Barbara Benerson imported the first Havanese to the UK in 1992. She also established the Tammylan Kennel based on the imported foundation stock, the first British Havanese Kennel.
Havanese Club Founded in 1994
In June 1994, the Havanese Club of Great Britain held its inaugural meeting. The Club's mission statement, taken from the minutes of the first meeting, was:
'The purpose of the Club is to act as a focal point for knowledge and information, and to introduce this charming breed to a wider audience. It is our earnest hope to promote responsible ownership at all levels and to maintain sound, healthy and happy dogs'.
Breed Standard approved & accepted by the Kennel Club in 1997
The HCGB continued to campaign tirelessly for recognition of the breed by the Kennel Club. In 1997, an Interim Breed Standard was accepted and approved by the British Kennel Club, and Havanese were able to comete at shows through the Imported Breeds register. this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...
Crufts 2001 Winners
The first Havanese Club Open Show was held in 2001 and, in the same year, the first ever Havanese Breed Classes were held at Crufts. An entry of 23 Havanese was made, under judge Anette Oliver, with a mix of imported and 'home grown' Havanese.Crufts 2001 winners.
From left to right, Heather Ridley with Paloma de Chaponay, judge Anette Oliver, and Jill Richards with Chazard Little Andy.
Havanese awarded Challenge Certificate (CC) status
In 2015, the Kennel Club accepted the application of the Havanese Club GB to award Havanese Challenge Certificate (CC) status. This means Havanese are now be able to compete for the title of British Champion. The first ever HCGB Championship show was held on 18/10/2015, with judge Zena Thorn Andrews officiating.