The Havana Silk Dog Association of America

National Parent Club of the Havana Silk Dog breed

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Havana Silk Dogs are so lovable that HSDAA breeders and pet owners all agree that Silks are the perfect dog for almost every household.

The HSDAA has breeders all across the country, click here to find a happy heathy havana silk dog puppy today.

Havana Silk Dog Association of America welcomes you to our 
2016 National Specialty to be held at the 
Wyndham Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, VA

57th St and Atlantic Avenue | Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 | United States | 757-428-7025
Nov. 3-6, 2016

Deadline for Special HSDAA hotel rate is Oct. 24!

Auction Information | Hotel Reservations | Show Committee | National Specialty Forms | Event Schedule | About Rally

National Specialty Forms

Please note: The National Specialty is two days, but it is only ONE show.
We have a Regional show on Friday and the National Specialty (one show) on Sat. and Sun, for a total of two shows over the course of the weekend.
If you are entering one dog for both shows, the cost is $20 per show or $40 total.

Also, you can only enter one regular class per dog.
You cannot enter both Veterans AND BOB classes, for example.

In addition to our Conformation Shows we also have  Rally Trials on Friday afternoon.

 We are planning some exciting new classes and activities and great seminars including an agility demonstration and a comprehensive grooming seminar by Cyndi Morrow Gilbert . Our featured speaker is Gayle Watckins from AviDog who will be presenting “Transformational Puppy Rearing" - a great seminar for everyone!

Wyndham Oceanfront Hotel 
57th St and Atlantic Avenue | Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451 | United States | 757-428-7025

Ask for Havana Silk Dog Association block to get special room rate of $104 + a single $25 pet fee for up to 3 dogs.

Each dog over 3 is an additional single $25 fee

November 3-6, 2016

Havana Silk Dog
2016 National Specialty
Show Committee

Show Chairman:

Show committee

Show Secretary:

Joanne "Doc" Baldwin


Ann Carille & Lee Walters


Renee Kuharski


Lori Kasner


 Lilian Capetti and Judi Grounds


Lilian Capetti


 Doc Baldwin

Ring Stewards and Scribes:

Mary O'Day


Frank Conticchio

Catalog and Advertisements:

Joanne "Doc" Baldwin


Agnes Szilagyi

Rising Stars:

Gloria Sharrar and Lilian Capetti

Welcome Bags:

Renee Kuharski




Event Schedule
Pizza in the Hospitality Room - Everyone Welcome!
Gayle Watkins from AviDog - Transformational Puppy Rearing - read more about this great seminar that will benefit every dog owner at
Noon - 1PM
Lunch Provided in Hospitality
Grooming Session by Cyndi Gilbert Morrow
Agility Demonstration with Scott Casino, Professional Dog Trainer & the 2009 National Agility Champion (NACAS)
Wine & Cheese in Hospitality.  Dinner on your own.
Regional Specialty Show commences. We will follow the normal show schedule. A specific schedule with approximate show times for the entire weekend will available along with your welcome bag at check in.
Lunch in Hospitality Room
1:30 pm
Rally Trials - There will be 2 back to back trials judged by Anne Bright
4:30 pm
Board Meeting
5:30 pm
Dinner (Hospitality Room)
7:00 pm
Annual Members Meeting
9:00 am
Puppy Sweepstakes followed by Veterans Sweepstakes,  judged by three of our Members.  Open to all puppies between 4 and 12 months of age and all veterans 7 years and older.
10:00 am
National Specialty starting with Companion Class Dog and then proceeding with Provisional/Certified Class Dogs ending with WB.
Noon- 1:30PM
Lunch provided in Hospitality
2:00 pm
Doggy Costume Parade -the stakes are high thanks to the appearance of the Pope and the winning costume of "The Donald" last year.
3:00 pm

Annual Health Clinic in the grooming room. OFA Eye exams by Dr Michael Blair. OFA Heart & Patella Exams available by appointment. BAER testing also available by appointment (contact Doc) Appointments for the eye clinic to be made with Agnes Szilagyi, Chair of the Health committee.

6:30 pm
Annual Banquet and Auction in the Ballroom.  Cash Bar opens at 6:30, dinner at 7:30PM. 
9:00 am
National Specialty resumes. We start with the Companion BOB, then the Companion BISS, BOB, BISS, Stud Dog, Brood Bitch, Brace, Generations and then ending with Bred by Exhibitor Class

Lunch (delicious leftovers) available in hospitality following the show.

Annual Auction to Support Trophy Fund

Silent auction items will be on display in the banquet room beginning at 6:30.

There will also be a raffle to benefit CARES of a portrait of the winner's dog by Mary Ellen McFadden.Tickets are $10 each. If you are not able to attend, contact Doc for ticket availability.



Join us at the Rally Trials
HSDAA is now offering Rally during our Regional Specialty Shows

It's great fun!! Join us!

A little about what Rally is....

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience.

The team of dog and handler moves continuously at a brisk, but normal, pace with the dog under control at the handler's left side. There should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during the numbered exercises and between the exercise signs; however, perfect "heel position" is not required. Any faults in traditional obedience that would be evaluated and scored as a one-point deduction or more should be scored the same in Rally, unless otherwise mentioned in the Rally Regulations. After the judge's "Forward" order, the team is on its own to complete the entire sequence of numbered signs correctly.

Unlimited communication from the handler to the dog is to be encouraged and not penalized. Unless otherwise specified in these Regulations, handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement. Multiple commands and/or signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed; the handler's arms need not be maintained in any particular position at any time. The handler may not touch the dog or make physical corrections. At any time during the performance, loud or harsh commands or intimidating signals will be penalized.

Rally provides a link from the Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program to obedience or agility competition, both for dogs and handlers. In addition, rally promotes fun and enjoyment for dogs at all levels of competition.