The Havanese Club of America is the parent club of the Havanese dog breed for the American Kennel Club. Nine Havanese fanciers joined together in 1979 to seek AKC recognition for the rare breed, and the AKC officially recognized the breed in 1996.
The Havanese Club of America encourages breeding purebred Havanese in a way that emphasizes the dogs' natural qualities. Havanese club members and breeders accept the AKC standard as the breed's standard of excellence. The club also encourages members to compete in a sportsmanlike manner at dog shows, agility trials and obedience competitions.
The Havanese is a small dog native to Cuba. It has a friendly, playful, curious and intelligent personality. Its coat is non-shedding and requires regular grooming.