The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC® and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.
In 1979, a small group of dedicated Havanese fanciers assembled for the purpose of forming a national breed club for the Havanese, the Havanese Club of America. One of the goals was to seek AKC recognition for our breed. At that time, there were nine members and the Havanese was considered a "rare" breed. Today the HCA has about 400 members and the Havanese is a member of the Toy Group with full recognition by AKC.