The Havapoo is a hybrid dog breed that’s a cross between a Havanese and Poodle. These dogs are known for their affectionate and loyal personalities and easygoing temperaments. Because they’re not an officially recognized dog breed, they don’t have a set of standards for their size and weight. So, you’ll notice more size variances with Havapoos than with purebred dogs.
When fully grown, Havapoos can weigh between 11–20 pounds. Because the size difference is vast, it’s important to keep track of your Havapoo’s size and weight to ensure they’re on a healthy growth and development track. Here are some things you can expect during a Havapoo’s puppy hood.
Havapoo Breed Overview
It’s not exactly clear when Havapoos first appeared, but most people speculate that they were first bred in the 1980s when many Poodle-mixes started becoming popular. Today, Havapoos are popular due to their adaptability and loyal personalities. They can live happily with many different types of people and lifestyles.
While there’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog, Havapoos have low-shedding coats and may be a better option for allergy sufferers. They’re pretty mellow and easygoing, so they’re considerable candidates for apartment living.
Havapoos are also usually good fits for families with children. They’re not known to be aggressive and are often patient with children. However, since they tend to be smaller dogs, children must be extra mindful of how they interact with them. Rough handling can easily lead to injuries, especially for smaller Havapoos.
Havapoo Size and Growth Chart
Havapoos can vary in size depending on what type of Poodle is bred with a Havanese. Most Havapoos have either Toy Poodle or Miniature Poodle in their lineage. So, the sizes of Havapoos have greater variances than purebred dogs. However, most Havapoos don’t exceed more than 20 pounds and won’t grow beyond 15 inches by the time they’re fully mature.
When Does a Havapoo Stop Growing?
Havapoos usually stop growing by the time they’re 12 months old. However, some may continue to grow for a few more months. They experience exponential growth within the first 8 months of life, and you’ll notice the speed of their growth tapering off after about the 8–month mark.
It’s likely that larger Havapoos bred by Miniature Poodles will grow a little slower than smaller Havapoos with Toy Poodle parents. So, you may notice that they stop growing at around 14 to 16 months rather than 12 months.
Factors Affecting the Size of Havapoos
A Havapoo’s size will depend on both genetic and environmental factors. Havapoos typically have either a Toy Poodle or Miniature Poodle parent. Havapoos with Toy Poodle parents tend to be smaller and may not weigh more than 10 pounds, while those with Miniature Poodle parents can weigh over 20 pounds.
Diet and nutrition also play an important role in growth and development. Puppies have specific nutritional requirements to ensure healthy growth and nutrient deficiencies can have a negative impact on their bone and muscle growth and brain development.
Havanese puppies require plenty of exercise opportunities to strengthen their bones and muscles. However, it’s also important not to over-exercise your puppy, as too much exercise can be detrimental to a puppy’s health. Your veterinarian or a professional dog trainer can help you determine an appropriate amount of exercise for your Havapoo puppy. They may also help you come up with exercise ideas that your Havapoo will enjoy.
Ideal Diet for Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Since Havapoos aren’t the most energetic dogs, it’s important to feed them an appropriate diet and the right amount to prevent excessive weight gain. Havapoos are more prone to obesity for a variety of reasons. Since they’re smaller, they can end up getting carried around too often, and it’s usually really difficult to resist giving them treats or bits of your own food. They may not express wanting to go outside for walks, so it’s easier to skip daily exercise.
Havapoos typically do well eating dog food with a small dog breed formula. Smaller dogs have different nutritional needs than larger dogs. Small dogs typically require more calorie-rich diets and often benefit from diets that contain glucosamine. Dog food specifically made for small dogs also has smaller pieces of kibble, which are much easier for Havapoos to chew.
Consistently communicating with your veterinarian during your Havapoo’s puppyhood can help you ensure your Havapoo is on a healthy growth and development track. Your veterinarian can help you determine if your Havapoo is eating enough food and if she needs any changes to her diet.
How to Measure Your Havapoo
Since Havapoos are relatively small, it’s usually pretty easy to measure them regularly. All you’ll need is a pet scale, tape measure, and some treats. When it comes to weighing your Havapoo, it’s often helpful to master the “sit” command so that your Havapoo is still while the scale measures her weight.
Measuring your Havapoo’s height may be a bit more challenging because you have to get them to stand still rather than sit. It’s helpful to have another person who can hold your Havapoo while you measure. Start from your Havapoo’s front paw and measure up to her shoulder.
Making sure to reward your Havapoo with praise or treats will make measuring easier as time goes on. Rewarding your Havapoo will teach and encourage her to sit or stand still much more quickly.
Fully grown Havapoos can weigh between 11–20 pounds and reach 10–15 inches in height. Some of the best things you can do for your growing Havanese puppy are to track her size and weight, feed her a high-quality diet, and maintain strong communication with your veterinarian. Being mindful of your Havapoo puppy’s growth can help her have a strong start and live many happy and healthy days well into her adulthood.
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