What is a Havapoo Dog?
What do you get when you cross a Havanese and a Poodle?
You get a Havapoo!
Also known as a Havanese poodle mix.
- What is a Havapoo Dog?
- Where do Havapoo Dogs come from?
- So, let’s take a quick look at the parents of the Havapoo.
- What Does a Havapoo Look Like?
- What is the Size and Height of a Havapoo?
- What is the Temperament of a Havapoo Dog?
- Are Havapoo Dogs Healthy?
- Where do I Get a Havapoo Dog?
- Feeding and Diet
- Socialization and Training
- Havapoo FAQ
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 simple 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 a dog breed that is the result of two different breeds of dog breeding and creating a mix. When it comes to the Havapoo or the Havanese Poodle mix, 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 dog breed 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 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 this dog breed 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 tall in height. Those are some huge variables! It will depend largely on 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.
Havapoo puppies will also change colour slightly as they age, a trait they get from their Havanese parents.
What is the Size and Height of a Havapoo?
Generally speaking, a havapoo is a small size dog. They are generally in the 15 inches to 25 inches tall range and usually in the 10-25 pounds range. Having said that they can get a little bigger than that if the poodle is a bigger dog. So you can see them up to 45 pounds but not usually. These are smaller dogs with a great mix of smaller poodles and the Havanese.
What is the Temperament of a Havapoo Dog?
A designer dog is usually known as a dog that is a mixture of pure breeds, and it also means both temperaments are in the new “design”
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, these health issues are 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. It will also help with a number of other health issues too.
You want to give your dog a good brushing at a 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. Different dog breeds need different things.
Where do I Get a Havapoo Dog?
Most of the time you will get your Havapoo dog from a breeder. Sometimes this are known as a designer dog.
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. Regardless of the dog breed you get, 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.
Feeding and Diet
To get an understanding of what to feed your Havapoo (Havanese Poodle Mix) it is great to start off with looking at what dogs need in general.
Here is a list of dogs nutritional needs.
- Meat/Protein – The basic needs for muscles. Dogs need meat.
- Carbohydrates – We give our dog pure pumpkin and vegetables.
- Fat – Usually in the meat or raw, but they need fat for energy as well.
- Fibre – Just like us they need this for gut health and to keep things running smoothly.
- Vitamins and Minerals – You can use multi or other supplements if needed. Check with your vet.
We feed raw meat (beef, chicken and fish), pumpkin and vegetables everyday. We also use a multivitamin. Give your havapoo a good diet with high quality items. Avoid supermarket dry foods that has junk in it like corn and anything that ends in “meal”
You will need to ensure your dog gets the right amount of food for its weight, and check-in with your vet yearly to see if your dog is healthy and at the right weight. Each dog breed is different.
Socialization and Training
Training a Havanese poodle mix is similar to training a Havanese or a poodle. Havanese are known for being one of the most trainable dog breeds, and eager to please. Poodles are known as one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the whole dog world.
You will need to get on them early and ensure that you are training right from the beginning. It is important to create boundaries and stick to them.
Socialization is just as important as the training is. You will need to make sure that you expose your Havanese poodle mix to people and other dogs. These dogs are usually very social and will adjust very easily. Having said that it is still important to give them experiences that include children and other dogs. Being highly intelligent and energetic, this crossbreed needs to keep their mind occupied.
Make sure that you are giving them a safe space to get socialized, and that you are giving them positive affirmation when these events happen. Usually, in most cities, there are groups you can join that meet in parks and use the opportunity to socialize their dogs.
One of the things we do is to make sure that Nessie always sits in the same place when we eat dinner and that we don’t feed her from the table. This took a little to build in as a habit but it really does work. We say, “go to your mat” and she knows that at least one paw (ha) has to be touching her living room mat/bed. It just means we can eat without her begging at the table.
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How Big will a Havapoo Get?
A Havapoo Dog will remain a smaller style dog, even though sometimes the poodle part of the mix will make the dogs a little bigger. If the parent dog that is the poodle is a little bigger you can expect that the puppies will grow a little bigger as well. However each and every puppy is going to be different and become different.
The Havapoo will likely be from 10 – 25 inches tall and will weigh in the 10-25 pounds range. Again seems like a big range but that is because poodles will range in size from small to medium to standard.
Is a Havapoo a good family dog?
Both the Havanese dog breed and the Poodle dog breed are well known as great family dogs, they are intelligent, friendly and cuddly. The Havanese Poodle mix is a dog however that will need exercise and stimulation. They are generally not known as a dog that will entertain itself and be lazy. Yes they like to sleep and they will relax, but they are best suited for daily walks and daily interaction with a family.
Having said all of that it is also good to know that these dogs are easy to maintain around the home as they don’t shed that much, and are also hypoallergenic. The hair will grow and you will need to decide on the cut that you are going to maintain. This will also be affected by weather the dog is more Havanese or more Poodle.
Can a Havapoo be left alone?
Yes you can leave them alone. We leave our Havanese alone all of the time, and Poodles are fine alone. However, the max you would want to do it for is 8 hours give or take an hour. We are gone for work during the day and Nessie is fine. Like it was mentioned above you will still need to play with the, take them for a walk and interact with them.
Having said that, these are not dogs that like to be alone all of the time. These are not great danes. You will need to have regular interaction with them, as they can suffer from separation anxiety at times.
How much does a Havapoo weigh?
A Havapoos weight can fluctuate a lot because of parenting. Your Havanese Poodle mix might be more Havanese and only weigh 7-12 pounds, and be mixed with a smaller poodle. Or your pup could be mixed with a larger poodle and be more in the 25+ pounds range.