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Where is the Havanese Breed Going in the AKC and the CKC?

February 12, 2017

Will Popularity Ruin the Havanese Breed?

“Will the ever-increasing popularity of the once-rare Havanese lead to the breed’s downfall? Will irresponsible and uneducated breeding by newly-minted Havanese ‘breeders’ result in the extreme health issues that plague the most popular breeds?

 

The Havanese is gaining recognition as an affectionate, hypoallergenic dog, easy to keep in apartments or houses, wonderful with children and hardier than most toy breeds, intelligent – and not yappy.

 

You see Havanese everywhere now; parks, sidewalks, yards – on the end of a leash, in a backpack or a stroller.

 

Jodi Murphy, one of the nation’s foremost groomers says that just a few years ago most groomers only knew of the Havanese from watching the Westminster Dog Show on television, but today the breed is commonplace on grooming tables everywhere. The Havanese Meetup group in my suburban community has 91 members. And we’ll talk about AKC registration in a moment.

 

What leads to the popularity of a dog breed? For the Havanese it’s currently the thousands of happy four-legged breed ambassadors delighting the public in everyday settings, and word-of-mouth about the charming little fur kids from Cuba.”

 

Havanese World. Will Popularity Ruin the Havanese Breed? Retrieved on Feb 11/2017@ https://www.havaneseworld.org/will-popularity-ruin-the-havanese-breed/

 

 

AKC Increase in Popularity in Numbers

 

The author of the quote above is talking about the increase in Havanese Popularity in the AKC in the US noted by the numbers in the chart below: “In 2003 the Havanese ranked 55th by popularity. By 2013 the Havanese ranked 25th in popularity.”  The Havanese moved to 24th in 2015 with the AKC.

 

Shea, E. February 22, 2016. Labrador Retriever Is Once Again America’s Most Popular Dog. AKC. Retrieved on Feb 11/2017 @ http://www.akc.org/content/news/articles/labrador-retriever-is-once-again-americas-most-popular-dog/

 

The author goes on to suggest that the massive increase in popularity of the Havanese, in terms of breeding and the future potential for the health of the Breed deteriorating, is as a result of “newly-minted" Havanese Breeders within the AKC:

 

Will the ever-increasing popularity of the once-rare Havanese lead to the breed’s downfall? Will irresponsible and uneducated breeding by newly-minted Havanese ‘breeders’ result in the extreme health issues that plague the most popular breeds? 

Havanese World. Will Popularity Ruin the Havanese Breed? Retrieved on Feb 11/2017@ https://www.havaneseworld.org/will-popularity-ruin-the-havanese-breed/

 

As the AKC has stud books that are not publically available, how could we ever know the real answer to this author's position.

 

The author also refers to Breeders not registering Havanese with the AKC. However, non-registered Havanese have nothing  to do with the  AKC registration numbers. They present another problem entirely as it applies to the Havanese  potential health concerns.

 

 

CKC Increase in Popularity in Numbers

 

I would argue that it is not the select CKC Hobby Breeders, or even the new Havanese CKC Breeders who breed only 1 or 2 litters per year that are causing the Havanese explosion within the CKC in Canada, thus potentially resulting “in the extreme health issues that plague the most popular breeds”. (Ibid)

 

Let’s relook at the Litter Breeding Numbers of the Highest Producing Havanese Breeders in Canada between 2011-2015.

 

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How has the Commercialism of the Havanese Breed in the CKC occurred and who has it benefited?

  2. Is it the smaller, select Hobby Breeders who are increasing the numbers or is it the established breeders with larger kennels and/or extended breeding families?

 NOTE:

1. These statistics come from the CKC Havanese Studbooks from 2011-2015

2. The Dutch standard of more than 4 litters has been applied to indicate Commercial Breeding standing in each of the 5 years.

 

 

Top CKC Breeds in Canada

 

Following are the results for the Top CKC Breeds in Canada for 2013-2015. The Havanese moved from # 8 in 2013 to #6 in 2015. Is this explosion good for the breed?  Who is responsible for that explosion?

 

Canadian Kennel Club Reveals Canada’s Top 10 Dogs (2013-2014). Retrieved Feb 11/2017@ http://www.ckc.ca/en/News/2015/Feb/CKC-Top-10-Dogs

Canadian Kennel Club Announces Canada’s Top 10 Most Popular Dogs (2015). Retrieved  Feb 11/2017 @ http://www.ckc.ca/en/News/2016/February/Canadian-Kennel-Club-Announces-Canada-Top-10

 

Labrador retriever tops list of Canada’s 10 most popular dog breeds. Retrieved Feb 11/2017 @  http://globalnews.ca/news/2524171/labrador-retriever-tops-list-of-canadas-10-most-popular-dog-breeds/

 

The 2016 results will come out in late February 2017. Can you make a prediction based upon the chart showing the number of litters registered to the top 20 Producing Havanese Breeders in Canada as to whether the Havanese will increase in popularity?

 

Breeders and Handlers

 

Dog Show Season has started.  Why not get together with your Havanese show friends and discuss this serious issue. It is a topic far more important than who gets Breed or who wins Group. This conversation will be about the preservation of the Havanese Breed in Canada, and it is the people in the ring looking for rankings on Canuckdogs who can lead the affirmative action that will guarantee the Health and Preservation of the Havanese in Canada. 

 

 

 

 

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