- Lifespan: 10-14 years
- Group: Not Applicable
- Best Suited For: Families with children, singles, seniors, apartments, houses with/without yards
- Temperament: Playful, energetic, affectionate, obedient
If you’re looking for a cuddly, fluffy companion to spend your days with, the Havapoo is definitely a pup you should consider. Also referred to as a Poovanese (or even cuter names like Havanoodle or Havadoodle), this energetic little guy also has hypoallergenic fur, making him or her perfect for families looking for a furry friend. Havapoos are moderately active, which makes them good choices for small homes or apartments, as long as they are brought outside to run and play at the park, or in a fenced-in yard.
The Havapoo is a mix of Havanese and Miniature or Toy Poodle dog breeds.
The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba and is known for its intelligence and obedience. Mini/teacup or toy poodles are descendants of the standard poodle, which are very playful and affectionate pooches. With the Poovanese, you get the best of both worlds – they are trainable and they’re sweet and loving to their family.
Food / Diet
To keep the Havapoo’s teeth strong and healthy, a dry kibble diet is recommended. However, your local veterinarian is the best person to ask for food recommendations for every stage of a dog’s life.
The Havapoo is a friendly, non-aggressive dog who will stick by you like glue.
Poodles are known to be some of the most obedient and trainable dogs around. They are intelligent, watchful and naturally good-natured dogs. The Havanese are extremely similar and thus, training a Havapoo shouldn’t take too much time with the right amount of coaxing and praise. Introducing treats and rewards into training sessions is a guaranteed way to make them learn that much faster.
The Havapoo can weigh anywhere between 15 and 45 pounds.
Temperament / Behavior
The Havapoo is a friendly, non-aggressive dog who will stick by you like glue. When he isn’t playing with his favourite chew toy or gingerly licking your three-year-old’s grubby little fingers, they’re always on the lookout. While they are not known to be yappy, the Poovanese will gladly alert you when a stranger arrives at your door with a bark or two. But once they see you welcoming your guest, they are quick to greet this newcomer with their most charming face and a loving lick on the cheek.
While this breed is not known to be standoffish with new people and dogs, is it best to begin socializing them at a young age with frequent trips to the park (human and dog alike). Due to their small size, they are excellent dogs to be kept in a small home or apartment building so long as they are given enough exercise which can be in the form of running, playing or some hardcore cuddling. Their moderate energy also makes them a great match for couples both with or without children, as well as retirees. But as with all small dogs, they should not be left unattended with children to keep from being harmed by the kids.
Common Health Problems
Because the Havapoo is a cross-bred designer dog, there is a chance of inheriting some health issues from either bloodline. Although there is a chance your dog may not have any of these problems, it could develop vision problems such as cataracts, as well as deafness, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia and some heart problems.
The Havapoo’s life expectancy is 10 to 14 years.
Like the mini poodle, the Havapoo is a moderate energy dog – but that doesn’t mean they’ll enjoy lazying around on your couch for hours on end. One to three hours of indoor playtime and letting them roam free in a fenced backyard is an easy way to burn all of that energy. If you don’t have a yard, a daily walk is recommended but if you happen to miss a walk or two during the week, playing indoors should be sufficient.
Due to their small size, they are excellent dogs to be kept in a small home or apartment building.
The Havapoo is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), the Designer Dogs Kennel Club (DDKC), Dog Registry of America, Inc. (DRA), International Designer Canine Registry (IDCR) as well as Designer Breed Registry (DBR).
A Havapoo’s soft, hypoallergenic fur can come in a variety of different colors including brown, grey, tan, white, black, etc. Like that of Poodles, a Havapoo’s fur is generally thick and is either curly or wavy. In order to keep their fur silky-smooth and knot-free, it is recommended to brush them a few times a week and a bath every month or two.
The Havapoo will only reach a maximum weight of 45 pounds once they are adults, making them a relatively small pup. In order to keep them safe, never leave puppies and children unattended, as it is an easy way for the pup to accidentally get hurt. The same air of caution should be applied when socializing the Havapoo puppy to other dogs as well.