Havana Silk Dog

The Havana Silk Dog breed is a purebred breed, dating back to the Caribbean in the pre-Columbian era, and was thought to be brought back to Europe by Columbus. Although a more rare dog breed, the havana silk dogs are recognized by the HSDAA (Havana Silk Dog Association of America) which require all dogs entering the breeding population to pass all health testing required for OFA CHIC program to ensure the accuracy of parentage based on the DNA profile as well as to have soaped photos on file to assure they are free from chondrodysplasia. This breed has been developed solely by selection for a specific phenotype from the Havanese gene pool similarly to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was pulled entirely out of the English Toy Spaniel gene pool.

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