Origins of the Havanese
The leading breeders of the renaissance were the French who cross bred the Maltese with many other small breeds particularly the small Barbet which was developed from the rough water dog brought out from Russia to many European countries. This dog was named the Poodle in France. This shaggy dog was finally sequestered to Portugal and is now known as the Portuguese water dog. One resulting cross between the Barbet and the Maltese was called the Silky Toy Poodle. Breeders then used the Spanish miniatures to form the toys of the Bichon Family. The most popular being the Bolognese, Havanese, Silky Poodle, Bichon, Lowchen and the present day Maltese.
The Havanese is part of many French toy Bichon breeds of which there are four types the Bichon Maltais, the Bichon Bolognais, the Bichon Havenais and the Bichon Teneriffe. The Teneriffe was carried to the Canary Island off Teneriffe, made its appearance in France around 1515-1547. It became the famous Bichon Frise.
In 1492 Christopher Columbus opened up a whole new world when he crossed the Atlantic. In 1503 he landed on Cuba and found a small dog called the Techichi, a heavy boned small dog which seemed mute and did not bark. Cuba soon became New Spain where settlers, traders, merchants settled there bringing their little dogs......
New Zealand History
The history of the Havanese Imported into New Zealand is still very much in its fledgling development. The Havanese is one of the rarest of the new breeds to set paws on NZ soil. In fact, the Havanese are a still a new breed into Australasia with Rocket 'Gr Ch, AKA & NZ Ch Torza Rocket by Lejerdell' (Imp USA) being the first Havanese arriving in Australia in June 2000. Rocket is owned by Trina Kennard, Torza Kennels of Adelaide, Australia.
Rocket's profile as described on is as follows: Rocket is the hallmark of a typical Havanese, lovely, glimmering, crème silky coat, dark eyes and pigment and a beautiful head. A true gentleman. Rocket was the patient, elegant dog, never wavering from the business of the ring. Rocket was retired from the ring in September 2006 as an Australian Grand Champion and New Zealand Champion and lives a life of comfort with his proud mum Trina. Rocket was the first Australian owned Havanese to arrive in New Zealand. He arrived in NZ in the latter part of 2001 quickly gaining his NZ Championship title. Rocket was campaigned in NZ by Anne Louise Fearne-Fowlie and a great moment was a Best in Show.....
GRIMSBY ARRIVING from UK
First Havanese NZ Champions
HALL OF FAME
In order of achievement.
1st Aust. Gr Ch & NZ Ch Torza Rocket by Lejerdell (Imp USA) Rocket owned by Trina Kennard. Adelaide. Australia. Titled 23 Feb 2002
2nd Aust. Aust Ch & NZ Ch Torza Tyme T Twist. Page
owned by Joy Parker. Victoria. Australia. Titled 2002
3rd NZ Ch Hashki Berevealded (Imp Aust) Rebel
owned by M Davies. Taupo, NZ and P Peters. Auckland. Titled NZ 6 Nov 2004
4th NZ Ch Torza Majik Roundabout (Imp Aust) Dougal
owned by Bob and Barbara Leighton. Bay of Plenty. Titled NZ 16 Oct 2005
5th NZ Ch Torza Infinite Pleasure (Imp Aust) Precious
owned by Stella Marshall and Viv Carpenter. Auckland. Titled NZ 16 Sept 2006
6th NZ Ch Hashki Gymea (Imp Aust) Pippa.
owned by M Davies Taupo. NZ and P Peters. Auckland. Titled NZ 29 Sept 2006
7th NZ Ch Torza Cool by Design (Imp Aust) Morgan
owned by Stella Marshall and Viv Carpenter. Auckland. Titled NZ 15 Apr 2007
8th NZ Ch Torza Wicked Edition (Imp Aust) Django
owned by Anne Rowland. Taranaki. Titled NZ Late April 2007
9th NZ Ch Torza Hot Reaction (Imp Aust) Twinkle
owned by Lyn McLean. Bay of Plenty. Titled NZ 10 June 2007
10th NZ Ch Wybnellas Cuddly Rascal (Imp UK) Grimsby
owned by Lyn McLean. Bay of Plenty. Titled NZ 30 August 2008
11th NZ Ch CUBANAS SILENT KNIGHT
owned by Lyn McLean. Bay of Plenty.
shown and titled by Annette Martin Darfield, Canterbury. Titled 2 January 2010
12th NZ Ch CUBANAS JOYOUS CELEBRATION
owned by Lyn McLean. Bay of Plenty. Titled 30 January 2010
NZ Ch CUBANAS CALYPSO CRACKER
owned by Lyn Mclean. Bay of Plenty. Titled
NZ Ch UPPERCLASS LELOU VOM SALZETAL imp GER
Bred by Sabine Steinmann
owned by Lyn McLean. Bay of plenty. Titled April 2012