What a Havanese should look like!

Ch. Amor's Walk Like A Man
# 5 AKC Havanese through  August 2, 2006

Frankie was bred by Mary Lopez, Amor
He is owned and lives with:
Mary Lopez,
Amor Havanese
and is co-owned by
Kathy Patrick,
Bellatak Havanese
Marilyn Vaughn, Encore Havanese
The Havanese Breed

The Havanese is part of the Bichon  family of toy breeds
which probably originated in the Mediterranean area.  The
French word
Bichon means "fleecy dog".  The most
popular members of the Bichon breed are: Maltese,
Bichon Frise,  Havanese, Lowchen and Coton de Tulear.

The history and pedigree of the Havanese dates back
several hundred years to the early settling of Cuba in the
1600's.   There are many theories regarding the origin of
the Havanese one being it evolved from an early breed
known as Blanquito de la Habana. It's heritage initially was
a dog of the aristocracy of Cuba and is today recognized
as the national dog of Cuba.  At different times the
Havanese was once called the Havana Silk Dog or the
Spanish Silk Poodle.  As European settlers ventured back
from the Americas during the 17th and 18th centuries, the
Havanese became companions of royalty in England,
France and Spain.  During the 1950's and '60's, as
Cuba's political environment changed, some of those that
fled the island to the US brought a small number of
Havanese with them.  In the early 1970's, Dorothy  and
Burt Goodale of Colorado set out to re-establish the
Havanese lineage and are recognized as the couple who  
began the roots of the Havanese in the US.

The Havanese was admitted into the American Kennel
Club in 1995.