorders  (congenital diseases)
  • Orthopedic/Radiologist for Bone and Joint Disorders

           (Hip and Elbow displasia, LCP and Patella Luxation)

  • Yearly Vet Checks, including bloodwork for Organ function




Specialty dog doctors that our dogs visit in order

to participate in our breeding program:

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 bad and abnormal, that dog is spayed/neutered and excluded from our breeding program.  

About Our Dogs