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The first settlers came from two distinct classes: farmers primarily from the island of Tenerife,
and the "segundos," or second sons of the Spanish aristocracy. Ship's logs of the early sixteenth
century reveal that dogs were brought along on these early colonists' voyages, and logic tells us
they were most likely the dog of Tenerife, common ancestor to all the Bichon family. Because of
the trade restrictions imposed on its colonies by Spain, Tenerife remained one of the only ports
open to Cuba for trade, and it would appear these little dogs, who soon found their way into
the homes of the resident Spanish aristocracy, developed without much outside influence.

It is believed that during the days of the Spanish Empire they were brought to Cuba favor of
wealthy senoras who would encourage their merchant husbands to ship their merchandise on
the sea captains' ships.

The dogs did, however, develop in response to the climate of this tropical island. The Havanese
of today is still a remarkably heat-tolerant little dog, due in no small part to the unique coat.
Once called the Havana Silk Dog, or the Spanish Silk Poodle, the dog has a coat like raw silk
floss, profuse, but extremely light and soft, and insulating against the tropical rays much like
yards of silk in an Indian sari protect the women of India. In its native country, the coat was
never clipped for this reason, and the hair never tied into a topknot, as the Cubans believe it
protects the eyes from the harsh sun.

In spite of the trade restrictions, Colonial Cuba developed and prospered. By the 18th Century,
it was the cultural center of the New World, with an elegance that surpassed anything the
British had managed in its colonies. The aristocracy of Europe found the city of Havana to be
a great vacation spot, with its operas, theaters, and palacios. On their return to Europe, they
brought back the little Dog of Havannah, which found favor in the courts of Spain, France,
and England. In both Spain and in the court of Louis XVI, they were shorn in the poodle style
and were much admired for their diminutive size. The English, on the other hand, appeared to
leave them au natural and
By the mid-eighteenth century, they were downright trendy in Europe. Queen Victoria owned
two, and Charles Dickens had one, beloved of his seven children and named Tim. They were
exhibited in the early European dog shows, and type was well established. In Cuba meanwhile,
the times were changing. The aristocracy of the sugar barons was dying out and a new class was
emerging, the bourgeoisie, and the little dog of Havana, adaptable as always, became a family
dog extraordinaire, playmate of children, watchdog, and herder of the family poultry flock, a
position he has held there for the past 150 years. With the advent of the Cuban revolution, the
class of Cubans who owned Havanese was the first to leave. Many fled with their dogs to Costa
Rica, and a handful of dogs found their way to this country until, by the end of the 1970's, a
gene pool was being rebuilt. Most of the Havanese in the world today, save those from the Iron
Curtain countries and those remaining in Cuba, stem from those early immigrants numbering
less than a dozen. Remarkably, through all their travels, Havanese type has remained virtually
unchanged from that of the dogs painted in the eighteenth century. To preserve it now and for
the future is the challenge.
Havanese History
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