The Havaco is a hybrid of the Havanese and the Cocker Spaniel. The hybrid is a designer dog and makes for an excellent companion; however, not much is known on the Havaco. Owners interested in understanding to possible physical and character traits of the Havaco should review the histories of the parent breeds for insight. The Havanese is a Bichon-type that developed in Cuba. Spanish Settlers brought the small dogs to the Cuban Isles during the 15th Century where they enjoyed an isolated development. The Havanese was a popular dog of choice for Cuban aristocrats but the the Cuban Revolution forced many to flee Cuba, leaving behind their dogs. Only 11 Havanese were known outside of Cuba by the 1970s and all Havanese living outside of Cuba can trace their histories back to the original 11. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the Havanese in 1996, and though popular, it remains a rare breed. The Cocker Spaniel is part of the land group of Spaniels, the other division being the water group. The Cocker Spaniel is smaller than the water Spaniel, for example the American Water Spaniel, and is known for its hunting abilities. In particular, the Cocker Spaniel hunted the woodcock , hence the cocker name. The Cocker Spaniel originated in Spain, and once in North America they continued to excel at hunting but also became a favorite in the show ring. The Cocker Spaniel has been a part of the sporting group of the American Kennel Club since 1878.