Early Beginnings

Seantiago Havanese


"Our first love!"

OK, so it all dates back to a family reunion umpteen years ago. One of those thrice-removed cousins came up from the U.S. with two of the most beautiful dogs I had ever seen, a Cuban companion toy breed. I was told they were good with children, and being non-shedding and non-allergenic was a great bonus! She called them Havanese (to which I responded Have-A-WHAT?) and I instantly decided I had to have a have-a-nese. Now, I may have been a bit over-interested maybe I asked too many questions....Whatever the reason, our American cuz hid her beauties in her motor home for the rest of the weekend, leaving me without a contact name or number.

Flip forward a few years to the home of a close friend when she brought home yup, you guessed it, a heart-stealing havanese puppy. I was hooked! Over time she began to mentor me, and with her support we entered the toy dog (and dog show) world.

After the tragic death of our 18 year old son Sean, we were encouraged to take on a breeder's role. A family conference decided on the name Seantiago, and what began as a therapeutic adventure evolved into total a new life-style! What can I say? Our family has gone to the dogs!

Over the years we have been proud to produce many champions, including our gorgeous champagne male Zorro.

I almost forgot! There was another family reunion several years ago and we took our beautiful Havanese dogs with us. Did we hide them in a motor home? No way! They ran, played, snuggled and enjoyed themselves almost as much as everyone enjoyed them. But why not? They are part of the family!

Gail & Frank Dame

Vancouver Island