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:Debbie Ezzell at  – 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 February 19, 2019
Types of Registration
The registration of litters and dogs as Havana Silk Dogs will be permitted by HSDAA members
only (Effective 1/8/19). There shall be seven types of registration:
Litter Registration, Provisional Certified Registration, Certified Registration, Companion
Dog, Companion Pending Registration, Foundation Pending Registration, and Offspring of
Foundation Pending Registration.
Litter Registration:
Litters from two HSDAA Certified parents are automatically eligible for registration with
HSDAA provided that the breeder is an HSDAA member at the time of registration. (Effective
1/8/2019). 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
To upgrade from Provisional to Certified status, 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), provided that the owner is an HSDAA member at the time of registration. (Effective
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
2. Soaped photographs taken from the side, front and rear
3. Copy of dog’s DNA Profile
4. A Certified HSDAA Evaluation completed by the HSDAA Evaluators’ Committee
after the dog is 18 months old. (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) The breeder must be a
HSDAA member at the time of registration of the litter. (Effective 1/8/2019).
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 provided that the breeder is an HSDAA member at the time of registration.
(Effective 1/8/2019). 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 healthscreening
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
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 owner is an HSDAA member at the time of registration. (Effective 1/8/2019) and 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 18 months provided that the owner is an HSDAA member at the time of
registration. (Effective 1/8/2019). Applications can be found under “Forms” on the HSDAA
Dogs initially admitted into the HSDAA Registry as Foundation Pending and that are later
admitted as certified shall not be bred to other dogs that are initially brought in as
Foundation Pending and later certified. All litters resulting from a breeding of two dogs
that were initially brought into the Registry as Foundation Pending are not eligible to be
registered with HSDAA. The primary goal of the HSDAA is the development and
recognition of the Havana Silk Dog as a separate breed, and to bring its qualities to
perfection. This goal will not be well served by the breeding of dogs brought in as
Foundation Pending to one another.
The requirements are:
1. OFA # for hips – done after 18 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 after18 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 18
months. Note: The Evaluators Committee, in the interest of accommodating people to
allow timely evaluations, taking into account the limited number of shows and limited
number of evaluators available, proposes a grace period of two weeks prior to 18
months for Foundation Pending and Foundation Pending offspring evaluations. On a
case by case basis evaluators may also be allowed some flexibility if needed.
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. Photo – soaped front, both sides, rear and a dry, stacked, full coat photo
Offspring of Foundation Pending
The certification requirements for Foundation Pending Dogs also apply to all immediate
(1st generation offspring of dogs entering the registry through the Foundation Pending
status. Application for 1st generation offspring may be applied for once the dog has
reached the age of 18 months provided that the owner is an HSDAA member at the time of
registration. (Effective 1/8/2019). 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.
Companion Pending Registration
Dogs that are out of one certified Havana Silk Dog parent and one uncertified Havana Silk
Dog parent are eligible to apply for Companion Pending Status provided that the owner is
HSDAA members at the time of registration. (Effective 1/8/2019). An application for
Companion Pending Registration can be found under “Forms” on the HSDAA website.
The completed application will include soaped pictures of the dog including the front, both
sides, the rear, and dry stacked. If approved by the Board, the dog’s registration will be
converted to Companion Dog status. In no event, shall dogs that are granted Companion
Dog status by virtue of this provision ever be eligible for conversion to certified status.
$ 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, Offspring of Foundation Pending Dogs, or
Companion Pending Dogs, please contact Debbie Ezzell at
Revised February 19, 2019



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