Kristy Heard and more about the Havanese Breed

Hello friends and Family, I am a dedicated Havanese puppy breeder with a love for these adorable and affectionate dogs. I take pride in providing top-quality puppies that are healthy, well-socialized, and ready to become a beloved part of your family.

The Havanese breed became officially recognized by AKC in 1996 by bringing the "Havanese Club of America" into the fold and giving them recognition as the official Havanese club/authority of AKC . The Havanese club of America started in 1979 and was the true pioneer in getting the Havanese breed its seperate recognition from the Bichon (with the trailblazing efforts of Dorothy Goodale). It is from these efforts that the Havanese breeding standards were established and have been maintained.

At the time of recognition in 1979 there were a total of 1,307 Havanese registered with AKC. In 2011, the time when source material for some of this post was written ( I will include link below), there were 4,466 dogs registered with AKC worldwide. Having climbed to 32nd place out 178 breed's recognized by AKC. I found an article on AKC that has Havanese breed in the US of A at around ~4,000. So we would assume you can add to that as for what is registered in the rest of the world and assume it has grown! The breed was almost extinct due to turmoil in Cuba (it's native land) in the 1960's but was rescued by diligent breeders and advocates like the Havanese Club of America.

The Havanese is like, but unlike the Maltese in some ways. When you say a Maltese everyone knows the iconic white doll that just belongs in your purse or that gorgeous instagram shot on your beautiful vintage furniture. For a Havanese, folks often say "A Hava what???"! LOL So they are alike and they its both extreme on end of familiarity and the other is mystery! They both have beautiful silky coats that is hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for people with allergies. And LIke, but not Like, the Maltese their coat is well known. Maltese come only in white but you can get a Havanese in almost any color (both opposite sides of the spectrum again!).

With years of experience in breeding Havanese puppies, I have developed a deep understanding of the breed and its unique traits. I am committed to responsible breeding practices, including health testing, proper nutrition, and early socialization to ensure that each puppy is happy, healthy, and well-adjusted to a human family. I prioritize the well-being of my puppies above all else. I work closely with each family to ensure a smooth transition for both the puppy and their new family. I am always available to answer questions, offer support, and provide guidance throughout the puppy's life.

Havanese dogs are known for their friendly and outgoing personalities, which makes them great companion dogs.Also Havanese dogs are intelligent and trainable, and they excel in obedience and agility competitions. I will include a link so that you can view what the breading standards are directly with the Havanese Club of America here. I have been told, but cannot personaly verify because i have not seen it in person, that Havanese have been used as circus dogs as well! ( you can read that about midway through this article here)

If you're looking for a Havanese puppy that will bring joy and love to your home, look no further. Our puppies are raised with love and care and are sure to make a wonderful addition to any family. Please look around the site and see if we are the right fit for you and your family. 

Havanese Club of America - Havanese Club of America

Havanese History: Bouncing Back from Exile – American Kennel Club (

Havanese History and Origins - Showsight (

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Breed Standard - Havanese Club of America

Havanese Dog Facts - 10 Amazing Things You Should Know (