Our Health Promise


Our Health Promise

We are puppy lovers ourselves and wish nothing would ever go wrong with any puppy, but a puppy's health is dependent on a number of factors like genetics, exercise, food & nourishment, and overall care that are not always within our control. While we can't guarantee that your puppy will never have a health problem, we can promise we will do our best to ensure your new family member is healthy from the moment he or she arrives home!

We shall make every reasonable effort to ensure that dogs bred by us do not suffer from any disorder that impedes their sight, breathing or ability  to move freely or which is otherwise detrimental to their comfort and wellbeing.

Good Puppy Health

Good puppy health doesn't come naturally. It happens when a pup has everything he needs for his body and brain to function at optimal levels.

Things which can have a big impact on not only a puppy's health, but his adult well-being and even how long he lives include:

  • Healthy (dog) parents
  • Nutritious diet
  • A strong immune system
  • Low levels of stress 
  • Good dental care
  • Minimal chemical/toxin exposure
  • Appropriate veterinary care
  • The right amount of exercise
  • Positive Training
  • Proper socialisation
  • Safe and loving home environment

Our Breeding Program

As a Breeder we are satisfied that to the best of our knowledge and veterinary advice that all puppies sold:

  • Are in good health and have not been exposed to any infectious or contagious diseases prior to sale.
  • Have been vaccinated as per standard veterinary recommendation.
  • Show NO signs of infestation by fleas, lice, mites or intestinal worms.
  • Are not sold prior to reaching 10 weeks of age.
  • Have been socialised and handled regularly since birth.
  • Comes with 6 Weeks of FREE Pet Health insurance, if requested by Buyer {Pet insurance must be activated on the day of receiving the puppy).
  • Come with details of vaccination, worming, flea and any other preventative health treatment given to the puppy.
  • Come with details of any veterinary attention the puppy has had and if requested provide details of your vet so the new owners can ask questions.
  • We educate all families on everything they need to know /why-buy-from-us/havanese-owners-guide
  • We accept return of dog at any time during the life of the dog for any reason

As part of our Breeding program we strive to improve the health of our dogs by:

  • We do parental health testing-beyond what is considered the norm
  • We do not breed with dogs with known genetic disorders
  • We feed our dogs the very best nutritional food as puppies and adults
  • None of our dogs or puppies live in kennels, EVER!
  • We do not breed closely related animals, to minimise the risk of inherited problems
  • All dogs used for breeding have a general health check by a vet at least once per year.

Our Breeding Dogs Health Tests

We are committed to placing healthy puppies into happy homes.  Our breeding dogs are in good health and have all passed their health tests and are only fed high-quality dog food.

Eye Certificate

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An eye certificate means the breeder has had their breeding dogs examined by a veterinary ophthalmologist, to confirm they are not affected by any eye conditions which may be passed down genetically to their puppies. If relevant for the breed, it also includes running DNA tests to confirm the dog is not a genetic carrier of hereditary eye diseases, such as Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA). It includes breeders who have participated in the Australian Canine Eye Scheme (ACES).

Patellar Luxation

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Dogs affected by patellar luxation have loose kneecaps that may pop in and out of the knee joint, which can be painful and even require surgery. Having a vet examine breeding dogs for patellar luxation can confirm the dog is not affected, and that their puppies are less likely to develop the condition. Patellar luxation is more common in smaller breeds.

Heart Certificate

stethoscope iconPHYSICAL TEST

A heart certificate means the breeder has had their breeding dogs examined to confirm they are not affected by any common heart conditions which might be passed down genetically to the puppies. This can be done by a veterinary cardiologist or a skilled GP vet. Common heart conditions include Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) and Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease (MMVD).

Hip Dysplasia

stethoscope iconPHYSICAL TEST

These breeders have had x-rays taken on their breeding dogs to assess their ‘hip score’. Dogs with low hip scores have better hips and are less likely to develop problems in the future. Most large and medium sized dog breeds benefit from hip scoring to ensure they are unlikely to pass hereditary hip problems on to their puppies.

Genetic Test

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Genetic Health Tests are those which can be assessed via DNA analysis, either through a cheek swab or blood test.