Havanese Club of America Awards & Recipients

HCA awards are given to recognize the achievements of HCA members and their dogs. Awards are given only to current HCA members. Awards are given for accomplishments at AKC shows. The awards are presented annually at the HCA National Specialty Show. Awards will be mailed to those members, not in attendance at the National.

To qualify for an HCA award, the recipient must have been an HCA member at the time each of the requirements for the award was completed. Eligibility for earning an award begins on the date that a person becomes an HCA member. Achievements before membership date are not included when calculating HCA award eligibility.

To be eligible for the Junior Handler Award, the recipient must be either a Junior Member of HCA, a member of the immediate family of an HCA member or must co-own a Havanese with an HCA member.

The verifying source of information for all awards is the American Kennel Club Awards Magazine.

The following awards are presented annually based on the show year January through December:

  • Show Dog of the Year – All Breed Points (highest number of group points won)
  • Show Dog of the Year – Breed Points (highest number of points won in breed competition)
  • Stud Dog of the Year (the most champions sired by a dog)
  • Brood Bitch of the Year (the most champions produced by a bitch)
  • Highest Scoring Junior Handler (information provided by HCA Junior Development Committee)
  • Highest Scoring Obedience Dog
  • Highest Scoring Rally Dog
  • Highest Scoring Agility Dog
  • HCA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 100 of Anything Award

If two or more dogs have tie scores for the above awards, they will not be given that year.

The following awards are presented annually. Since these are cumulative awards, and not based on competition, they are calculated as close as is possible to the day before that of the presenting year’s National, while still allowing time to have awards produced.

  • Breeder of Merit is awarded to breeders who have produced 10 AKC champions
  • Performance Breeder of Merit is awarded to breeders who have produced 10 individual dogs earning AKC performance titles.
  • Breeder of Distinction is awarded to breeders who have produced 25 AKC champions
  • Register of Merit is awarded to dogs that have sired 10 champions and to bitches that have produced 5 champions
  • Register of Merit Excellent is awarded to dogs that have sired 20 champions and to bitches that have produced 10 champions
  • Susan A. Nelson Versatility Award is given to dogs that have completed a Conformation championship and a title in three of the following events: Agility, Obedience, Rally or Tracking.
  • Performance Versatility Award is given to dogs that have completed titles in any 3 AKC events: Obedience, Rally, Agility or Tracking.
  • 100 of Anything Award – Purpose: to celebrate the fun achievements that are not ordinarily awarded, such as:
    • 100 Best of Breeds
    • Producer of 100 champions
    • 100 High In Trials
    • 100 of anything Havanese!
    • Applicant must apply to the Awards Committee for this award and provide proof of their accomplishments, and be a member in good standing of the Havanese Club of America. A Certificate of Recognition will be provided.

In the event that an award is made to co-owners, the award will be presented to each co-owner who claims the award. The co-owner claiming an award must be an HCA member in good standing.

If a submission includes co-owners, the award will be presented to each co-owner who claims the award. The co-owner submitting the award claim must be an HCA member in good standing.

For submission questions, email: Awards@havaneseclubofamerica.org