Welcome to Lúdico Havanese!
Lúdico means playful in Spanish and reflects the
personality of these wonderful little dogs. They are smart, easy to train, curious, and love to run and play. They miss their people when they aren't around. Even when they get into mischief, they have a way of looking at you so that you burst into laughter and run for the camera for that 'Kodak moment!'
When looking for Havanese you will find that there is a lot of variation in how these dogs look. Just visit any AKC dog show and you will see the difference! There appears to be 3 distinct looking dogs. There is the American Havanese, the Cuban
Havanese, and Silk Havanese. This variation in breed type indicates to me that other breeds were introduced into the Havanese gene pool prior to it be accepted into the AKC.
My journey into breeding these wonderful little dogs has opened my eyes to a number of health issues with the Havanese. The Havanese Club of America sponsored a health study a few years ago. What they found was a number of health issues with the breed. Included were liver shunts, eye issues, bowed front legs (chondrodysplasia) and various other health problems. They also found that the average life expectancy had dropped significantly, almost by half.
A few years ago there was a split in the Havanese breed in the United States. A separate group called the Havana Silk Dog Association of America was formed to address the health issues that Havanese were experiencing. The gene pool is very small and while there has been some progress, there are other health issues that seem to be appearing.
Although I love the elegance of the silk dog, I am more focused on restoring the original, healthy Cuban type. After a lot of soul searching, I decided to focus on the original breed standard and to select dogs that represent the original breed standard. How will I do this? For me, it is to introduce the Cuban dog into my breeding program and not continue to introduce the variation that has become the new norm within the the Havanese breed today. It also means only breeding health tested dogs that meet the original breed standard. I take great pride in producing consistent, healthy and temperamentally sound puppies. I only breed the best dogs. My dogs have been health tested for eyes, hearing, patella's (knees), hips, elbows, cardiac, and bile acids (liver shunts). I also screen my dogs for chondrodysplasia.
Do your research to understand what type of dog you want. Regardless of what you decide to get, make sure both parents have been health tested. Health testing doesn't prevent problems from occurring but it does give these puppies an excellent chance at good health!
Take your time to visit and browse. I'm here to answer any questions you may have!
Puppies were whelped Monday, April 29th. Visit our Litters to watch our puppies grow!