As a HavaPoo Breeder for many years I can tell you that “Delightful” is the best word to describe the HavaPoo breed! (Havanese / Mini, Moyen/Klien or Toy Poodle mix breed) HavaPoo (AKA Poovanese & HavaNoodle) puppies average between their parents sizes as adults = 9 to 17 pounds depending on the parents sizes and the puppy that you choose from the litter. They are smart, funny, and ALWAYS happy! Their favorite thing in life is to please you and can always make you laugh with their clowning around! They have silky soft wavy to curly long hair that feels so lush in your fingers. GREAT cuddlers! I am going to describe the two breeds that are combined into the well-loved “HavaPoo”. This will help you to understand why they have become such a hit with families everywhere! Here are some pictures of Havanese / Poodle mix breed puppies. There are many more photos of them in my photo gallery – Enjoy!
Just recently Registered by the AKC in 1995, Havanese are known as the National Dog of Cuba. They are a happy, outgoing, charming, small but sturdy dog whose temperament and trainability have made them excellent candidates for obedience training. Havanese are natural companion dogs: gentle and responsive. They become very attached to their human families and are excellent with children. Very affectionate and playful with a high degree of intelligence. These cheerful dogs are very sociable and will get along with everyone including people, dogs, cats and other pets. They live long lives, (14-15 years), and possess a kind spirit. They attach to their owners easily, making them “fantastic little friends.” They can have a little bit of a shaggy appearance, but when brushed, are soft as a down pillow. Havanese are gentle, kind little dogs that are ideal for owners who want a little buddy to follow them around.
Havanese are responsive and friendly. They are intelligent, faithful, and devoted to their families. They are natural clowns as well. Havanese are affectionate and living to please. They are attentive, quiet and gentle, but still love to play. They will play tirelessly with children. Havanese require minimal exercise, making play sessions an easy outlet for their energy.
Learning Rate – High; Obedience – High; Problem Solving – High.
The Havanese is a non-shedding, hypoallergenic double-coated breed with soft hair, both on outer and undercoat. Adult hair coat reaches 6 to 8 inches, and has a pearly sheen.
The gait is unique – lively & ‘springy” which accentuates the happy character of the Havanese. The Havanese gives a rugged impression of a little dog, sturdy, and while a small breed, it is not fragile.
Easy to obedience train, this curious dog loves to observe what is going on. The Havanese have a long reputation of being circus dogs, probably because it learns quickly and enjoys doing things for people. It is not their nature to bark a lot. Havanese are good watch dogs – making sure to alert you when a visitor arrives, but will quickly welcome the guest once it sees you welcome them. Havanese live for your every word and gesture.
Identical to the Standard Poodle except in height, they may be descendants of the Standard Poodle. We know that the Standard (sized) Poodle developed first, and that the Miniature and Toy Poodles were developed afterwards, and all three varieties have a long history. It is not known for certain if the Miniature and Toy Poodles are “bred down” versions of the Standard, or if these smaller Poodles developed in their own right. An interesting hypothesis dealing with the history of any breed that predates written history, did the breed develop from a common ancestor, or did the breed develop because dog fanciers from different countries were trying to breed a dog for a particular purpose and function and, independently developed a breed of dog that had similar traits?
The Mini, Toy, and Teacup Poodles are VERY smart, sensitive little dogs who make perfect pets for a less active person who has time to pamper these natural little clowns and be amused by their quaint antics. Well proportioned and squarely built, the Toy Poodle (6-9 lbs) was bred down from the Miniature Poodle (10-15 lbs) , and the Teacup (3-5 lbs) was bred smaller even yet. They are an intelligent breed with a good natured disposition and are very easy to train, the easiest of all the Poodles. Delightful and lively dogs, the Poodle makes an excellent family pet who will adapt to any situation and lives to please their master. Poodles are an efficient choice for the owner who wants an obedient dog. They are affectionate with their family, a little wary with strangers, but still accepting of them. They love to be around family and friends, and get along well with other animals and children. They hug better than any dog I have ever known! They come in any color, and have very curly, thick fur. Not only do they have an winning personality, but their hypoallergenic coat is non-shedding. (as are all my dog breeds) Responsive, alert, sensitive and eager to please describes this ancient breed.
The Poodle rates very high as a watch-dog. These dogs are highly alert and will let you know if something unusual is happening. Their Learning rate is also Very High. Toy Poodles are VERY intelligent, (second only to the Border Collie which is a high energy, highly shedding large dog). Obedience – Very High. Problem Solving – Very High. There are very few breeds that rate this high in everything. This is why the Poodle has been such a popular breed for so many generations! Poodles have a very long life span of 15 to 17 years.
I previously bred the ShihPoo (ShihTzu / Poodle) puppies as you may have wondered why I have changed to the HavaPoo puppies over the years. Well, I am going to explain here: When I began breeding the Designer Dogs, most folks were unfamiliar with the Havanese breed since they are fairly new to America. The Havanese breed itself is a MUCH heartier, healthier breed. They have that wonderful sweet personality as the ShihTzu but do not have the flat face which contributes to teeth and sinus problems. The Havanese also generally has more tolerance to toxins (stronger liver / kidney) and a stronger immune system. I know that the ShihPoo mix breed is very hard to improve on -but nothing is impossible! It can be done with the HavaPoo! As you can see I breed for Healthy/Hearty puppies. ( I spelled it that way on purpose!) LOL I have retired my ShihTzu daddies & I now no longer breed the ShihPoo puppies although my ShihPoo puppies were quite healthy, it increased our chances for perfect health, good teeth/jaw alignment, and no breathing/sinus problems. Even if you are dead set on a ShihPoo, you may want to highly consider the HavaPoo. You may not want to miss out on one of these wonderful, delightful little puppies!