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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.