|MALE OR FEMALE??
Are you undecided about adopting a male puppy? The stereotypes for males, such as hiking of the leg
to mark territory, humping on things, etc...are common reasons why some people do not adopt a male. If
you neuter a male at a young age, you remove these normal male hormonal tendencies. Males that
have been neutered early are easy to potty train and they will tend to squat like females.
It is cheap and easy to neuter a male puppy and recovery time is quick and easy. Males are usually a
little more obedient and loving.
Both male and female Havanese make excellent pets. I spend every day with my dogs and puppies and
each one has a unique and delightful personality regardless of their sex. So, when you decide to
choose your life-long companion, don't let gender myths stand in your way. Pick from your heart and
you won't be disappointed!
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Review from Havanese Forum in May, 2016:
Last April we got an adorable puppy that was 4 months old from Nevena Havanese, in Fallbrook. We did extensive
research on Havanese breeders and decided to go with a breeder who did all the genetic tests and assured us that
our puppy had impeccable pedigree. Nevena said that this dog—the only older puppy she had at the time—was her
“pick of the litter”, the one she was keeping for herself to breed her, but an illness in the family made her decide to
sell the dog.
When we got her, the toes on her left leg were slightly turned out but it didn’t seem to be an issue so we ignored it
for some time. In the following months, the paw kept turning out and her leg grew increasingly bowed. We thought
this might not be a big deal till we took her to the vet to be sure, and the vet was very alarmed and recommended
an x-ray. It turned out that our dog had severe valgus deformity of the carpus, a well-understood and serious
condition. We began an odyssey of research and gathering opinions and learned a lot about this condition.
After taking our dog to our local excellent pet hospital, PetCare, we got a second opinion from one of the most
experienced and respected orthopedic vets, Dr. Gary Brown in Fremont, and it became clear that surgery was our
only option. If left untreated, this condition will progress and mean a life of misery and awful complications for the
dog. Two vets suggested it was likely the breeder likely about the deformity.
During this trying time, I reached out to Nevena to let her know, and her reply was a one line email telling me to
send the dog back for a refund and insisted that the surgery was not needed. I, my husband, and our 8 year old
daughter love our dog and it was not an option to send her back 6 months after we got her! In the next reply,
Nevena arrogantly and brazenly contradicted some of the most respected experts in the field and told us that if we
went forward with the surgery she would "never talk to us again”. She refused any responsibility or role, and
refused any support. She insisted that our dog was “normal” but then contradicted herself saying she had had
"bowlegged" dogs in the past, suggesting that she obviously knew this problem existed and was familiar with it at
least to some extent. In her correspondence, she even suggested that our dog’s condition was our fault, she
accused us of “over-exercising” her because I had told her earlier that we took her for a "nice long walk". Both
surgeons dismissed this out of hand as a possible cause. You can imagine how painful the accusation was under
these challenging circumstances!
We went ahead with the surgery. Our dog has come through months of recovery pretty well and we hope that she
will lead a normal life. It has taken months for us to adjust to her limitations, the enormous time and energy that this
has taken and the cost which has exceeded $5,000. It is hard to think of the life our dog would have been forced to
lead if we had returned her to Navena; she would have never gotten the necessary treatment and who knows what
her fate would have been.
In retrospect, other warning signs about the quality of this breeder were present. When we got our dog at 4 months
old she had not been even the least bit housebroken, even though Navena had been planning to keep her. While
picking up the dog, I asked several times to see where the dog had been living but I kept getting deflected and did
not want to be rude by insisting (I should have). Attempts to find out about her daily routine in the early weeks of
having her were also dismissed with “whatever habits she had here, she’s forgotten about them.” The breeder
would not talk to me by phone either before getting the dog or after we returned home with her, citing concerns
about facts getting twisted and wanting to have everything in writing from the beginning. Finally, I am no breeder,
but I have concerns about the frequency of her litters—3 breeding dogs but at least 4 litters a year—seems like too
many. My concern was confirmed by the Havanese Forum article that lists as warning signs having more than a
couple of litters a year and not having the pups live in the home (Nevena has her pups in a separate building
outside—she wouldn’t show it to me).
Recently I learned that one of her litters was delivered prematurely under emergency c-section; I doubt
prospective owners were notified of this, and I noticed this fact was not listed on her website with the litter, which
was being advertised as being for sale some weeks later. The whole experience makes me wonder where the line
is between breeder and puppy mill.
Painful as it is, we feel it is our responsibility to tell our story. We would be happy to give more details including x-
rays and our correspondence with Nevena to anyone who might be considering getting a dog from her. It is always
best to have as much information as possible when making such an important decision. All we have is our story and
our opinion and will offer you that and nothing more.
Reply to above review from one of my awesome customers who gave one of my puppies a wonderful, loving home:
Hello, I'm very sorry you had a terrible experience with that breeder. I am in southern California and I actually was
considering purchasing from her but, I could not afford her price. Thank you for telling your experience here with
Nevena Havanese. I hope others will see your post and walk away from purchasing a Havanese from her. As
expensive as they are, I'm sorry you had to pay thousands more for vet bills.
What is true though with any animal, is that you never know what could happen or go wrong. Even if both sire and
dam have all health clearances. She needed to be upfront and truthful that its happened before to other puppies
instead of denying and saying that she knew nothing.
I found a breeder in Southern California by the name of Nancy ( havaneseinsocal.com ) She has a wonderful
testimonial page and she is very knowledgeable and truly loves her little fur babies. She answers all your
questions and I never hesitate to email or call her. She is always kind and caring and will never get irritated if I ask
too many questions
I wish you could have found her before you went to Nevena.
Before I decided to purchase our first havanese from Nancy, I also had a horrible experience with a breeder by the
name of Kim, up in Aubrun, CA. She never responded to my questions and I realized she was more in the business
of breeding Havaneses for money. She was very cold-hearted, just like Nevena. It's a shame that with such sweet
dogs they have a lot of heartless people profiting off of them.
Again, I'm sorry for the horrible experience you had and I hope your post will help others who are possibly
considering purchasing a Havanese from Nevena.