Labayamesa Havanese

How did our Kennel Name come about? 

The Bayamesa is the National Anthem of Cuba, of course, but also we are great fans of the Buena Vista Social Club and their music, including their wonderful song, La Bayamesa.

​about Labayamesa Havanese

At Labayamesa Havanese, we are what we would call a 'Hobby Breeder'.  Don't be fooled by this term- we are no light weights! As a member of both the Havanese Club of Great Britain and the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, we continually expand out knowledge and keep up with latest developments, particularly in breed health and genetics. 

Our Havanese are fully health tested. But they are first and foremost our family members, and our lives revolve around them.  They live with us in our home, and are used to being pretty spoilt.

We will only have the very occasional litter- when we DO decide to breed a dog or a bitch, it is because we are confident that they have a lot to offer towards the improvement and development of the breed as a whole, and because we have the need (or desire) for another show quality puppy to add to our own motley crew. We will always value quality above quantity.

We got our very first Havanese as a companion animal. Our sweet Lulu turned out to be so adorable that we couldn't resist getting her a little friend, another little Havanese girl, Coco. Coco turned out to be rather fabulous, and we found ourselves embarking on a show career with her.  Two years later, we spotted a dashing male puppy in Germany. It was love at first sight, and Caballero moved from Germany to the East Midlands, UK.

By then, we were absolutely besotted with this wonderful breed, and felt that our dogs had great potential to contribute to the genetic pool.  To expand our knowledge base further, we  immersed ourselves in research and fact finding about the breed, health and breeding, under the mentorship of Coco's breeder, Jill Richards, of Chazard Havanese.  That is how we entered the world of breeding.