The Havanese is the sole native canine representing the country of Cuba, and Havanese mixes are proliferating.
These sprightly, lively little dogs are beloved in their home country and worldwide today.
In this article, learn more about some of the most popular Havanese mix dogs!
The Havanese is Cuba’s national dog. In Cuba, the Havanese’s real name is “Habaneros.”
To hear history (or perhaps legend) tell it, Havanese dogs were once presented as gifts to senoritas by hopeful suitors!
This purebred dog breed shares some genetic history with the Poodle, the Water Spaniel and the Portuguese Water Dog.
A Havanese is a toy-sized pup weighing 7 to 13 pounds and standing less than a foot tall.
Havanese dogs are known to be smart, affectionate, adaptable and sociable.
This dog’s long, silky coat has given the Havanese the nickname “Havana Silk Dog.”
The Havanese coat really doesn’t shed visibly, but brushing (or cording in adulthood) is essential to keep the coat from forming tangles and mats.
Havanese breeders should pre-test parent dogs for hip dysplasia, luxating patella, eye issues and hearing/congenital deafness (BAER test).
Thankfully, the Havanese life expectancy is typically a relatively long 14 to 16 years.
Hybrid breeding, or crossbreeding as it is sometimes referred to, is a controversial practice that is becoming more commonplace today.
One of the main purposes of hybrid breeding is to strengthen the genetic lineage for purebred dogs with known heritable health concerns.
Havanese Types List
If you want to find a specific Havanese mix dog in a hurry, use this clickable list!
Alaskan Klee Klai Havanese Mix (Havaklee)
Bichon Frise Havanese Mix (Havachon)
Bolognese Havanese Mix (Dualanese)
Cairn Terrier Havanese Mix (Cairnese)
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Havanese Mix (Cavanese)
Cocker Spaniel Havanese Mix (Havaco)
Jack Russell Terrier Havanese Mix (Havajack)
Lhasa Apso Havanese Mix (Hava-Apso)
Maltese Havanese Mix (Havamalt)
Miniature Schnauzer Havanese Mix (Schnese)
Papillon Havanese Mix (Havallon)
Pekingese Havanese Mix (Havapeke)
Pomeranian Havanese Mix (Ewokian)
Poodle Havanese Mix (Poovanese)
Pug Havanese Mix (Puganese)
Shih Tzu Havanese Mix (Havashu)
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Havanese Mix (Havawheat)
Welsh Terrier Havanese Mix (Havawelsh)
West Highland Terrier Havanese Mix (Havanestie)
Yorkshire Terrier Havanese Mix (Havashire)
Alaskan Klee Klai Havanese Mix
A Havaklee puppy has one Alaskan Klee Klai and one Havanese parent. The Alaskan Klee Klai’s nickname is the “Husky Lite.”
Expect a pup that grows up to weigh 7 to 22 pounds with a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
Your Havaklee will likely shed moderately and perhaps seasonally as well.
This pup will be active, intelligent and somewhat independent in temperament.
Bichon Frise Havanese Mix
The Havachon will grow up to weigh 7 to 18 pounds with a lifespan of 14 to 16 years.
These dogs won’t shed visibly but you will have plenty of daily brushing to do!
Your Havachon will inherit the flat-faced muzzle type (brachycephalic) from the Bichon Frise parent.
Our Havachon review article has more information!
Bolognese Havanese Mix
This is a cross between the Havanese and the Bolognese.
The Dualanese will be a tiny pup weighing 5.5 to 13 pounds. This dog has a life expectancy of 12 to 16 years.
These dogs don’t shed but the coat does need daily brushing and care to stay tangle-free.
Your Dualanese will need your time and attention – this is not a dog that will do well when left alone on a daily basis!
Cairn Terrier Havanese Mix
Your Cairnese will weigh 7 to 14 pounds with a life expectancy ranging from 13 to 16 years.
The Cairnese probably won’t shed much but will benefit from regular brushing and grooming.
These dogs are terriers, so expect a splash of stubbornness here and there. Also expect lots of love and devotion from these outgoing pups.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Havanese Mix
The Cavanese will weigh between 7 and 18 pounds and live anywhere from 12 to 16 years.
These dogs may shed lightly but frequent brushing will help to control shed-out hair.
The Cavanese inherits the brachycephalic muzzle type from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent.
Cocker Spaniel Havanese Mix
A Havaco will weigh between 7 and 30 pounds and live 10 to 16 years.
The Havaco will shed moderately and need regular maintenance brushing.
These dogs are gentle, sweet-tempered, funny and devoted.
Jack Russell Terrier Havanese Mix
Your Havajack will weigh 7 to 18 pounds with a life expectancy of 13 to 16 years.
These dogs, like Jack Russells, will shed moderately year-round and seasonally. Regular brushing will help keep the coat clean and tangle-free.
Your Havajack will be independent and lively yet devoted to “their” people.
Lhasa Apso Havanese Mix
The Hava-Apso will weigh 7 to 18 pounds with a lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
These dogs won’t shed much but you will do lots of brushing!
Your Hava-Apso may inherit some of the shortened (brachycephalic) muzzle shape from the Lhasa side.
Maltese Havanese Mix
The Havamalt will definitely be toy-sized, weighing less than 7 to 13 pounds. The life expectancy for these dogs is 12 to 16 years.
Your Havamalt won’t shed much but will need daily brushing and gentle de-tangling.
This dog will be at risk for brachycephaly as well as hydrocephalus (water on the brain) from the Maltese influence.
Miniature Schnauzer Havanese Mix
The Schnese will weigh 7 to 20 pounds and live 12 to 16 years.
This dog probably won’t shed but will need near-daily brushing and coat maintenance, like the Schnauzer.
A Schnese is a devoted, active pup with a natural love of play and athletics.
Papillon Havanese Mix
The Havallon will weigh 5 to 13 pounds with a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years.
These dogs will shed somewhat and will require regular brushing to de-tangle their fine human hair-like coat.
Havallons are very people-focused, active and intelligent.
Pekingese Havanese Mix
The Havapeke can weigh 7 to 14 pounds and has a lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
These dogs have long, silky coats that can shed year-round and seasonally and require plenty of brushing.
The Havapeke will inherit the flat-faced (brachycephalic) muzzle from the Pekingese side.
Pomeranian Havanese Mix
The adorably-nicknamed Ewokian looks like – you guessed it – an Ewok!
The Ewokian will be a toy-sized puppy with an adult weight of 3 to 13 pounds and a lifespan of 12 to 16 years.
The Ewokian won’t shed but will need plenty of coat maintenance to stay tangle-free.
Your Ewokian will inherit the brachycephalic (flat) face type from the Pomeranian influence.
Poodle Havanese Mix
The Poovanese will grow up to weigh between 4 to 15 pounds depending on the Poodle parent’s size. Expect an average lifespan of 10 to 18 years.
The Poovanese’s coat will be non-shedding but you will have daily brushing duties!
Our Poovanese review article has more information!
Pug Havanese Mix
The Puganese is a small, charming pup that will weigh 7 to 18 pounds with a life expectancy of 13 to 16 years.
The Puganese may or may not shed lightly – the Pug sheds but the Havanese does not.
This dog will inherit the brachycephalic (flat) muzzle from the Pug parent.
Shih Tzu Havanese Mix
A Havashu puppy will have a weight range of 7 to 16 pounds and a lifespan of 10 to 18 years.
Your Havashu will inherit a non-shedding coat from both parents.
Unfortunately, the Havashu will inherit the brachycephalic (flat-faced) muzzle type from the Shih Tzu parent.
Our Havashu review article has more information!
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Havanese Mix
Your Havawheat will be one of the larger hybrid dogs you meet here, weighing 7 to 40 pounds. The typical lifespan is 10 to 16 years.
This dog will shed only lightly.
Most Importantly, the Havawheat is extroverted, very people-centric and can be stubborn.
Welsh Terrier Havanese Mix
The Havawelsh will weigh anywhere from 7 to 20 pounds and can live 12 to 16 years.
Your Havawelsh will shed somewhat, yet will still need regular grooming.
This dog will be energetic and active, friendly and sociable.
West Highland Terrier Havanese Mix
Your Havanestie will weigh between 7 and 20 pounds in adulthood and inherit a life expectancy of 13 to 16 years.
As a result of his parents, your Havanestie’s coat won’t shed much. It will still need plenty of brushing though.
These pups will be smart, athletic and so you can expect them to be somewhat independent.
Yorkshire Terrier Havanese Mix
A Havashire is going to be a toy-sized dog weighing 7 to 13 pounds, and these dogs can live 11 to 16 years.
Both parents contribute a long, silky, only lightly shedding coat, so regular brushing and grooming are required.
Your Havashire will be active, cheerful and thus very keen to be with you!
This dog will also inherit the flat-faced (brachycephalic) muzzle shape and attendant health concerns from the Yorkie parent.
Is A Havanese Mix Right For Me?
We hope you have enjoyed learning more about each of these Havenese mix breed dogs!
References and Resources
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