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.
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.)
Havana Silk Dog Association of America
HSDAA Eligibility Requirements and Procedures
Types of Registration
There shall be seven types of registration:
Littter Registration, Provisional Certified Registration, Certified Registration, Companion Dog, Companion Pending Registration, Foundation Pending Registration, and Offspring of Foundation Pending 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.
To promote genetic diversity in the Havana Silk Dog breed, a breeding between a certified Havana Silk Dog and a dog or bitch that is not HSDAA registered for the purpose of bringing the litter through the foreign/foundation program will be permitted under the following conditions:
a) That the dog/bitch has passed similar health testing required for our breed as determined appropriate by the Board.
b) That the owner of the dog/bitch obtain approval from the Board that the litter will be accepted in the program before breeding outside of [the] HSDAA.
c) That the breeding must contribute something that is deemed by the Board to be beneficial to the gene pool and/or the club. (Addition approved September 9, 2014)
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 18 months old, the following documentation should be submitted along with the Application for Upgrade from Provisional to Certified form (available elsewhere on website) (Effective November 1, 2017)
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.
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.
Revised June 12, 2018