The Havanese Club of America, Inc.





–Description and Current Award Levels

•The TOP PAW Awards were first put in place in 2007 and serve to encourage health testing by HCA members.
•The revision effective Jan 1, 2016 simplifies the structure while reinforcing the intention of the award.
•Health test results must be submitted to the public OFA database.    
•The first level or GOLD Award is for those dogs that pass the HCA’s current CHIC requirements. 
–The CHIC requirement remains BAER, CERF, Hip Dysplasia, and Patella Luxation
•The second, or Platinum level is for any additional health testing beyond the CHIC requirements.
•The third or Titanium award is for older dogs (7 or more years) that pass the current CHIC requirements.
•The stud dog, brood bitch and breeder awards have been eliminated in the current scheme. 

Notes on Top Paw Awards

•General: Havanese must be owned or co-owned by HCA members in good standing during the award year. The HCA member must complete the award submission form if the co-owner is not a HCA member. It is not necessary to be an HCA member when testing is performed.

Passing results are required on all tests (passing is defined as the dog is issued an OFA /CERF certificate for each test).
•All tests must be submitted to CERF/OFA and be available as part of their public database.
CERF number must be current (exam must be performed during the award year).
OFA Congenital  Cardiac may be performed by a veterinary cardiologist, other specialist or general practitioner. OFA  Adult Onset Cardiac must be performed by a ACVIM/ECVIM Cardiology Diplomate
•Age Notes:  Congenital Cardiac -- Dogs must be 12 months of age or older to the day at the time of the examination. Adult Onset Cardiac tests are only valid for 1 year.

        Hips, Elbows, LCP -- Dogs must be 24 mo. of age or older at the time of the radiography.

        For dogs over age 7, the CERF exam must be performed once on or after their 7th birthday.

•Award Details:   Paper certificates will be presented at the HCA National Specialty to the owner of each dog who has qualified and applied for the award.   The owner will also receive a graphic file version of the award logo which may be displayed on the webpage of the dog who won the award. This online award logo must link back to the Health section of the HCA website.
•The Titanium Level Award is designed to be a one time award for each recipient rather than a   recurring, annual award. All other Individual Dog Level awards may be earned annually as long as their recipient continues to receive a current CERF number.