The Havapoo, also known by the names Hava-Poo, Island Mini Doodle, Havadoodle, Havanoodle, Havanesepoo, Havanesedoodle, and Poovanese is a cross between the Havanese and Poodle breeds. They have a curly, medium to long coat, round button eyes, small black nose, hanging ears, and fluffy tail. Their coat can come in multiple colors including red, brown, black, gray, and white. These charming little fluff-balls are known for their friendly nature and energy. Both famously adored, the Havanese is the National Dog of Cuba and the Poodle is the National Dog of France. Bred for companionship, these dogs are known to be very social, trainable, friendly and easy to care for. Their fur comes in various colors including brown, grey, tan white and black.
The Havanese is a toy breed that earned its way to being the national dog of Cuba by being so loving and affectionate that it has the nickname if being the “Chinese Velcro dog” for being famously glued to their owner’s side. The Havapoo is sure to be extremely loving and loyal as well as highly intelligent, as Poodles are famous for being the most intelligent dog breed. Havapoos can also be somewhat sensitive, so be sure to give them lots of attention and positive reinforcement. They will not respond well to negativity or aggression in training. This lovely hybrid earns excellent marks across the temperament board from trainability to friendliness. They are not known for being loud or barking unless neglected. Give your Havapoo plenty of love, exercise and stimulation and you are sure to have a lovely cuddle buddy eager to please!
This intelligent dog will love to play games in addition to exercise. Give them opportunity for recall such as naming toys and asking them to retrieve the specific toy. Off leash walking is very common for a breed like this as their recall and drive to please is strong. Early training and socialization will ensure a dog like this reaches their full potential of sticking by your side and being sweet to all people and pets!
Due to their intelligent and energetic nature, Havapoos need some space to run and play to avoid boredom, which can lead to exhibiting destructive behavior. It is best to take them out for a short walk or jog at least once a day and give them mental stimulation.
Like most other low-shedding breeds, it is enough to brush the Havapoo two to three times a week to ensure a clean coat and to prevent the coat from matting.
The Havapoo is an intelligent, friendly, and outgoing breed and therefore easily trainable. As with other dogs, it is also best to begin training from a young age to avoid behavioral issues in the future.
This hypoallergenic breed is great for people who suffer from allergies. Their low shedding coat still requires brushing about two to three times a week to avoid mats. It is also good practice to have their hair trimmed every six weeks or so to keep them nice and pretty. Make sure to keep up on their dental hygiene and check their nails regularly to see if they need clipping. It is recommended that a Havachon is only bathed when necessary, with a natural shampoo to avoid skin irritation. Check their ears every week for dirt and wipe clean.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
- American Canine Hybrid Club
- Designer Breed Registry
- Designer Dogs Kennel Club
- Dog Registry of America, Inc.
- International Designer Canine Registry
Average Weight: 15-45 lbs.
Personality Traits: Social, affectionate, intelligent
Country of Origin: United States
Coat: Medium, Long