Buddies Breeders – Sue Clements
We recently caught up with Buddies breeder, Sue Clements. Sue, who is based in Lincolnshire, has been breeding for the show ring for over 20 years.
We asked Sue a few questions to find out more about her achievements and her love for this beautiful breed.
What is your breed?
‘My Breed is Havanese.’
Why this breed?
‘I have been breeding for the show ring for over 20 years. I started with West Highland White Terriers.
In 2008 I was at Peterborough show and in the opposite ring they were exhibiting Havanese. I loved what I saw and was allowed to be introduced to them by the Havanese exhibitors.
After years of chalk and hand stripping, I was looking for a different breed, as the hand stripping and chalk was causing me health problems. I have always been a K9 beautician, so a long-coated breed was not an issue for me.
I did lots of research and decided to go ahead and purchase my first Havanese girl in in early 2013. Her name was Lottie and she fulfilled her name. I instantly knew this was the breed for me.’
What’s the best thing about this breed?
‘I love the temperament, the naughtiness, the size, the shape, the colours and the beautiful long coats. Havanese have a more natural size muzzle. Short muzzle dogs have never appealed to me.
There are so many best bits about the breed, it’s so hard to choose one.’
What’s the worst thing about the breed?
‘I don’t know if it’s the worst thing about the breed, but it is like having a house full of goats. They jump on the table, windowsills, back of settees, they are extremely agile and some of them can jump a 5-foot fence from standing. Havanese also have the nick name of ‘Velcro dog’ therefore either better kept in pairs or more. Or as a constant companion as they do not like being alone.’
What’s the best thing about being a breeder?
‘Having half a dozen puppies running around the kitchen and watching them play is one of the best experiences in life.’
What’s the worst thing about being a breeder?
‘The sad part of being a breeder is the loss of puppies at birth. Because we keep in touch with the majority of people that purchase a puppy, we share their owners’ joys and griefs. Our work is 365 days a year including night shift.’
If you could have any other breed, what would it be?
‘I do not think I would like another breed. I have more than enough with the Havanese.’
How many litters do you have each year?
‘I have anything from 0 litters per year, to 4 litters per year. On average I’d say 2 per year.’
What’s an achievement you are proud of?
‘I am so proud of the first dog Havanese puppy I bred and presented in the show ring. At 6 months and 2 weeks old, on his first outing he was awarded 1st in his class, the RCC and best puppy. I enjoy exhibiting my dogs in the UK and Ireland.
Thank you to Sue for sharing her love of Havanese. If you would like to feature with your breed, email us at Hello@Buddies.co.uk.