Move Over ‘Tinkerbelle,’ There is a New Dog on the Block: Find Out Why the Dog World is in a Spin Over New Dog Breed, which has Everyone C+Screaming ‘I Want One’

(PRWEB) February 6, 2006

There is an unheralded hype of activity surrounding a new breed of dog called the Havanese. Its popularity has been skyrocketing and it’s proving to be one of the fastest-growing breeds in the United States.

When you think about dogs you ‘d be forgiven for thinking Golden Retriever, German Shepherd or even Chihuahua, and you know what, it’s not surprising given their high-profile…. but there is a new dog on the block! The relatively unknown Havanese dog is somewhat of a quiet achiever, however it has got to the point now where it is getting more and more difficult avoid noticing this breed. The rising popularity of the Havanese warrants taking a closer look.

The Havanese is a relatively new breed in the United States of America, especially since it had only officially been recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996. Yet amazingly, its popularity has surged and now sees it as one of the fastest-growing breeds in the country.

The surprising thing about this lovable toy breed, is that this new-found popularity wasn’t the result of its exposure in a prime time television program, or due to a fashion accessory trend set by a wealthy hotel chain heiress called (“Tinkerbelle”). This attention-grabbing surge in popularity and demand for the Havanese occurred as a result of a more noteworthy fashion called word-of-mouth!

So you may be asking, what is it about the Havanese that is causing such frenetic interest, that’s seeing hundreds and thousands of people all over the country, scrambling to get one of their own? Or you may be questioning, what is it about this breed that is making it one of the fastest-growing breeds in the country?

Well, we’ll get to that in a minute, but first let’s look at some of the statistics.

One of the best and most reliable indicators for determining dog popularity trends, is by looking at the number of dog breeds registered with the AKC. If we look at the top 50 registered breeds in the United States in 2005, the Havanese was the second fastest growing breed with a 22%* increase from 2004. Now this statistic on its own may not seem very dramatic, however when you compare it with other breeds it certainly stands out. The Chihuahua (“Tinkerbelle”) fell by 5%*, the ever popular Golden retriever fell by 8%* and the German Shepherd (“Rin Tin Tin®”) fell by 2%*. Okay, so one years data may not seem that spectacular, but when you look back at previous years you’ll soon see that this trend is no one-hit wonder.

In 2004, we saw a similar story where Havanese registrations grew by an amazing 37%* from the previous year. And in 2003, the Havanese was again one of the highest growing breeds, with a rise in registrations by a whopping 42%* as compared to 2002. So for the last three to four years there has certainly been a conspicuous growth in the number of registrations of the Havanese. And the intriguing thing to note, is that not all Havanese owners will spend the time it takes to register their pet with the AKC, so these statistics and rate of growth could be quite conservative to say the least. (* These statistics were taken from

When you compare this trend with many of the other popular breeds, it becomes very clear that something significant has been happening here, which begs the question: “What is it about this dog that’s making more and more people scream out for it?”

The Havanese is a sweet, cute, yet sturdy small lap dog. One of the most appealing features of this dog is that it has a non-shedding fluffy coat. It is a petite companion dog that is intelligent and also more importantly great with children.

The Havanese has a very interesting history. The Havanese originated in Cuba and is part of the Bichon variety of dogs which has relations to the Maltese, Poodle, and the Bichon Frise. The Havanese is actually the National dog of Cuba. Wow — what an exciting honor to bestow upon a dog! This recognition certainly demonstrates the universal admiration and appreciation for this amazing breed.

The Havanese is a small dog, but it is an accomplished performer. It is quite clever, obedient, and skilled at performing a number of tricks. The Cuban social elite have regarded the Havanese breed as their top dog for hundreds of years.

Interestingly the Havanese breed is relatively new in the United States. The Havanese breed hit America in the 1970s, and during the 1990s saw a surge in popularity. This attention grabbing rise in popularity is very intriguing, particularly after such a short period of time within America. The Havanese breed is without doubt one to look out for as it is quickly becoming the “It” dog of the 21st-century.

For a comprehensive look at this fascinating breed and to get a better idea why it is becoming so popular visit . Here you can also get a free copy of the Havanese Mini-Course.

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