Welcome to HighMoon Havanese of California


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My website was originally created to bring you some information about the Havanese breed and to make a few dog shows brags. Now I am retired and I want to show off some of our beautiful Havanese puppies. We have been owned and loved by  our adorable Havanese for 18 years. I saw my first Havanese at a dog show. I talked to the breeders and handlers and soon had my own Havanese puppy. I was told it was a show puppy and I must show it in AKC Conformation shows to it’s Championship.  I knew nothing about dog shows but it quickly became a family affair. I am so  grateful for the many mentors that helped me with grooming, training and showing.  Fast forward and here I am with my own Havanese puppies.

Sometimes you just got to have your own Havanese  too. Please go to our Puppy Inquiry page and complete our Puppy Application. OR contact me, regarding puppies. My e-mail is linda@highmoonhavanese.com or call (559) 821-3608.
Introducing Joyaseda’s Joker at Almendares “Joker”
Born in Canada with a Show Career in Poland & Europe
We welcome this beautiful Multi Champion to our home
Introducing Almendares Secret Smile “Mati”
Born in Poland with a Show Career in Poland & Europe
We welcome this beautiful Multi Champion to our home
Puppy From Cuba


From Cuba with love. The Havanese breed is a native breed of Cuba.  Some people think they originated in the Mediterranean area centuries ago and were brought to Cuba by Italian Sea Captains. They were probably brought on the ships for entertainment and to trade with the wealthy plantation owners.  That would make the Havanese decendents of the Italian Bolognese and South American Poodle, creating a new member of the Bichon family.  Others believe they were brought over to Cuba by the Spaniards from the West Indies and are members of the Maltese.  The early Havanese were called the “Blanquito de la Habana” (white dog of Havana) and they were also known as the  “Havana Silk Dog.”  In Cuba they lived their lives as fashionable little lap dogs for the wealthy and they were loved by the children.  They were probably some of the first performing circus dogs.  They seem to have a strong herding instinct and they may have been used for herding the chickens and ducks on the plantations.  During the time of the Great Exodus many families fled Cuba with only a few belongings and their pets. That brought some Havanese to the shores of the United States.  Dorothy Goodale from Colorado was very intrigued by the Havanese and searched for the little dogs.  She placed ads in Florida newspapers and eventually she found and purchased 11 dogs that had originally come from Cuba.  They were purchased from the Perez/Fantasio family and later additional Havanese were added from the Barba family.  Dorothy Goodale was now able to start her breeding program.  Her kennel was called the Havana Doll House. Thank you Dorothy Goodale for this wonderful breed.


The Havanese come in many colors.  And we enjoy all of the colors especially the black parti, sable parti, dark sable, silver sable, red sable, black, white and cream colors.  We now have several of the new beautiful red colors too.  When we have a litter of puppies it’s always a pleasant surprise.  It’s just like a box of chocolates, “you never know what you’re going to get!” Thanks for visiting. If this is your first visit to our website, please sign our Guestbook.  To receive litter announcements, please complete our online Puppy Inquiry/Application form.