Havapoo – The Havanese Poodle Mix

The Havapoo is a delightful result of breeding between a Havanese and Miniature or Toy Poodle. Although this cute designer dog may be called a Havanoodle or Havadoodle, the most popular name is Havapoo. The small dog is quite intuitive to the thoughts and feelings of humans and pets in the family. They react to emotions in a voice and offer sympathy and support to a distressed family member. Likewise, they appear to laugh and give a wide doggie grin when everyone’s particularly happy. They enjoy training because doing things right please the family. Praise, an occasional treat, and positive reinforcement results in the perfect pup. How much of these amazing characteristics are due to the dam and sire?

Origin of the Havanese Poodle Mix

Smart and Lively Havanese

The Havanese demonstrates creative ingenuity by creating games he likes to play and sharing the techniques with his human family. Originally from Cuba, the small dog is now popular around the world. He loves companionship, be it kids, dogs, cats, and adults. Barking is minimal while his ability to learn is great. The Havanese may display a fluffy or silky coat. Either is beautiful and frequently features patterns in different colors. Other dogs in his family include Bichon Frise and Maltese.

Intelligent, Hardworking Poodle

Known for a long history as a hunter, Poodles have caught waterfowl and small mammals in ancient Rome and medieval Germany and France. The superior intelligence and quick recognition of commands made the Standard Poodle a popular choice for breeding down in size to become companions to nobles. Toy and Miniature Poodles resulted over generations and are frequent choices when breeding designer dogs whose main characteristics include friendliness, easy to train, and excellent companions to nearly everyone.

Havanese Poodle Mix

The Havapoo is a wonderful combination of parentage, typically showing off the Havanese tail and face. The stature is more like a Poodle, while its nature depends on genetics. The good news is that both breeds are smart, friendly, and sociable. Resulting offspring typically reflects the desired qualities of Havanese and Poodles and make excellent companions.


The Havanese Poodle mix usually is 8 to 15 inches in height with a weight between 15 to 45 pounds. It all boils down to genetics and what’s passed on by the dam and sire. The poodle influences size, leading the human family to choose between a Toy and Miniature Poodle and virtually ignoring a Standard poodle. Pups tend to display a Havanese face and build. Since both parents are well-built, beautiful dogs, the results produce a win-win appearance. Coats are either curly or long and wavy. There’s little shedding with either coat. The Havapoo may be black, dark brown, or white. It also features a multi-colored coat, such as white with touches of gold and brown, or shades of poodle grey mixed in with the main coat color.


Both houses and apartments are ideal for the small stature of the Havanese Poodle mix. Be sure he has an area where he can run and play without getting hurt, because exercise keeps him strong and healthy. Havapoos enjoy being near their human family while playing in the home. He’s an intelligent dog and thrives with one or two outdoor short walks daily and some outdoor playtime during good weather. Check the neighborhood for a dog park that has a special area for smaller dogs.

Affectionate and cuddly, it’s common to see Havapoos snuggle up on the couch or chair with any family member. There are few behavior problems because he is genuinely a good-natured designer dog. Even barking is minimal, and with the right training the pup will learn to stop with a single command or gesture. The dog needs to be handled gently, so supervise small kids while they get to know their new furry family member.

It’s easier to train this designer dog because the Poodle’s intelligence and desire to please are traits typically carried on to the next generation. You’ll see your Havapoo cock his head to the side to listen and watch you give directions. Don’t be surprised to discover he picks up the routine and results more quickly than you expected.

Socialization training should begin before the puppy moves to your home. Get to know the breeders and the pup’s parents, as that is a key to the way the dog responds. A good breeder begins socialization training quite early to be sure the pup will make a good companion.


Havapoos enjoy having their coat brushed, as it gives them some one on one time with a family member and keeps dirt and other objects from getting stuck under their coat where it can case irritation. Be sure to brush your pup’s teeth a few times a week so dental problems are kept at bay. Brushing also reduces bad breath. Nails should be trimmed before they get overly long. If you hear loud clicking as your pup prances across the floor, either trim the nails yourself or make an appointment with the groomer.

Havapoo Health Concerns

The average life of a Havanese Poodle mix is 10 to 14 years. Common health problems include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Addison’s
  • Heart conditions
  • Von Willebrand’s
  • Eye concerns
  • Cushing’s

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