This year, instead of the usual auction that we have at the National Specialty show, we have an online raffle in which EVERYONE can participate.  Take a chance and, if your win, you can choose that special item that you have always wanted! Check out your choices.
For those that will be coming to the show that starts on August 11, we will also have some fundraising fun at the banquet.  We will have a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle.  Some members have already promised some great items for that!  There will be more information to come on those events.
Check out the raffle!!!  Be sure to look at the video of our pups at the end to remind us that your donation supports the future of these special dogs. Here is the link:

National Show Information Now Available under Dog Shows then Show Calendar 2022

The National HSDAA Show will beheld in Glen Allen VA August 10-14, 2022. See attached pdf file

Show Entry Form             Rising Stars                Banquet

New Registration Changes (effective March 1, 2022)

On December 21, 2021 the HSDAA Board of Directors made two changes to the Litter Registration Rules.
The Board added the following language to the litter registration requirements:
Given that OFA Eye Certification is only good for one year from the date of the exam, both sire and dam
shall have a passing OFA Eye Certificate which is dated within one year of the litter application, and
attached thereto. Additionally, each litter application shall include a CBC & Blood Chemistry Panel to
include paired bile acid assay – indicating normal liver function done after 18 months for both the sire and
the dam. These changes are effective 3/1/2022.
As you may know, as part of the certification process, and in order to get a CHIC number, all breeding
dogs must have a passing OFA eye exam report. However, an OFA eye exam is only good for one year and
as such should be redone on a yearly basis. Most breeders are already complying with this requirement,
and in fact we offer OFA eye testing by a Board certified Ophthalmologist at our National Specialty every
year so it is easy to do. But we do have some dogs that are breeding that have not had eye exams in
recent years and in order to proactively only breed dogs with healthy eyes the Board determined this
rule should be updated.
The second change is also something we require of our breeding dogs for certification and as part of the
CHIC certification process. We have long required a CBC & Blood Chemistry Panel and Paired Bile Acids
for foundation pending dogs and offspring of foundation pending dogs. On November 19, 2019 the
Board passed the following change:
Effective January 01, 2020, a CBC & Blood Chemistry Panel to include paired bile acid assay – indicating
normal liver function –must be done on all breeding dogs prior to certification. This test is to be done after
12 months of age. It is further recommended that all certified dogs that are still breeding or that you plan
to breed in the future, who have not yet had these tests done, shall have them done as soon as possible and
shall submit the results in to the Registration & Health Committees.” (note the age for this test was
subsequently changed to 18 months).
Accordingly, most if not all of our breeders should already have this health testing done, but just to make
sure the Board is now requiring proof of this testing in order to register a litter, along with the litter
application. This should only impact those certified dogs (not foundation pending or offspring of
foundations pending dogs as it was always required) that were certified before January 1, 2020 and who
did not complete and submit their testing to the Registration and Health Committees as required. If you
have any questions, please contact the Registrar, Marilyn Spence, at

Nominations for the Doc” Joanne Baldwin Cardinal Award are due by July 15

Havana Silk Dog Association
“Doc” Joanne Baldwin Cardinal Award
The HSDAA “Doc” Joanne Baldwin Cardinal Award is an award given out at the National Specialty to a
Club member in good standing who best exemplifies the attributes of high character, unselfish attitude,
is a positive role model, with unquestionable integrity, and a true sportsman. The club member so
nominated does not need to be a full voting member nor do they need to be at the National to win this
award. The committee to appoint the recipient shall consist of of all prior recipients of the award and
they shall consider the nominations and recommend a recipient for this award. Any Club member in
good standing may nominate any other Club member for this award by sending its recommendation to
the Board on the form so designated.. After reviewing the merits of each nomination, the Committee
shall make its selection for that year’s award and notify the Board that it has completed its selection. If
there are no nominations made , the Committee shall choose a suitable candidate based upon its own
consideration. “Club member” as used in this entire paragraph includes all Club members in good
standing including non-voting members.
In selecting the award winner, the Committee shall consider the following characteristics:

Character:The nominee should be unselfish and committed to our Silk Dogs and the HSDAA. He or she
should be willing to help out in any way that benefits the club, our dogs, and our club members.

This nominee should have an overall unselfish, positive and kind attitude.

Role model:
This nominee should be a positive role model in all capacities, including club functions, social media, and
educating the public about our Silk Dogs.

This nominee should be committed to doing what’s right for HSDAA, the health and care of our Silk Dogs
and other HSDAA members.

The nominee should display good sportsmanship and respect to other members and club activities even
in the face of adverse outcomes. Likewise, the nominee should demonstrate cooperation and respect in
dealing with club events.

Historical note:The award should contain a cardinal in its design. The committee shall be responsible for
selecting the specific award each year and shall be reimbursed by the Club up to $100. The committee
shall also be responsible for presenting the award to the recipient at the National Specialty. The
cardinal was special to Joannne Baldwin, DVM. Her veterinary practice was named Cardinal Animal

Nomination Form (Click on link and it will download)

2021 Show Schedule:

We had our first dog show in a year and a half in Lakeland,  Florida on May 8 and 9, 2021. The show results can be found either on the Lakeland FL web page or under the Archived Show Results. We had 13 Silks and many owners participating and we had a blast! Please join us at our remaining 2021 shows on July 30- August 1 in Richmond, Virginia and on October 27-31 in Virginia Beach for our National Specialty. Information on the Richmond show can be found here: Watch for updates to the website for information on the National Specialty which can be found here: We will host an OFA eye clinic at the National Specialty so if you plan on getting your Silks eyes tested this year please plan on doing so at the clinic as the price per dog goes down depending on how many dogs we have.

Richmond, VA 2021 Show

Show Results are posted on the Glen Allen web page-July 31 and August 1, 2021.

Silk Road Newsletter:

Marilyn Spence has agreed to take on the task of reviving the Silk Road Newsletter. If you are interested in working on the newsletter, contributing to the newsletter or have any suggestions or issues you would like to see addressed, please contact Marilyn at


Silks can do Scent Work

Pauline Michael’s Lola does scent work. See her in action.

See Pauline Michels’ Lola work to find four “hides” containing birch scent.

September 15, 2020- Board approves the following:

Since the HSDAA club has been unable to provide services, dog shows, and publications in 2020 because of the Covid19 Pandemic, the Board approves that all current paid members through December 31, 2020 have their membership extended to December 31, 2021 at no additional charge.

Winter 2018 Silk Road available