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Zoe’s Puppies Are Ready!

Ready for what? Ready to go to their new families! Marzee, Mandy, and Alex have all been claimed and will soon be settled into their new homes. Here are some 10 week pictures of the males I still have…

Charley is such a lover, yet loves to run around and play just as much as he likes to be petted. His hair is growing in amazingly, and his chocolate markings are cuter than ever.Puppies 10 weeks old 002







Puppies 10 weeks old 006RESERVED Carlos follows me every chance he gets. I love it when he tries to jump up in my lap for attention. His hair is getting longer and more and more soft as he grows.






Mac likes to pose for the camera! The coloring on his head has lightened up a lot, and is a gorgeous tan/black sable he has inherited from his momma. I expect it will lighten up even more as he grows.Puppies 10 weeks old 013

Mac is a sweetheart, and will make an amazing addition to any family.







RESERVED Oreo is growing up to look and behave just like his daddy. I love the little white tuft on his forehead. He is also a sweetie, and will sit down at your feet and look up at you until you pet him or pick him up.Puppies 10 weeks old 023He can get super excited sometimes, and than will just run in circles for no apparent reason. (That is definitely a Havanese thing… :))







July 24, 2016

UPDATE:   ~7 weeks old~


Zoe’s puppies are adorable, healthy, well socialized and SOO sweet tempered! You won’t find sweeter puppies elsewhere, and I say that with confidence!Puppy Pictures 7 weeks 061






About a week ago the puppies went with my family and I to a nursing home, where we let the residents hold and play with the puppies.006The puppies behaved amazingly, it was like they knew they were in the hands of the elderly. They have already been on long fun car rides, are following me EVERYWHERE, and are well socialized with children, cats, and our other dogs.Bridge 2




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The puppies are totally transitioned to dry puppy food now. I use a grain free dog food, because I have seen for myself the benefits of giving them a diet as close to their original one would have been in the wild. (Which definitely did not include wheat, soy, and corn as main ingredients!) Zoe has pretty much weaned them off of her milk, but they still try to nurse sometimes… the little stinkers! :))



June 30, 2016

Zoe’s puppies are now four weeks old. They will be ready to leave their momma and littermates in about 6 weeks- the middle of August. They are happy and healthy, and they are learning and meeting new things every day. Contact me if you are interested in a sweet addition to your family.

PLEASE NOTE: We have given the puppies names for our own use, but they do not yet know their names.  Please feel free to rename your own puppy upon adoption or even to designate a new name for us to use in the mean time, if you reserve a puppy before they are ready to go home with you. Please contact me if you are considering adding one of these sweet puppies to your family.

046048~Mac~ A big boy! He is one of the largest of the litter. He loves to play and tussle with his brothers. He has a pure white body with a black and brown brindle head. $900


040~Carlos~ RESERVED This guy has the softest fur ever. He loves to play, and is always on the go, but will settle right down when you pick him up. He loves his tummy scratched! 041He has the cutest little black ring around the base of his otherwise all white tail He loves people!  $900


~Marzee~015RESERVED Shiny black coat, with little white hind feet and white tip of tail. The cutest brown eyebrows!021She reminds me of the saying “The best things sometimes come in small packages”, because she is the smallest puppy in this litter, yet she is so precious. Her small size doesn’t stop her from wrestling with her big brothers, though, and she can hold her own, too. $1,000


034~Mandy~ RESERVED White and black, with sweet brindle markings on her face and head.  (These photos don’t do her markings justice.) She is  one of 2 girls out of this liter of seven! Cute light brown goggles frame her dark expressive eyes. She has a little white chin.035She has a mellow easy-going temperament. Mandy is a cutie-pie who likes to be picked up and cuddled. $1,000 


023~Alex~    RESERVED This inquisitive little guy is so precious. I love the white stripe down the center of his face that leads to the little tuft of at the top of his nose.  It is going to be striking when it grows in.  Not to mention his little white chin!!026He is about half black and half white, so sometimes it looks like he is black with white spots, and sometimes I think it’s the opposite. Alex loves people, and likes to snuggle. $900


050~Oreo~ RESERVED  There’s only one word for this little guy… ADORABLE! One look at his face and you fall in love.049The amazing thing is that his personality matches his looks, as he is lively and energetic, yet loves to be picked up and hugged. He will make a perfect family pet. $900



~Charley~ This little fellow has unique chocolate markings, which are highly desirable and hard to come by in Havanese.  He has chocolate eye rims, nose, and mostly brown paw pads. His has a brown head and other spots as well.  It is hard to see in these pictures, but he also has little white brow hair coming in. 045

He has a very jovial temperament. He is one of our sweet little guys (like his daddy), and very healthy and strong.  He loves to wrestle with his siblings. Get ready for playtime! $900


My puppies each come with a small bag of food they are accustomed to eating, a puppy-care booklet, Limited AKC Registration* papers, proof of a recent health check by a certified vet, and a fully written out receipt.

*A note on registration:  There is a $30 fee that you will pay to AKC, when you submit the registration paperwork  that I give you, to them. There are two types of AKC registration: Full and Limited. Limited Registration is documentation of your puppy’s pedigree as a full blooded Havanese, as well as it’s traceable lineage.  Limited Registration is included in the price of each puppy.  A Full Registration gives you registered breeding rights and would be required for official breed competitions.  I charge an extra $200 fee for Full Registration at the time of sale.

Please place a $400 deposit via Pay-Pal or Visa so I can hold your puppy for you.

I do not ship puppies, because that puts them under unnecessary stress during a transition away from their mother and littermates. The health and wellbeing   of the puppies is my chief priority. Instead, I welcome visits for pick up here at the farm. This allows the adoptive family to see where and how the puppies are raised, to meet the parent dogs and meet my family!  I also could arrange a delivery. I charge a flat delivery fee of $150. I will travel up to 200 miles. When delivering, I ask for the whole price of your puppy up front, instead of the $400 deposit.


June 8, 2016


This is Zoe with her first litter of seven adorable and healthy puppies.  She has five males and two females. They will be ready to go to their new homes in mid August, and I will post pictures of each in a few weeks, along with their unique personality description. Coming soon!

My puppies each come with a small bag of food they are accustomed to eating, a puppy-care booklet, registration papers, proof of a recent health check by a certified vet, and a fully written out receipt.

My prices may vary slightly with each puppy, but here are the basics:

$1,000 for male puppies with AKC limited registration

$1,200 for females with  AKC limited registration

**A note on registration- There are two types of AKC registration: Full and Limited. The only reason you would need a full registration is if you would like to breed your dog or show him/her in the ring. I charge $200 extra for fully registered puppies.

I prefer not to fly my puppies to their new homes, because that puts extra stress into this already unsettling period of their little lives. I will deliver up to a reasonable distance. Added delivery charges depend on how far I need to drive and the price of gas at the time. I always welcome visits to pick up puppies here on the farm as well. Come on out and meet the family!

July 10, 2016 - 6:55 pm


July 11, 2016 - 4:37 pm

Donna Deppe - What a beautiful litter of puppies. Your mama is gorgeous! Your prices are so reasonable for such high quality puppies. Wished we lived closer!

Why My Puppies Arrive Vaccine-Free

I am not against vaccinating our pets. It is a very smart, well-established, preventative method against viral diseases in dogs. However, more recent clinical studies are proving that less is best in terms of vaccinating puppies when they are very young. Since I am definitely not a vet, here is a link to an extremely well researched and well written article on the subject, if you want to check it out more thoroughly.

Taking The Risk Out Of Puppy Shots

It is my goal to encourage each pet owner to make informed decisions on how they choose to care for their puppy. My choice in not vaccinating while they are so young in my understanding gives the puppies the strongest, healthiest, and most natural start.This is an unusual thing, rarely offered; because most breeders have not yet adjusted to these more recent research findings and do not see pet care from a holistic natural perspective. My parents have always raised me and my siblings naturally.  We use holistic and natural means to treat and prevent disease in people, so we try to apply some of that same understanding to our pets and livestock on our organic farm as well.  This is what led to my research about vaccinating puppies.  Also, because my dogs are our house pets, and not dogs raised in a large kennel environment, they are very low risk for viral diseases that other larger kennels may have issues with.

Because I have decided not to vaccinate my puppies before 12 weeks of age, that removes some of my overhead vet costs in bringing you a healthy, happy puppy. I am able to lower my prices slightly to reflect that difference, in comparison to other breeders. I do de-worm my puppies every two weeks, and you will receive your new little friend with a recent health check by a certified veterinarian.

All of the above said, my goals are still to serve YOU and your puppy. I am open to the typical vaccination protocol, if that is what you would prefer for a puppy you have chosen and committed too.  The standard suggested vaccination protocol is (at my vet):

6 Weeks of age: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus vaccines.

8 Weeks of age: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus vaccines.

12 Weeks of age: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus vaccines.

16 Weeks of age: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Rabies, and Bordetella. Microchip if desired.

**Note: Your puppy will be ready to come home at 10 weeks old, so the last two vaccination visits may be done at your home vet.

I ask for a $400 dollar deposit on your puppy, especially if you want them to be fully vaccinated.

Contact me if you have any questions!

July 11, 2016 - 4:52 pm

Donna Deppe - I really like your philosophy. It makes so much sense. Thank your for taking the extra care for your puppies that many breeders overlook.

Introducing My Sire and Dam

If you’ve read the links above, you now know a little background of the breed that I raise. Now I can introduce you to my sire and dam, who both have full time careers being awesome family pets, and are the best of friends!

MommyThis is my female, Zoe. She is such a sweetie. I love her eyes…they are so pretty! She is very loyal to me, and likes to follow me everywhere I go. She usually falls asleep in my lap when I comb her hair and is very agreeable at grooming time. She does really well with children. She is extremely intelligent, understanding almost everything I say to her, and she is quick to obey. Her personal temperament is cautious and watchful yet sweet, it must be ‘the momma in her’.  She is noMommyt quick to trust a stranger and she does have her preferences with some people.  She will alert us if something is out of order, but responds very well to learning when it is appropriate and not appropriate to bark. This actually makes her our best watch dog. Her hair color is a good example of the variety a Havanese coat can have. She had a lot of dark brown and black, believe it or not, when she was younger, and it grew out to a beautiful light tan with cute dark ears and nose.  It has a tendency to grow quickly, but not  be as thick as some. She weighs about 13 pounds.

MommyThis is my male, Oliver. He is such a lover! Every chance he gets, he is up in someone’s lap or at their feet, curled up in a ball. He loves to play, too, and has a very light heart and joyful temperament. He is our peppy puppy. He is very intelligent and quick to obey and easy to train.  He loves to be the center of attention! He loves to ride in the car, go newMommyplaces, and meet new people and dogs. He gets along with everybody and steals the hearts of everyone whom he comes in contact with.   He is the type of dog that leans into you and is happy to give you his belly when he comes for a snuggle. His coat is super thick, fluffy  and soft and seems to grow a little slower than his mate’s. He weighs about 9 pounds.


My sire and dame are the best of friends, always traveling in pairs.  They do everything together.  Oliver is Zoe’s shadow.  Their relationship is so sweet and they make a wonder parent team. While Zoe is the puppies’ primary care giver, Oliver also checks on them and watched after them.  It is a really neat thing to see.  The combination of these two dogs in personality, temperament and physical traits alike are making wonderful puppies to pass on to others for many litters to come.  I are very pleased with my puppies’ parents!

July 11, 2016 - 4:50 pm

Donna Deppe - Your havanese are gorgeous. Zoe is absolutely beautiful & I love the ticking on Oliver. I bet they will make amazing puppies for you.

Is a Havanese the Right Dog for You?

We want to be sure that we have a good fit between you and your new puppy.  What are some things for you to expect while enjoying life with a Havanese?

First of all, here is a cute and broad video overview of the breed:


Their hypo-allergenic coat is one thing to expect, which is super soft and silky, yet does not shed, ideal for owners with pet allergies. Their coat comes in many shades and patterns for a variety of beautiful dogs. Because their hair doesn’t shed, it does need to be groomed on a regular basis. Don’t be intimidated.  I groom mine and it isn’t bad at all, I actually think it’s fun.  It is sweet bonding time between you and your dog. There are many choices of brushes and combs at any pet store, experiment and see which ones work best for you and your Havanese. You can always take him to a professional as well, if that is more your comfort level. The shorter you keep their coat the lower maintenance it will be. If the long hair is too much for you to maintain, just keep it on the short side.  Since I live on a farm and my dogs have plenty of outdoor playtime, I have chosen not to keep it as long as if I were showing them;  just at a medium length “puppy cut”. (Adorable, let me tell you!)

Their size, which ranges from 9-13 lbs. Small, but not too delicate. They are a perfect indoor companion dog.

Their energy level is moderate. They will run around like crazy if they get a chance to outdoors, (especially when they are young, like all puppies) but also are good city and apartment dogs. Mind, they are ‘people dogs’ and are bred for companionship, so keep that in mind if you work away from home for long hours at a time.

I love the trust and loyalty that Havanese have for their owners, and how sometimes they just seem to know what you are thinking. I love how each individual dog has an extremely distinct personality. I love it when they run… and hop and pop up in pure joy of  my coming home.  I also love how they jump on my lap and fall fast nuzzled in like the ideal little rag doll. All of these reasons and more are why I decided to become a breeder of purebred Havanese.

July 11, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Donna Deppe - I love havanese!

Havanese History


Although it is new to the AKC, the Havanese is quite an old breed in “dog years”. Its history is fascinating and important to defining type, as it is unique in many respects. The Havanese is the National dog of Cuba and its only native breed. The flag of Spain was first raised over Cuba by Christopher Columbus in November of 1492. In the ten years following, colonization was begun on the island by Spain, who owned it for the better part of the next four hundred years.

The first settlers came from two distinct classes- farmers primarily from the island of Tenerife, and the “segundos”, or second sons of the Spanish aristocracy. Ship’s logs of the early sixteenth century reveal that dogs were brought along on these early colonists’ voyages, and logic tells us they were most likely the dog of Tenerife, common ancestor to all the Bichon family. Because of the draconian trade restrictions imposed on its colonies by Spain, Tenerife remained one of the only ports open to Cuba for trade, and it would appear these little dogs, who soon found their way into the homes of the resident Spanish aristocracy, developed without much outside influence. They did, however, develop in response to the climate of this tropical island. The Havanese of today is still a remarkably heat-tolerant little dog, due in no small part to the unique coat. Once called the Havana Silk Dog, or the Spanish Silk Poodle, the coat is like raw silk floss, profuse, but extremely light and soft, and insulating against the tropical rays in much the same way that yards of silk sari protect the women of India. In its native country, the coat was never clipped for this reason, and the hair never tied into a topknot, as the Cubans believe it protects the eyes from the harsh sun.

In spite of the trade restrictions, Colonial Cuba developed and prospered. By the 18th Century, it was the cultural center of the New World, with an elegance that surpassed anything the British had managed in ITS colonies! The aristocracy of Europe found the city of Havana to be a great vacation spot, with its operas, theatres and palacios. On their return to Europe, they brought back the little Dog of Havannah, which found favor in the courts of Spain, France and England. In both Spain and in the court of Louis XVI, they were shorn in the manner of poodles, and were much admired for their diminutive size.  The English, on the other hand, appeared to leave them au natural, and calledPortrait of Federico II Gonzaga by Titian.them the white Cuban, although they were as often found in parti-colors and shades of fawn.

By the mid-eighteenth century, they were downright trendy in Europe. Queen Victoria owned two and Charles Dickens had one, beloved of his seven children and named Tim. They were exhibited in the early European dog shows and type was well-established. In Cuba meanwhile, the times were changing. The aristocracy of the sugar barons was dying out and a new class was emerging, the bourgeoisie, and the little dog of Havana, adaptable as always, became a family dog extraordinaire. It is a position he has held there for the past hundred and fifty years.

With the advent of the Cuban revolution, the class of Cubans who owned Havanese was the first to leave. A handful of them found their way to this country, and by the end of the 70s a gene pool was being rebuilt. All the Havanese in the world today, save those from the “iron curtain” countries and those remaining in Cuba, stem from those 11 little immigrants. Remarkably, through all their travels, Havanese type has remained virtually unchanged from that of the dogs painted in the eighteenth century. To preserve it now and for the future is the challenge. Portrait of Federico II Gonzaga by Titian

This history post is compliments of
July 11, 2016 - 4:55 pm

Donna Deppe - Excellent history.

Herbal Worming Regimen

We have been experimenting with herbal wormers by researching and combining different ideas for the last couple years.  Here are the many facets and steps that we have used together to help manage parasites in our animals down here in the south (southern TN).  This region is known for its parasites.  It is something we need to be aggressive and deliberate to manage in our livestock.

We use this method for our cows, sheep, goats, donkeys, and dogs with slight modifications which will be noted as they apply.

I must admit however, that we are more diligent in some seasons than others with our consistency and application because of our own personal farming discipline still being honed and developed in us. We are active in family, ministry and community which requires much of our (preferred) time and attention. Our budget is often tight as well…so all this effects our consistency (success and effectiveness) in farming!!  What I am about to share with you has really made a difference for us and when hearing about other local farmer’s animal fatalities and struggles….I think we are doing really well with our system – although it is not flawless….or better yet – I think it is safer to say that we are not flawless and likely the shortcomings come from our stewardship being honed.  (This is an honest self assessment that every farmer must consider!!) But having said all that, lets get started.

Our method is a holistic one that is implemented in addition to grazing on grass in a passive pasture rotation system, and providing free range minerals and clean well water for their regular diet. We feed no grain or silage to our ruminant animals. In the winter we feed hay since they can not not graze enough to support themselves.  Our meat goats lives in our woods which consists of thick brush and there is enough to sustain them on the land through the winter. They are our lowest maintenance animal on the farm thus far.

Our method consists of preventative/maintenance supplementation tonic along with specific herbal deworming (cleansing- attack).  We have also started choosing our livestock more deliberately.  We choose “low maintenance breeds” that are known for their southern parasite resistance.  We made a conscience decision not to use chemical wormers – even as a back -up, “life saving” tool.  This took a little time to come to arrive at. After using it sparingly in the beginning, we now believe it weakens our livestock’s immunity and overall health. SO you MIGHT get them through this time…but they always seem to be the ones that have the reoccurring issues.  So we employ culling in our breeding and stewardship as another facet of our parasite management. Instead – we try to strengthen our worthy livestock, so the stock (and their offspring) become stronger in resisting parasites.  It is a long term approach and it is hard to cull weak stock – but we find it to be wise stewardship for long term farming success. This also provides us with chemical free food for our family. Which is something we value highly.

We have never seen a need to deworm or treat our free range chickens or our farm cats; So we don’t.

1. Daily/Weekly Prevention and Maintenance:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar added to their water in a 1:40 (or 50) ratio
  • Herbal Wellness Tonic (recipe below) added to their food source, once a week. 3T for each large animal (cows, horses, donkeys) – 1tsp for each small animal (goats, sheep, med/lrg dogs)

Weekly Herbal Wellness Tonic Recipe

This blend is equal parts by weight. It is a lot of herbs, but it will last you. Mixed well and added to food source. I make it in bulk – but you make what you need. If I make a “part” = 2 pounds it fill a 5 gallon bucket. If you have a hard time finding some of these ingredients – try

Garlic Powder


Juniper Berry Powder

Gentian Root Powder


Pomegranate Powder

Fennel Seed Powder

Barberry Root Powder



Oregano, cut and sifted

Stevia, cut and sifted – half part


2. Herbal Wormer:

Given every 4, 6 or 8 weeks, as needed on a regular cycle. Same dosage as tonic:  3T for each large animal (cows, horses, donkeys) – 1tsp for each small animal (goats, sheep, med/lrg dogs).  Do this once a day, for 3-5 days in a row (abstain from tonic herbs that week).

**1 part black walnut powder or chaparral powder

1 part garlic powder

1 part wormwood powder

1/2 part stevia leaf, cut/sifted (optional – it makes it more palatable for them to eat)

2 parts fennel powder

Mix well and store in an airtight bucket. I like to label my buckets with instructions.

I make this recipe in parts because I do not know how many animals you need to treat and what is realistic for your resources. I make mine in bulk, to either fill a 2 1/2 gallon or 5 gallon bucket. If I make a “part” = 1 pound of product, it fits nicely in a 2  1/2 gallon bucket.

** DO NOT use walnut for horses or donkeys.  It is toxic to them.  Sub chaparral in its place.

Added Daily Maintenance Suggestions:

~Add 3cc (1/2 tsp) of garlic tincture (per animal) to food (recipe below)

~Add 2T plain kefir (per animal) to food

~ Add Basic H Classic, by Shaklee (the original blue stuff – not the new kind , Basic H2) 1/2 tsp per 10 gallons of water.


Garlic Tincture – Good for people too!!

1. Fill your (1/2 gallon) blender up 3/4 way full of garlic gloves.

2. Top it off with cheap vodka ( or half and half grain alcohol to water)

3.  Blend until uniformly minced

4. Scrape into a gallon jar, top of with vodka (or 50/50 grain alcohol water mix)

5. Cover and let sit in a warm, dark place for 2 weeks.

6. Strain and store in an air tight container, in a cool dark place.

FAMACHA Method –

We use the FAMACHA method of screening our sheep and goats to monitor their  parasite health.   Here is an article which explains that, starting on pg 24 of the document.  However, it is explained within the context of using chemical wormers for curative purposes, which I have already explained is where we are choosing differently.

Stool Samples – Farming is so glamorous – isn’t it?!

For you real hands-on do-it-yourselfers and homeschooling families.  You might consider using a microscope and taking stool samples to monitor the parasite load in your livestock and the effectiveness of your program. We do this as well. Here is a wonderful instructional post from a goat farmer that inspired me.

July 11, 2016 - 4:58 pm

Donna Deppe - How does this worming medication relate to your havanese? Or have I missed something?

July 12, 2016 - 12:05 pm

Hadassah Schminke - We have used this method in the past with farm animals and other dogs. I am currently using vet-approved de-worming protocol for my Havanese. It is working well. Thanks for asking!