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The Cuban dogs do have tail a little higher in the air than what you normally see here but they still curl over the back. I've never heard of a tail without curl to be referred to as a "Cuban" tailset. Our standard says, "The tail is high-set and plumed with long, silky hair. It arcs forward over the back, but neither lies flat on the back nor is tightly curled......" A Havanese with a tail straight up in the air would never do good in the ring and shouldn't be put in there. There are way too many pet dogs in the ring now.
 

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The "Cuban tail" is talked about occasionally over here on the West Coast. I don't think it really has any implication of being something that is found in Cuba. Instead, it is a nickname for the tail that goes up and hovers over the back or goes up almost straight with a tip that turns over the dog's back - like the photo you have linked.

We have had the Cuban tail in the show ring out here. I would venture to say that it is not desirable, but it is acceptable.
 
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