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Are you trying to find a small hypoallergenic dog to add to your family? Let us introduce you to the insanely cute Havapoo! Havapoos, also known as Havadoodles, Havanoodles, or Poovaneses, are small designer dogs.
Small, friendly, and low to no shedding, people all around the world have fallen in love with this cross breed. Let’s learn more, shall we?
What is a Havapoo (Havanese Poodle Mix)?
A Havapoo is a cross between a Havanese and a Poodle (Miniature or Toy). As it’s not a purebred dog, the Havapoo is not recognized by the AKC, however, it is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club.
A Havanese Poodle mix will inherit the characteristics of both parents, so let’s take some time to learn about the parent breeds so you can understand what Havapoos are like.
Characteristics of the Havanese dog
The Havanese dog is the national dog of Cuba, and is well known for a silky and long coat. This purebred dog breed is small in size and usually only reach 11.5 inches tall and 13 pounds. They have an average life expectancy of 14 years.
While Havanese dog breeds are not high-energy, they are moderately active and will need regular walks and playtime to burn off their energy. They are also highly intelligent, and mental stimulation is equally as important as walks and runs! In terms of exercising, because the Havanese dog is moderately energetic, you should aim to exercise a Havanese dog for 30 minutes per day.
The Havanese dog breed is hypoallergenic and is low to non-shedding, making it a great dog for those with allergies! Havanese dogs love to be around humans and may develop separation anxiety if they aren’t trained properly to learn how to be apart from their families.
Being a good lap dog, you can expect the Havanese dog to sit beside you while you watch your favorite show on Netflix.
Characteristics of the Miniature Poodle
Miniature Poodles are well known for their curly locks, which is quite opposite of the Havanese. Miniature Poodles live to be around 14 years old. As for their size, a Miniature Poodle will stand at around 15 inches tall and weigh a maximum of 16 pounds or less.
Both the Standard and Miniature Poodles are hypoallergenic and non-shedding dogs.
This dog breed is playful and full of energy. They loyal family dogs and are protective of their homes and families; Miniature Poodles will try to ward off intruders with their barks, while trying to be as fierce as possible!
As for their intelligence, the Miniature Poodle is one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world.
Now that we have a good idea of the parents’ temperament and characteristics, let’s take a look how different can the Havapoo be!
Just like the parent breeds, a Havanese Poodle mix has a mild and friendly disposition. They love to be around their humans, both adults and children alike.
This Poodle mix is also very friendly, social and loves to make friends with other dogs. If you already have other dogs at home, the Havapoo will quickly warm up to your older pets!
Havapoos are known to be gentle too, a trait they inherit from the Havanese dog. While Poodles can also be gentle, they can sometimes have high energy levels which can result in rambunctious behavior until fully-trained.
And thanks to the Poodle parent, Havapoos are incredibly intelligent and easy to train!
An important point worth noting: While the Havapoo might get their traits from the parents, their upbringing is the most important aspect of their temperament. The love, training, and structure you provide to your dog is the most important factor as to whether or not they end up well-behaved.
Is the Havapoo family-friendly?
Absolutely! The Havapoo loves to be around humans and especially around children and make a great family dog. They can play around children with ease, and their small size means that there is no fear of the Havapoo knocking over your child. This also makes them good around seniors.
Are Havapoos friendly towards other pets?
This is hugely dependent on how you raise and train your dog, but generally, yes, they love other pets and animals with the right training. Let’s take a look at a quick example: If your pup has never met dogs in its life, and they are suddenly introduced to other pets, it might react slightly defensively.
Otherwise, if you have been bringing your pup out for regular walks and play dates with other dogs and animals that you know, your Havapoo will be familiar and comfortable with other animals!
Is the Havapoo easy to train?
Yes! Due to the parent’s high level of intelligence, you can expect the Havapoo to be intelligent. They can pick up training quickly. But do not take this for granted as the Havapoo might become disinterested should you repeat the same training methods all the time. We encourage you to change a few training parameters for each session. It can be a different location to a different trick that you are trying to teach your dog!
Is the Havapoo suitable for small apartments?
The Havapoo’s small size
The Havapoo’s small stature ensures that it is suitable for small apartments too. With our increasingly metropolitan cities, it is not uncommon for us to live in high rise buildings that have a smaller unit size. But that shouldn’t stop you from having the Havapoo as a pet even if you live in a smaller apartment. Perhaps the only problem is that the dog requires daily exercises, so you might need to bring them out for their daily walks too. This might just be a good excuse for you to exercise too.
Havapoo Weight and Height
Since both parents are small in stature, you can expect the Havapoo to be equally small too. On average, the Havapoo’s weight ranges from 7 to 20 pounds. They can achieve heights up to 15 inches, but it is more common to have Havapoo to be around 10 inches in height.
On average, the Havapoo’s lifespan ranges from 10 to 15 years. This is again dependent on the dog’s health as well as the type of nutrition that you provide to the dog.
Havapoo’s Exercise Needs
As you can probably infer from the parent breeds, the Havapoo requires a decent amount of exercise per day, about 30 minutes.
Take this as a bonding session, too! Also, by exercising the Havapoo daily, you are helping to expend its energy levels. And this can be a good thing as you wouldn’t want the Havapoo to start destroying things at home simply because it is bored and needs to release some of its pent-up energy!
The Havapoo’s coat comes in various forms, and yes, they can resemble either parent too. It is possible for the Havapoo to have the long, wavy coat that the Havanese dog breed has, or the thick and curly coat of the Poodle!
There is also the possibility that the coat will be a combination of both parents and be wavy. With Havapoo puppies, it’s impossible to tell what their coats will be like until they begin to grow up.
As for grooming your Havapoo, since both parents are hypoallergenic, will not shed which means you must frequently brush them. We recommend you start brushing your Havapoo puppy as soon as you get them so they can get used to the sensation of the brush. Even if it’s only for a few minutes each day, they will slowly get used to the brush so that they don’t end up hating brushing session. Since Havapoo’s don’t shed, their hair is prone to paintful mats and tangles. Daily brushing will prevent this. Also, while coming the dog’s coat, you can also help to inspect the dog’s skin in case there are any scratches or ticks that might be affecting the dog.
What colors does the Havapoo come in?
Havapoos can come in a myriad of colors, ranging from brown or grey as the most common of colors. On rarer occasions, you might find white or black colored Havapoo too. Similarly, the Havapoo can come in solid colors, a mix of colors, or even spotted colors.
Havapoos may also be different colors as puppies than they are as adults; as they grow their colorings may change slightly.
Does the Havapoo have any health issues?
The Havapoo is generally a healthy dog without many problems. The most common issues that they can get are cataracts and hip dysplasia. These are some of the most common health issues that plague dogs when they are older. Always be watchful of the Havapoo’s health condition, and if you notice anything that isn’t normal, seek the consultation of professional vets.
When many people are searching for dog breeds, they turn to Poodle mix dogs. Havapoo’s make a great companion dog as they get along with both children and other pets!
Do you have a Havapoo? Tell us what your Havapoo is like below!
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Mira is a dog-lover and writer. She and her two dogs (Bren and Nala) can be found hiking during all four seasons, camping and exploring new places together.