Havapoo (Poovanese)

The Havapoo is a small-sized dog, a cross between two purebred dogs the Havanese and the Poodle (standard, miniature or teacup).

Havanese X Poodle = Havapoo

They are also referred to as Poovanese (or even cuter names like Havanoodle or Havadoodle). The Havapoo is a toy sized, cuddly and fluffy breed. These small dogs are cute, playful, and energetic breeds. All of these qualities them a fantastic family dog or an affectionate companion.

This breed is recognized by the ACHC (American Canine Hybrid Club) under the name Poovanese.


As a crossbreed, the Poovanese will inherit physical traits from both parent breeds. They may have fluffy and curly or wavy like the Poodles.

They have round and dark button eyes, small, black nose, hanging ears, and fluffy tail that adds to its cute personality. Their small frame is rectangular and somewhat squat due to their short legs.

This breed can come in a wide variety of colors. The most common are black, white, brown, apricot, grey, and cream. A combination of white and any of the other colors is also very common.

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Quick Info Havapoo/Poovanese

Other NamesPoovanese, Island Mini Doodle, Havadoodle, Havanesepoo, Havanesedoodle.
ColorRed, brown, black, gray, white, multi-colored
CoatMedium, Wavy, Long
Breed TypeCrossbreed
Breed GroupCompanion Dog, Designer Dog
SizeSmall Sized
Hieght8-15 inches
Weight15-45 lb
Life Span/Life Expentancy10-14 Years
TemperamentLoving, Playful, Energetic, Social, Affectionate, Obedient
Barking LevelLess
Energy LevelActive
Good with ChildrenYes
Good with Other DogsYes
Litter Size2-9 puppies
Country of OriginU.S.A
Competitive Registration/Qualification InformationACHC, DRA, DDKC, DBR, IDCR

Temperament and Behavior

Havapoos are adorable little creatures that are friendly, energetic, playful, loving, intelligent, and outgoing. The temperament of the Havapoos will depend on their behavioral traits inherited from both their parent breeds.

They greet their owners with all love, enthusiasm, and joy. They are an intelligent dog breed, and very willing to please, making them easy to train and teach tricks. Owing to their playful instincts, they love playing with small kids and other pets of the house. However, small-size dogs often suffer from the very common ‘small dog syndrome’, it is wise to pet them in homes that have older kids.

Due to their small size, they are excellent dogs to be kept in a small home or apartment building so long as they are given enough room for physical activity or exercise.

Havapoos are good with strangers, especially if they see that their owner approves of them. This behavior makes them less of a watchdog. They are well natured with other pets, especially if they have been socialized from a young age. These canines are very social and may pester a lazy cat or dog in their desire for play.

The Havapoos are sensitive pooches and grow close to their owner, which makes them a precious companion dog.

Care ~ Exercise

The Havapoo is a fairly energetic breed, though it is active indoors and will not require a great deal of outdoor exercise. However, these sweet canines spending time outdoors. Take them out for a short walk or jog at least once a day or a visit to a dog park will help them release their energy. Allow them to play off-leash if you are living in a house that has a safe enclosure.

Grooming & Maintenance

Grooming and maintaining a Havanese Poodle mix is easy. Like most other non-shedders, it is enough to brush your Havapoo twice to thrice a week to ensure cleaning the dead hairs and to prevent the coat from tangling and matting. Clip the long nails and wipe its eyes and ears to avoid infection. Bath it occasionally in a monthe or two only with dog shampoo.

Health Problems

This is a relatively healthy breed with no significant health problems being reported. They have a life-span of 10-12 years. But they are not immune to genetic issues because even crossbreeds are often vulnerable to health issues that had earlier affected their parent breeds.

Although, there are frequent issues like

  • Joint dysplasia
  • Ear Infections
  • Dental Problems
  • Allergies

which the owner should keep an eye for. Try to get a health history of both its parents from your breeder or rescue. Lastly, it is advised to get the dog vaccinated and arrange for an annual vet checkup.


The Havapoo is intelligent and easily trainable and would go to any extent to please its master. The best way to make your training success is a positive reinforcement.

Begin your training when you bring home your puppies from the breeders or rescues, and they are still quite young. They need a calm owner who would be able to instill authority and encourage them in proper times and be a leader of its pack.

Teaching them Socialization training and obedience skills is particularly important from an early age for the puppies to combat this issue of sensitivity around children and other pet animals.

Potty training, house training, etiquette, and crate training are also easy for them to learn, provided you hold your patience and never be rude to them considering their sensitive nature.


Havanese full grown pets are highly energetic dogs require high-quality food to give them adequate nutrition. To keep the Havapoo’s teeth strong a dry kibble diet is recommended.

Make sure the commercial diet is advised for this breed. The amount of food can change on the basis of the dog’s size, age, and metabolism.

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