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 that are ideal for almost all types of people and houses. Their curly coat, round button eyes, small, black nose, hanging ears and fluffy tail has all served to their beauty.
Equally popular as the Havapoo is the Cavapoo, a Poodle-King Charles Spaniel cross, though the striking differences between the two is 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, multi-colored|
|Type||Companion dog, Designer dog|
|Group (of Breed)||Crossbreed|
|Lifespan/Expectancy||10 to 12 years|
|Weight||15-45 lbs (when full 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|
Havapoos are friendly little creatures that are energetic, playful, loving, intelligent, and outgoing. Like all the owners must have noticed that, they are very affectionate, and will enjoy spending all of their time with their family, exhibiting great gentleness and intelligence. It is their this intelligence that has made their nature curious and inquisitive. It is again this very intelligence and energetic disposition that have made many individuals successful as obedience and agility trail dogs.
With their playful instincts, they cherish playing with kids. However, since small-size dogs often suffer from the very common ‘small dog syndrome’, it is wise to pet them in homes that have older kids. They are also good with strangers and wouldn’t be hesitant warming up 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 other breeds or any species. Though, this proves to be more successful when training starts early.
To discuss about their outgoing attitude, some Havapoos show extrovert behaviors, while others can be docile and cuddly, enjoying most of the time staying close to their families. Since they are very sensitive, mixed with their intelligence, you will hardly be able to hide any of your feelings from your havapoo, since they can apparently ‘read’ your mind. They possess incredible sensitivity to voices. This makes them a very precious companion.
The intelligent Havapoo is highly trainable, and would go to any extent to please its master. The best way to make your training a success is positive reinforcement. Since they are very good readers of your mind and tone, they will certainly respond in their best possible way to praises, positive tones, and encouragement. Begin your training when you bring home your puppies from the breeders or rescues, and they are still quite young.
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. Potty training, house training, etiquette, obedience, and crate trainings are also easy for them to learn, provided you hold your patience and never be rude to them.
Havapoos are dogs with high spirits and extreme energy, and diet plays a very crucial role to dogs of high energy levels. Make sure your dog is getting the proper, nutritious, good quality meals daily, rich in minerals and proteins. Opt for those that are meant for dogs of its size and stature. The quantity is the same like other crossbreed dogs of its size.