The Havapoo is a cross between the Havanese and the Poodle (standard, miniature or teacup). Very famous for their cute looks, busy ways and movements, and charming disposition, they are small dogs ideal for almost all types of people and houses. Their curly coat, round button eyes, black nose, hanging ears, and a fluffy tail have all served to their beauty.
Equally famous as the Havapoo is the Cavapoo, a Poodle-King Charles Spaniel cross, though the striking differences between the two are that the latter is more hypoallergenic and expensive than the former.
|Also known as||Poovanese, Island Mini Doodle, Havadoodle, Havanesepoo, Havanesedoodle|
|Coat||Medium, Long, Wavy|
|Colors||Red, brown, black, gray, white, apricot, multi-colored|
|Type||Companion dog, Designer dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/Expectancy||10 to 12 years|
|Weight||15-45 lbs (when fully grown)|
|Height (size)||Small; 8-15 inches (both male and female)|
|Personality Traits||Loving, social, affectionate, intelligent, playful, brave|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Good with Pets||Yes|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information||ACHC, DRA, DDKC, DBR, IDCR|
Video: Havapoo Puppy Playing with Toy
Temperament and Behavior
Havapoos are friendly little creatures that are energetic, playful, loving, intelligent, and outgoing. They are very affectionate, and will enjoy spending all of their time with their family, exhibiting great gentleness and intelligence.
However, since small-size dogs often suffer from the ‘small dog syndrome,’ it is wise to put them in homes that have older kids. With their playful instincts, they cherish playing with kids.
They are also good with strangers and wouldn’t be hesitant to bond with them in a short while. Alternately, this behavior makes them less of a watchdog. They are also very much comfortable with small animals and other dogs, and they are more than happy to spend time with different breeds or any species.
Some Havapoos show extrovert behaviors, while others can be docile and cuddly, enjoying most of the time staying close to their families. They possess incredible sensitivity to voices. This makes them a very precious companion.
These are outdoor dogs, and hence, when indoor, they require some space to run around and play for burning their calories. They are usually active all day, playing with their loved ones. These zealous canines, however, enjoy spending time outdoors. Take them out for a short walk or jog at least once a day, take them to your nearest dog parks to help them release their energy. Allow them to play off-leash if you are living in a house that has a safe enclosure.
Grooming is easy. Like most other non-shedders, it is enough to brush your havapoo twice to thrice a week to ensure cleaning the dead hairs and to prevent the coat from matting. While giving your Havanese a hair cut, seek a professional’s help so that the trimming process can be done in a hassle-free way.
The Havapoos, like most other crosses, are not prone to any breed-specific health problems because of their diverse genetic pool. But they are not immune to genetic issues, though, because cross breeds are often vulnerable to health issues that had earlier affected their parent breeds. General health hazards common to dogs, like dysplasia, dental and ear problems, issues with eye discharge, allergies, etc. should not be ruled out. Get a health history of both its parents from your breeder or rescue. Lastly, it is advised that you arrange for an annual vet checkup and get all its vaccines updated.
The intelligent Havapoo is highly trainable and would go to any extent to please its master. The best way to make your training success is positive reinforcement. Since they are excellent readers of your mind and tone, they will undoubtedly respond in their best possible way to praises and encouragement.
They need a calm and confident owner who would be able to instill authority and praise in proper times and be a leader of its pack. Housetraining, socialization, obedience, and crate training can be taught with patience and perseverance.
Havapoos are high-spirited, and diet plays a very crucial role in dogs of increased energy levels. Make sure your dog is getting the proper, nutritious, high-quality meals daily, rich in minerals and proteins.