Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Landenberg, PA
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I belong to both clubs. HCA is the official AKC-recognized breed club, and IHC is indeed a group of Havanese owners who started a club devoted to sharing information for ALL Havanese owners - much like the Havanese Forum. They are not mutually exclusive organizations, as IHC isn't trying to replace AKC; in fact, many IHC members are members of HCA and have AKC dogs. Membership in HCA has become difficult, if impossible, to obtain lately. I know of very respected, breed-dedicated people who applied for membership and were denied. In fact, at the HCA Nationals in 2006, every single applicant for membership was denied! That is one reason IHC was formed - to welcome people who want to participate in all things Havanese.