The Havamalt is a hybrid mix of the Havanese and the Maltese. The hybrid is a modern designer breed with little to no documentation outside of the parent breeds. Since there is no hybrid standard, your Havamalt may have the appearance or characteristics of either parent breed. However, being closely related, many of the traits of both parents align together and owners can review the respective histories of the parents to get a better understanding of the possible dispositions and characteristics of their Havamalt. The Havanese is a direct descendant of the Maltese but left Europe and developed further in Cuba after a migration during the 15th century. They travelled aboard Spanish vessels and this predecessor of the Havanese enjoyed isolation for hundreds of years on the Cuban Isles. This canine almost became extinct during the Cuban Revolution, with only 11 dogs left after this tumultuous period in history. Survival was in the cards though, and today, all Havanese living outside of Cuba can trace their ancestry back to the original eleven. The American Kennel Club first recognized the Bichon-type Havanese in 1996. The Maltese developed as a companion breed in Italy and Malta, the latter country lending its name to the breed. Documentation on Maltese dogs is found in ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Greek, and Romans and eventually, the Maltese found its way west towards France in the 15th Century and was brought to England during the rule of King Henry VIII. The Maltese became a favorite of noble and royal women alike including Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Mary of Scots, and Queen Victoria. The Maltese is considered the oldest and a base breed of other Bichon dogs, such as the Bichon-Frise, the Bolognese, and the Havanese.