What is a Havapoo Dog?
What do you get when you cross a Havanese dog and poodle? You get a Havapoo! And while the name Havapoo is a little on the unappealing side – I much prefer the term Havadoodle or Havanoodle – the Havapoo is an extremely adorable dog.
If you’re looking for a hybrid dog that will be great with your family and with your kids, and you want a hybrid dog that is easy to train and that is hypoallergenic, you have come to the right place. A Havapoo dog is perfect for you.
But what exactly is a hybrid dog anyway? And what qualities can you expect from your new Havapoo pup?
Where do Havapoo Dogs come from?
Hybrid dogs are the result of two different breeds of dog breeding and creating a mix. When it comes to the Havapoo, you get the best of the Havanese bloodline and the poodle bloodline. And while it is true that every dog on earth today has been crossbred at some point in time or another, the Havapoo is truly special.
So, let’s take a quick look at the parents of the Havapoo.
The Havanese dog is considered the only native Cuban dog, and they are now extremely popular all over the world. Havanese dogs are small, loving, and full of happy energy. Havanese dogs typically weigh between 7 and 13 pounds and grow no taller than around 11 inches.
Poodles, specifically miniature poodles since those are the breed typically mixed with Havanese dogs, are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. Interestingly enough, the poodle first came from Germany where they were bred specifically for hunting ducks. Today, the poodle is the national dog of France!
Of course, the miniature poodle was bred smaller to be a better companion for city dwellers and aristocrats.
And so, where the Havanese enjoyed many years as a beloved pet to Cuban royalty, the poodle was a favorite of European royalty. When you adopt a Havapoo poppy, you are getting a dog with one of the most royal bloodlines in the world!
What Does a Havapoo Look Like?
The Havanese and poodle mix, aka the Havapoo, originated first in the United States of America, probably sometime in the last few decades thanks to the growing popularity of dog breeding. You can find these dogs with any number of physical appearances, resembling both a poodle and a Havanese. It all comes down to, mainly, the type of poodle used in the breeding.
Basically, you can expect your Havapoo dog to be slightly larger than your average Havanese dog. Havapoo dogs range dramatically in both height and weight, between 12 to 45 pounds and roughly 8 to 15 inches in height. Those are some huge variables! It will depend largely whether the dog was bred using a standard poodle or a miniature poodle.
Havapoo dogs typically have short legs, extra floppy ears, and a very curly coat of hair. The color of the coat varies wildly, just like with any normal Havanese dog. A Havapoo can be white, brown, gray, red, and even black. And while the length of a Havapoo’s coat greatly varies, the one thing that stays the same is that their coat is always relatively wavy, just like with a typical Havanese.
What is the Temperament of a Havapoo Dog?
If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs because of your familiarity with the Havanese dog and their loving temperament, you will be pleased to know Havapoo dogs are extremely similar. These puppies are friendly and highly sociable, and positively love spending time with their human family.
Havapoo dogs tend to be not only super intelligent, but also highly curious. They have a very playful nature that makes them great with young children. If you are looking for a dog to grow up alongside your child, a Havapoo is an excellent choice.
These dogs are also extremely easy to train because they are so eager to please their human family. And when it comes to strangers and other animals, so long as you expose your Havapoo pup to other people and other creatures from a young age, they will be very placid when it comes to new faces.
Do keep in mind that while these dogs are extremely friendly, they do not make the best guard dogs. You will notice significantly less barking than you would get with a Chihuahua or another small breed of dog.
Are Havapoo Dogs Healthy?
You will be very pleased to know that the average lifespan of a Havapoo dog is between 10 and 14 years. They live about the same length of time as a Chihuahua and are equally as healthy. That being said, there is one condition that afflicts both parent breeds of the Havapoo.
Havanese dogs and poodles both commonly suffer from skin allergies and skin irritations. Luckily, this is much easier to handle than a dog that comes with heart issues or respiratory problems.
If you groom your Havapoo dog regularly, and you ensure they have the best diet available, then you will drastically reduce the chances of them experiencing problems with their skin. You want to give your dog a good brushing at minimum once a week. You may want to consult your veterinarian to come up with a healthy diet for your dog to keep their skin healthy.
Where do I Get a Havapoo Dog?
Most of the time you will get your Havapoo dog from a breeder. It is key to make sure the breeder is reliable, trustworthy, and moral. Ensure that the breeder conducts health tests on their breeding stock and that they keep all their dogs healthy and happy.
When possible, stay clear of breeding farms. You should never support these atrocious people who breed dogs like slaves. Also, even if your new Havapoo appears healthy, we strongly encourage you do visit the vet at least once every 12 months.