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Meet The Havapoo – Havanese Poodle Mix Breed Guide

The Havapoo is an adorable mixed-breed dog that looks more like a stuffed teddy bear that has come to life than a dog. Whether you already own this bundle of love or are looking to add one to your family, this guide is for you!

We will discuss The Havanese Poodle mix’s origins, physical characteristics, temperament, price, and a lot more, all in this guide!

What is a Havapoo?

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Havapoos are the result of crossbreeding Miniature or Toy Poodles with Havanese dogs. The result is a cute, cuddly, and adorable small dog that makes an excellent pet for nearly any home. Havapoos are known by several other names such as Havoodles, Havadoodles, Havanoodles, Poovanese, etc. To study the origins of a Havanese Poodle mix, let us consider the origins of its parent dogs:

Havanese

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The Havanese dog may have descended from the Bichon Frise. Havanese are native to Havana, Cuba, which gives the breed its name. Havanese are also The National Dog Breed of Cuba.

Some Cubans that fled to America brought their Havanese dogs with them and these became the foundation stock for the Havanese dogs that we see today. Havanese are cute little lapdogs popular for their adorable looks and thick fleecy fur that does not shed too much. Havanese dogs are also incredibly smart and easy to train.

Poodles

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Poodles may have originated from French Water Dogs called Barbets – however, this is not a proven fact. After all, the breed might have existed since the Roman times and paintings found in the era have shown Poodle-like dogs.

The Poodle’s country of origin is most likely Germany where it may have been bred for the purpose of duck hunting. The word Poodle is also likely to be derived from the German word for puddles (pudel).

 Poodle dogs of today are extremely smart and learn commands very quickly. This feature has consistently earned them a top spot in the list of the smartest dog breeds. They also have hypoallergenic coats that do not shed too much, which makes them one of the most popular dog breeds across the globe. The breed’s desirable traits also make it ideal for crossbreeding with other dog breeds. 

Poorly bred Poodles can be neurotic and highly strung, suffering from behaviour problems like reactivity and separation anxiety. For this reason, puppy buyers should always meet at least one parent of their puppy. During this meeting, you can assess the temperament of the pups’ parents and ensure that they are mentally and physically sound and not living a stressful life in a puppy farm or breeding facility.

The Havoodle may have originated around the late 2000s when more and more people asked breeders for compact-sized, easy-to-train dogs. The Poodle was ideal for crossing due to its high trainability and low-shedding coat. The Havanese was also a beloved pet due to its cute looks and intelligence. Moreover, it also has human-like hair instead of dog fur which makes them hypoallergenic as well. Therefore, breeders thought it was perfect for crossing with a Poodle.

Physical Features of Havapoo – How Big will a Havapoo Get?

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Havapoos are small dogs, but they are bigger than their Havanese parent. Their size is not standard and depends on their Poodle genes. Some breeders use Miniature Poodles while others use Toy Poodles in their breeding stock to create the Havapoo. Accordingly, your Havanoodle puppy could grow up to 8-15 inches (20 to 38 cm) (measured at the shoulders) and weigh between 10-45 lb. (4.5 to 20 kg). More recently there has been an increase in the popularity of teacup-size poodle mixes, these typically weigh less than 3kg.

The coat colours commonly seen in Havanese dogs are black, tan, white, cream, brown, chocolate, merle and golden. The colours seen in Poodles are apricot, tan, black, brown, white, cream, silver, phantom, parti-colour etc. Therefore, the resulting Havapoo pup could have these coat colours or combinations thereof.

Are Havapoos Hypoallergenic? What Coat Type do Havadoodles Develop?

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As with their size, the coat type is not standard in this hybrid dog. Some Havapoos tend to develop the thick and straight or wavy coat of the Havanese. In such a case, they will have human-like hair, not fur. Others might develop a curly and tight coat like the Poodle.

In any case, since both parent breeds – Havanese and Poodles – are hypoallergenic, the Havoodle is also hypoallergenic. This makes them a great choice for allergy sufferers. (A word of caution – no dog is 100% hypoallergenic – even the so-called hypoallergenic dogs such as Havapoos. A pet allergy sufferer could still experience a runny nose, sneezing, or watery eyes due to the proteins present in the dog’s saliva and urine).

Do Havapoos Need a Lot of Grooming?

Havapoos need a fair amount of grooming. Irrespective of the kind of coat your pet has, you must brush it at least 2-3 times a week. This is especially important to prevent mats and also remove dirt and parasites.

Your pet will also need ear cleaning on a weekly basis. You can trim your dog’s nails once a month. Bathing is also recommended as a once-a-month activity, but if your pet swims or rolls around in the dirt often, then you might want to bathe it more frequently.

The Havapoo is not a big dog and can be washed and groomed at home. They can be washed in the bath, laundry sink or simply in the shower. They can then be towel dried and brushed whilst blow-drying their coat. There are powerful blow driers available that make drying your Havapoo a breeze. A semi-regular bath and blow dry will keep them clean and fresh between visits to a professional groomer.

Havapoo’s coat also grows rapidly, so you will need to trim it frequently to keep it more manageable.

Personality and Temperament of Havapoos – Is the Havapoo a Good Dog?

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The Havapoo is a great dog. It loves people, so once you have a Havapoo as a pet, you will never be short on affection or attention! When you are home, your pup will want to be right next to you. It won’t care what you do as long as you include it in your activities.

Havapoos are extremely intelligent, and they use their minds to entertain their humans. You will have fun watching your pet dance around – it looks hypnotic, cute, and funny at the same time.

Havapoos are incredibly loving, but they also need more attention than most dogs. For the same reason, many tend to suffer from separation anxiety like their Cavapoo cousins, when left alone all day. If you plan to bring a Havapoo and work outside your home, you might want to consider options like a pet sitter or daycare to enrol your pet in.

The defining characteristics of the breed are silky, sweet, smart cuddlers. The Havapoo is a bundle of energy that wants to be by your side all day. They are people-pleasers so you can trust your dog to lift your mood at the end of a long, hard day. Havapoos also love to cuddle and that makes them great lapdogs for elderly people or therapy dogs for those with anxiety.

Being intelligent dogs means that you need to keep your pet mentally stimulated. Taking your Havapoo out for daily walks is the best way to do so. Walking not only helps your pet expend its energy and burn calories but also lets it sniff around.

In addition to walks, you can also invest in puzzle toys that can make your Havapoo work for its food. Training your Havapoo is also a great way to keep it mentally alert. Teach your pet basic obedience commands, a few simple tricks, and the name of its toys. You can also arrange obstacle courses at home or enrol your smart fur baby in some agility, flyball, scent or obedience courses.

Training a Havapoo is easy and fun. With consistency and positive reinforcement, you will see excellent results in a short period of time. Training is also fun since you’ll get to learn many amazing things about your sweet pet’s behaviour.

Havapoos tend to get along well with other dogs and kids if they are socialised with them from a young age.

Do Havapoos Bark?

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Unfortunately, Havapoos are known to be quite the barkers. Like many small dogs, they are sometimes not comfortable with strangers and are bound to be quite vocal around newcomers. They might also bark at passersby from your window or anytime they feel something is amiss in the surroundings. This trait makes them excellent watchdogs, but you might want to train your dog to bark on cue from early on to prevent this unwanted behaviour.

How Much Does a Havapoo Cost?

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Havapoos from reputed breeders could cost anywhere between $2000 to $4000. The price depends on the puppy’s lineage, coat colour, age, and the breeder’s reputation. These designer dogs are rare in the USA and Australia, so finding good breeders can be difficult.

In addition to your Havapoo puppy’s price, you will also have to plan financially for the lifelong care of your pet. Most small dog owners spend between $15,000 and $20,000 over their pet’s lifetime.

Best Dog Food for Havapoos

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The right nutrition for your Havapoo depends on your pet’s age or life stage, overall health, and activity level. You can choose holistic dog food made with premium ingredients like cage-free poultry, wild fish, or other sustainably raised animal protein sources.

Good dog food will provide your Havapoo with protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. The food should also contain vegetables and fruits that are GMO-free so your Havapoo can get all the antioxidants.

Adult Havapoos need food with probiotics for improved digestion and better immunity. Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids are needed to lubricate the joints, improve cognition in young pups, and also support vision and heart health in older dogs. Senior Havapoos can benefit from dog food enriched with chondroitin and glucosamine for enhanced joint health.

Look for small-breed dog food free from corn, wheat, fillers, preservatives, and artificial flavours. If you opt for kibble, make sure the pieces are small and easy to pick for your dog’s small jaws. You also have the option of feeding your Havapoo a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food Diet (BARF), wet/canned food and semi-moist food.

How Long Do Havapoos Live?

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Havapoos could inherit health issues from their purebred parent dog breeds. The common diseases seen in Havapoos are hip or elbow dysplasia and eye issues like Progressive Retinal Atrophy.

You can avoid many of these health problems by only buying your Havapoo from a good breeder that conducts hip score & DNA testing on their breeding dogs. Reputed breeders conduct several health checks on the parent dogs for joint and eye-related issues.

They also promote genetic diversity and the out-crossing of dog breeds with health issues to reduce genetic health problems in the puppies.

What is Better Havapoo or Cavapoo?

The Havapoo and Cavapoo are similar-sized dogs and both are prone to similar behaviour problems such as separation anxiety and barking.

If you’re an allergy sufferer, the Havapoo might be a better option than a Cavapoo, because they are unlikely to be high-shedding like some Cavoodles can be. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a heavy shedder and some Cavoodles (particularly those bred by inexperienced breeders), inherit their smooth coat or something similar that is prone to shedding. The best Cavoodle and Havapoo breeders, DNA test their breeding dogs for coat traits such as furnishings, weak furnishings and shedding genes. 

Breeders that conduct genetic testing for coat traits in their breeding dogs have an insight into what type of coats their puppies available will grow to have.

This helps poodle mix puppy buyers make informed decisions about how their dog will look when fully grown, the grooming requirements and the extent of their propensity to shed or not shed. 

What is the difference between a Havanese and a Havapoo?

The Havanese has a straighter coat texture than the Havapoo. Though it is more likely to shed, it is also much easier to maintain between visits to the dog groomer.

Generally speaking, when the Poodle breed is mixed into a dog’s genetics, the coat becomes more work for an owner to maintain because it is more prone to knots and mats. To prevent matting and knots, poodle crossbreeds should be combed and brushed (down to the skin) at least 2-3 times per week.

This tendency for their coat to tangle, also makes them less likely to shed. Therefore, for those that want a hypoallergenic dog, a well-bred Havapoo would be more suitable than a purebred Havanese. 

The Havapoo like the Cavapoo can be prone to separation anxiety. A dog with separation anxiety, will potentially whine, bark, soil, chew, dig and develop abnormal repetitive behaviours, when they cannot access their owner. 

Understandably, separation anxiety is the most common behaviour problem among small Poodle mix breeds. Selecting your Havapoo puppy from a responsible breeder who selects only mentally sound dogs to breed with is the first step in ensuring you will be able to leave your Havapoo alone. 

Secondly, following on from the training that the Havapoo breeder commences, you will want to ensure your dog is crate trained. Crate training, is not cruel, instead it allows your puppy to learn that they can be independent of you and that good things happen when they are left alone. The process starts slowly and the best breeders commence crate training with their puppies from the age of about 6 weeks.

It is not uncommon for puppies that come from ethical breeders who crate train, to sleep through the night without crying in the first week or so of you bringing them home.

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Like any small poodle mix breed, Havapoos can be hyper, reactive and noisy. A Havapoo puppy from a responsible breeder will be well adjusted, confident, optimistic, flexible and will have the benefit of being somewhat skilled in independence through crate training.

A calm dog, is generally a happy dog. A great start is to meet all of their mental stimulation, sleep, nutrition, grooming and physical exercise needs. Providing these needs have been met; a dog that is comfortable being left alone and that has received rewards for calm behaviour will likely grow to be a calm Havapoo. 

Lifespan of a Havapoo

Most Havapoos live for 14-16 years.

Havapoo Puppy Availability in Australia

The Havapoo is a relatively rare poodle cross breed in Australia. If you’re having trouble finding Havanese cross Poodle breeders or puppies for sale near you, consider looking for a rescue or other similar poodle mix breeds such as the Papi-PooBichoodle, Cavoodle, Chi-Poo, Yorki-Poo, PeekaPoo, DoxiePoo, ShihPoo, Schnoodle or Bichoodle.

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