The Havana Silk Dog Association of America

National Parent Club of the Havana Silk Dog breed

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Havana Silk DogsĀ are so lovable that HSDAA breeders and pet owners all agree that Silks are the perfect dog for almost every household.

The HSDAA has breeders all across the country, click here to find a happy heathy havana silk dog puppy today.

The HSDAA Registry is totally unique in the world of purebred dogs. It maintains the highest standards for quality, health and integrity of any registry in the world, and the HSDAA is justifiably proud of it.

One of the most important things to understand is that HSDAA is not actively soliciting dogs for its registry – it is a "closed" registry rather than an "open" one. This means that unless a specific exception is made by a vote of the Board of Directors to open the registry to admit a particular dog solely to further the goals of the organization, the only dogs eligible for registration are the offspring of dogs with HSDAA "Certified" registration status. Every dog which phenotypically resembles a Havana Silk Dog is NOT automatically eligible for registration with HSDAA as a Silk dog, any more than any dog which happens to phenotypically resemble a beagle is automatically eligible for registration with AKC as a beagle! No dog registry is based on phenotype alone.

HSDAA established and maintains a Registry of Havana Silk Dogs to further its goal of preserving Cuba's native dog in its original form both phenotypically and genotypically. 
In order to achieve the goals of the organization and to protect its gene pool, members of the HSDAA do not interbreed their dogs with American Havanese, and maintaining a separate registry allows us to track progress being made in the breed in areas of breed type, soundness, and health.  (OFA, CHIC and CERF also maintain separate breed-specific databases for the Havana Silk Dog.)

The establishment and maintenance of a well-managed and accurate stud book is also necessary for the recognition of the Havana Silk Dog as a separate and distinct breed, although at this point in time, HSDAA has not requested recognition of the Havana Silk Dog breed by any all-breed canine registry, including the American Kennel Club. (The reason for this is simple – no all-breed canine registry currently requires the certification of "breeding fitness" that HSDAA does before granting full registration with breeding rights.)

The policies and procedures below detail the current registration and Certification requirements in this breed. (Any questions concerning registration policies should be addressed to “Registration Committee” and sent to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   – please allow a day or two for an answer.)

Havana Silk Dog Association of America

HSDAA Eligibility Requirements and Procedures 
for Registry of Individual Dogs and Litters
Updated Oct 10, 2015

Types of Registration

There shall be six types of registration: 

Littter Registration, Provisional Certified Registration, Certified Registration, Companion Dog, Foundation Pending Registration, and Offspring of Foundation Pending Registration.

Litter Registration: 

Litters from 2 HSDAA Certified parents are automatically eligible for registration with HSDAA. Litter applications must be signed by all recorded owners of the bitch and at least one owner of the sire. Owner(s) or lessee(s) of the bitch at the time of whelping shall be considered breeder(s) and litter owner(s) of record. Upon receipt of completed application and fee, individual registration applications for each puppy will be forwarded to the litter owner. (Addition approved March 3, 2010.) 

In order to comply with Article 2 of the HSDAA Constitution and to clarify and enforce existing policy concerning the interbreeding of Havana Silk Dogs with any other breed, effective July 31, 2011, all living puppies in a litter must be listed on the litter registration application; only those litters in which none of the litter members are concurrently or subsequently registered as any other breed with any other registry will be eligible for HSDAA registration. 

Provisional & Certified Registration:

Offspring of dogs with Certified HSDAA Registration are eligible for Provisional Certified registration. Pups not assigned Companion Dog registration status from eligible litters shall be automatically eligible for HSDAA Provisional Certified Registration upon submission of the appropriate registration application, registration fee, and a copy of an approved exam form indicating normal cardiac and patellas signed by a licensed veterinarian.

To upgrade from Provisional to Certified, when a dog is 12 months old,  the following documentation should be submitted along with the Application for Upgrade from Provisional to Certified form (available elsewhere on website)

  1. Copy of dog’s current CHIC certificate reflecting OFA BAER #, prelim hip rating of Fair, Good or Excellent, or OFA hip #, CERF or OFA Eye #, Cardiac & Patella #, DNA profile from VetGen or Geneseek (old MMIGenomics certificates acceptable), CHIC DNA repository submission. (OFA Hip certification must be done after a dog is over 1 year of age and the open box MUST be checked. OFA patella & Cardiac certification must also be done after a dog is a year old.) PennHip can be accepted in lieu of OFA if the DI is no more than .62 and there is no evidence of cavitation or DJD.
  2. Soaped photographs taken from the side, front and rear
  3. Copy of dog's DNA Profile
  4. 4.  A Certified HSDAA Evaluation completed by the HSDAA Evaluators’ Committee after the dog is 12 months old.

Litters by dogs with Provisional Certified Registration status at date of whelping are eligible for registration when both parents achieve Certified Registration status, at which time a litter registration application should be submitted by the breeder, and signed by the owner(s) of both the sire and dam. (Effective date May 1, 2011)

Companion Dog Registration:

The offspring of dogs with Companion Dog Registration are not eligible for  registration with HSDAA.

Breeders have the option of designating Companion Dog status for pups sold solely as companions. These dogs may compete in Companion and Performance events and such non-regular Conformation classes as may be designated by the Club.

Dogs with Provisional Certified Registration which fail one or more of the CHIC health-screening requirements shall automatically be granted Companion Dog Registration with no transfer fee upon notification of the Registrar.

Dogs registered as Provisional Certified who have not applied for transfer to Certified registration within a year of their second birthday shall be  granted Companion Dog registration unless an extension is applied for by the owner or breeder.

Dogs which have met the requirements for a championship prior to certification but subsequently fail to pass the Board's requirements for certification will be converted to Companion status and an age-appropriate Companion Championship will be awarded.
05-13-14:  NOTE: Conversion of Companion to Provisional registration.

Companion registration status is reserved for those puppies that are not going to show/breeding homes and that are not intended to contribute to the gene pool.  Initially, our policy was that companion registration was permanent and that puppies registered as companions could never have their status change.

There have been occasions, however, that the quality of such a puppy or the genetic diversity that it may contribute to the gene pool would merit being granted PC status. Examples might be of a quality puppy registered as companion solely because the home it went to was not interested in breeding/show.  This puppy may have been returned to the breeder who then wished to have its registration status changed.  Or an owner may become interested in show or breeding and, with the blessing of the breeder, wish to have the registration changed.

However a dog’s status from companion to provisionally certified may only be changed if the breeder agrees to the change and if the supporting documentation required for PC registration is received. This would be the well puppy vet exam certifying that patellas & heart are normal. The status change application from companion to provisionally certified must be submitted along with the vet exam, administration fee, and be signed by the breeder and the current owner of the dog.



Foundation Pending Registration:                                                                                                                                                      
Dogs with Foundation Pending status are eligible to compete in the Provisional/Certified ring.  Dogs with Foundation Pending Status may be shown in age appropriate classes at HSDAA shows, and may earn championship points.  Junior Championships and Championships may be awarded.
Application for certification of Foundation Pending dogs may be applied for once the dog has reached the age of 24 months. Applications can be found under “Forms” on the HSDAA website.  The requirements are:

  1.  OFA # for hips - done after 24 months (must sign release of abnormal results) indicating a grade of fair, good or excellent. PennHip is also acceptable as long as the DI is .62 or less on each hip and there is no evidence of cavitation, or degenerative joint disease.  OFA Hip certificate must also accompany application.
  2.  OFA patellas # - done after 12 months
  3.  OFA cardiac # - done after 12 months
  4.  OFA BAER # - done anytime
  5.  OFA eyes # - ideally this should be done yearly.
  6.  CBC & Blood Chemistry Panel to include paired bile acid assay – indicating normal liver function – should be done after 24 months.
  7.  Certified HSDAA Evaluation (form signed by the Evaluation Committee chair and at least one other evaluator) reflecting a score of at least 80 – this should be done after 24 months
  8. DNA profile (as a Havana Silk Dog) – can be done anytime
  9.  CHIC DNA Repository can be done anytime
  10. Any additional testing required by the Board of Directors
  11. Certified Pedigree
  12. Photos – soaped front, both sides, rear and a dry, stacked, full coat photo


The certification requirements for Foundation Pending Dogs also apply to all immediate (1st generation) offspring of dogs entering the registry through Foundation Pending status.  However, application for 1st generation offspring may be applied for once the dog has reached the age of 18 months. The OFA hip evaluation, CBC and Blood Chemistry Panel and the Evaluation must be done after the dog is 18 months.
Only the offspring of Certified Foundation dogs will be eligible for registration.
$ 10.00    registration of an individual dog
$  3.00     transfer from Provisional Certified to Certified Registration
$  5.00     litter registration    
(Please note “registration fee” on check)
NOTE:  For more detailed health testing information, please review the Health Testing tab at the top of the website page.


For questions or assistance on Foundation Pending or Offspring of Foundation Pending Dogs, please contact Ann Weikel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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