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There isn’t much that we can learn about the history of the Havapoo, aside from the fact that it’s a fairly new breed of doodle that was likely developed in the United States somewhere in the last 20 or so years. We do know that the Havanese breed originated in Cuba, and that the Poodle is from Germany (and is the national dog of France) –this mix is quite the international wonder.
It’s not too surprising that by combining the Havanese and Poodle breeds you create a practically perfect pup—the Havapoo. With intelligence, friendliness, and charm coming from both sides, this mix makes a wonderful addition to any family, especially with children. They have definitely made their mark as a doodle that’s doting, playful, and guaranteed to only gain popularity in the upcoming years.
Like many mixed breeds, the Havapoo’s appearance can vary, depending on the parents.
The coat can also vary in texture and curliness, though most Havapoos have some form of wavy locks that range in length from medium to long. Their coats also come in a variety of colors, with white, gray, brown, red, and black being the most common.
Havapoos are also known for their floppy ears and short legs, which gives them the appearance of a fluffy, adorable teddy bear which is probably one of the many reasons why people love them so much.
Havapoos are very intelligent, which doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering their parent breeds. They’re also one of the most loving and friendly mixes, which makes them exceptional family dogs since they are so gentle with children
These pups are energetic though, so they’ll need plenty of playtime outdoors, and lots of stimulating toys to keep them entertained inside. Their smarts mean that they tend to get bored easily, so make sure to keep things interesting for them if you want a happy dog on your hands.
Havapoos are an adaptable breed and can be happy in most situations, so long as they’re surrounded by loved ones. Their size means that they don’t need a lot of space, but they will need to have access to the outdoors, whether that’s a nearby dog park, a fenced backyard, or just a sidewalk where they can walk and check out the sites.
It’s important that whoever chooses this precious pup is someone that can provide them with enough exercise, mental stimulation, and attention to keep them content.
They’re a smart, outgoing breed, and need to be part of a family that can keep up with them – and that will appreciate their unique qualities.
When it comes to training Havanese and Poodle mixes they are great because they’re both obedient, intelligent, and eager-to-please breeds. If you start training them when they’re puppies, you’re even more likely to have success.
Positive reinforcement works best with these pups, so be sure to use treats (when they are old enough, check with your vet) and rewards as a way of keeping your dog motivated during training. You’ll also want to monitor the volume and tone of your voice, as Havapoos are very sensitive to your feelings, which means that being patient and positive with them is even more important. But don’t be afraid to be an authoritative leader for your dog, since their high intelligence means that they need to understand that you’re in charge.
- Height: 9-18”
- Size: Small-Medium
- Weight: 7-20lbs depending on if Toy, Mini or Standard
- Availability: Might take some effort to find
- Talents: Performing tricks, Companionship
Even though they have long, luscious locks, the Havapoo coat is not that difficult to take care of. They don’t shed much, but it is important to brush them at least every few days to take care of the tangles and knots that can form. Brushing also keeps their coats healthy and shiny and gives you a chance to bond with your dog while you’re spending time together.
- Children: Excellent with children
- Friendliness: Very Friendly
- Trainability: Fairly easy to train
- Independence: Fairly independent
- Dominance: Moderate
- Other Pets: Great with other pets
- Combativeness: Friendly with other pets
- Noise: Average barker
- Indoors: Moderately active indoors
- Owner: Good for novice owners
- Grooming: Regular grooming needed
- Trimming and Stripping: Some trimming or stripping needed
- Coat: Curly/Medium coat
- Shedding: None or Very Light
- Docking: Ears and tail are not cropped or docked
- Exercise: Moderate exercise needed
- Jogging: A good jogging companion
- Apartments: If sufficiently exercised, will be okay in an apartment
- Outdoor Space: Ok with or without a yard if exercised
- Climate: Does well in most climates
- Longevity: Average (10 to 14 years)