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The price of the puppies in a litter depends on how much it cost to breed the dam, including the stud fee. Each litter is different but prices usually range from $1,500 -$2,000.

What Is The Difference Between A Havana Silk Dog And A Havanese?


Well it depends.  In mid 2007 a group of Havanese breeders split off from the breed for several reasons.  The most salient for the puppy buyer wondering which dog he should buy is, in a word, looks.  You see the woman who started the breed in the United States had two sources for her breeding stock.  Of the eight dogs she started with four came from a gentleman who hailed from Cuba by way of Costa Rica.  The other four were advertised in a news paper as "toy Havanese" and came from Arizona.  Needless to say the dogs did not look alike.  

Undeterred by this little issue the fanciers of the breed crossed the two lines and we ended up with quite a mess as far as a purebred dog is concerned.  Our dogs looked many different ways and people couldn't agree on what they should look like.  Some liked the dwarf dogs that were long and low while others preferred the non-dwarfs.  Then there was the matter of how fluffy or flat the coat should be, how long and what shape the muzzle should be , and what was the proper tail set and curl.

Here is a collage of several Havanese.  As you can see there are varieties, or types, within the breed.  The dog in the middle is "Silk Type" with his flatter coat, more refined muzzle, and longer legs.



So a group of about 30 breeders decided among themselves the answers to all of these questions by just saying the original Cuban standard was the correct guidebook.  They chose the name Havana Silk Dog and admitted into their registry Havanese that passed a conformation evaluation and all required health testing.  Many of these breeders had been breeding for the Silk "look" for generations so it did not take long after the Silk Dogs split off for breed type to become fairly established.  

With a few exceptions the Havana Silk Dogs are now pretty uniform in appearance, an essential requirement for all breeds.  We still have a lot of work to do but we have a good, solid start.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words so here is a picture of a Havanese and a picture of one of my girls, Temperance,  who was born in March 2009.  Notice the longer muzzle, higher set ears, longer legs, and less rectangular shape.  Silks are also generally less course so they weigh less even if the dogs are the same height.


That said, I will emphasize that not all breeders who liked and bred for the "Silk type" left the Havanese.  Therefore there are Havanese that look like Havana Silk Dogs.  However, you will not find very many HSDAA registered Silk dogs bred after the split in 2007 that look like the Havanese pictured above.  In other words, there are Havanese that look like great Havana Silk Dogs but there are not very many Silks that would be competitive in the Havanese conformation ring. 

Both breeds have their positive attributes and what breed you decide to buy should depend entirely on your personal preference. Either way you go the price of a puppy makes waiting for the right pup for your home well worth it.  Silk Dogs are not AKC registered now that the Havana Silk Dog Association of America, the parent club for Silks, has banned the practice of dual registering litters.  Many are AKC registerable; however, many Havana Silk Dog breeders have clauses in their contracts prohibiting their puppy buyers from pursuing AKC registration.  Silks are registered by the HSDAA and most breeders have a life-time money back guarantee on their puppies.

There are far fewer Silk breeders than Havanese breeders and there are not many Silk kennels that produce more than 4 litters per year.  Havanese on the other hand can be purchased from pet stores, commercial breeders, and hobby kennels.  Thus they are simply more readily available.  There are Silk puppies out there you just might have to travel to get one.  No Silk breeder will ship a puppy.  Some breeders will deliver.  For a list of Silk breeders visit the HSDAA website and click on the breeders link.