Havtahava Havanese



About Havtahava

Small but diligent Havanese breeder located in the San Francisco Bay Area, breeding for temperament and health.  The Havtahava Havanese must pass all of the health testing recommended by the Havanese Club of America.

I am Kimberly and have been directly involved with Havanese since 2004.  We live in Western Washington (North Puget Sound) and spend a lot of time in our original home of the San Francisco Bay Area. 

I grew up with dogs and my parents dabbled with showing and breeding of Lhasa Apsos.  Over the span of my life, there has rarely been a time there wasn’t a dog as companion.  From Toy Poodle, Lhasa Apso, Afghan, German Shepherd, Cocker Spaniel, Basinji, Akita and a Bassett Hound, it seems my life has rarely been without a dog in my home.

After an extensive landscaping project, I was leary of bringing another dog into the home, so I examined many breeds casually.  I still remember running into a cute little dog and asking the owner if it was a Lhasa Apso because we had a few Lhasas when I was a child.  The owner told me it was a Havanese.  Hava-what? She said it again and I tucked it back in the recesses of my mind.  I hadn’t heard of that before.  Within a year, my friend Tanya added a Havanese to her home, Jazz.  She was so excited to find a dog that wouldn’t aggravate allergies, was listed in books as a non-shedder and had such a great personality.  She won me over with her excitement of her new dog, but we still weren’t ready for a dog of our own.

After a few years, I began looking for a dog seriously.  It had to be a small breed that could travel in our camper.  It couldn’t lose all the undercoat like the Akita that kept my vacuum working overtime.  It had to have a great personality and love to be around people.  Tanya was patient with me as I asked many questions about Jazz and she told me that I need to carefully examine the breeder before I consider buying one.  I began to seriously explore the Havanese again and got in contact with breeders from many states.   Within a short time, there was a connection with a few breeders and on the waiting list for one.

When the time was right, I was able to go pick up Asher from Lil Pawz Havanese.  What a treat!  In two months, Tinky was added to the family.  Both dogs entered the show ring in the early part of 2005 when I began handling them at dog shows. 

Since that time, Tinky has become a champion, Asher has moved to a therapy home, and other dogs have been added to the Havtahava family.   

Thank you for stopping by Havtahava Havanese.  Assuming you clicked here to learn more in your quest to add a Havanese to your family, I wish you the best on your journey.  Please take a moment to stop by the Havanese Club of America’s web site (http://www.havanese.org)  to learn more about which questions you should ask a breeder.  This will help you narrow down your options.


Best regards,

Kimberly Gattey 

Kimberly (as child) with Toy Poodle 



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