Amor Havanese
Mary Lopez
Yuba City, CA
Amor Havanese is one of the premiere Havanese breeders in
the country. Many of Amor Havanese dogs have been awarded
their AKC Champion conformation titles.

CH Amor Mon Ami Gucci Girl, pictured above, was BOB winner
at the Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach in
2003. She was also in the top 5 Havanese in 2003 and 2004.
She holds dual American and Canadian championships.

Encore Havanese & Amor Havanese work together closely to
show & breed high quality is our passion!

For more information click on the picture above for a link to
Amor Havanese.
Encore Breeding and Puppies
The Parents

At Encore Havanese we are committed to breeding dogs of the
highest caliber.  Our breeding program looks at the various elements
that go into providing a healthy and well rounded companion for
families with wide varieties of  interests, ages and environments.  We
go to extraordinary efforts in attempting to provide Havanese who
enhance the standard and are less prone to genetic health problems.

A great deal of thought goes into reviewing many generations of both
of the parents prior to deciding on the eventual mating for a planned
litter.  Not only do we consider the parents, grandparents and great
grandparents, but we also look at litter mates and offspring.  This
analysis helps us determine if there may be potential health issues
to be aware of or how the planned breeding may improve physical
characteristics in the puppies.

All dogs used in our breeding program go through rigorous medical
exams including special certifications for hips, knees and hearing
(Brain Auditory Evoked Response - BAER) from the Orthopedic
Foundation for Animals (OFA).  The BAER test is a safe and painless
testing to determine if a dog has a hearing loss.  Annual eye exams
are conducted according to the Canine Eye Registration Foundation
(CERF).  Even with established parents, reexaminations are often
done to be sure no potential problems are developing that may have
been undetected at earlier ages.

The Puppies

There are few joys in the dog world equivalent to bringing a new litter
into the world.  The Havanese is naturally playful, happy, and loving.
Young puppies multiply these characteristics many times over.  The
early months in a puppy' s life are the foundation for building trust,
confidence, affection and athleticism.

All of our breeding, whelping and puppy raising takes place in our part of our family.  The puppies experience a wide variety of
sights, smells, sounds and handling, which lead to well balanced
temperaments.  The puppies interact with dogs of different sizes,
breeds, ages and personalities which goes a long way in benefiting
their individual personality development and pack manners.  There is
also constant exposure to people of all ages which facilitates the
puppies acclimation to new homes and companions.

As the puppies get older, they are allowed greater freedom to explore
the house and outdoors...always with human and canine
supervision!  This is a phase of great entertainment, shenanigans
and wonder. They are natural explorers and tireless athletes. It's a
period we love.

Veterinary Attention

When our puppies are around 7-8 weeks old they receive their initial
veterinary exam.  In parallel they receive inoculations and worming.
We are located 10 minutes from our vets with whom we've had a 19
year relation.  We have such a strong relation with our vet hospital that
phone consultations are not uncommon.  Our "after hours"
emergency vet is 5 minutes away.  For extraordinary health situations
we turn to
The Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego.
Encore Havanese is dedicated to breeding healthy puppies that live up to the breed standard,
demonstrate loving temperaments and are joys to have in a family.  In order to continue to
understand the complexities and "good practices" associated with a high quality breeding
program, Marilyn Vaughn regularly participates in seminars and lectures relating to advances
in dog breeding.

Some of the programs Marilyn has participated in are:
CHIC, Claudie Orlandi: Univ. California - Davis, Reproductive Seminar
Myra Syvant: Breeding, Whelping & Care of Puppies
Dr. Battalgia: Breeding Better Dogs
Claudie Orlandi: ABC's of Breeding
Dr. Hutchinson: Canine Reproduction
" I feel it is my obligation to my dogs, puppies & future
puppy families, to do the best that I can to breed
healthy dogs. A key element of my commitment  is that
I conduct extensive health testing on all of my dogs. I
encourage you to review the test results directly from
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
www.OFFA.ORG. I'd be happy to discuss my testing
philosophy with you. "

- Marilyn Vaughn