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Nicole Cosgrove

June 18, 2021
The Havashire is a small cross of the Yorkshire Terrier and the Havanese. This mixed breed is an agile dog who had a life span of 12 to 14 years. She is a lively and perky dog with a protective nature. She may also be called a Yorkshire Terrier/Havanese Mix.
Here is the Havashire at a Glance
Average height 8 to 12 inches
Average weight 6 to 12 pounds
Coat type Silky, long
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Moderate to high
Shedding Low
Brushing Daily if coat is kept long
Touchiness Very sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low – can suffer from separation anxiety
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Moderate to very good depending on coat
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good depending on coat
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Moderate to very good – needs socialization
Good with other Dogs? Good to excellent – socialization needed
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate to average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent due to size
Good Pet for new Owner? Moderate – best with owners who are experienced
Trainability Difficult
Exercise Needs Fairly active
Tendency to get Fat Average to above average
Major Health Concerns Chondrodysplasia, Legg-Perthes, Eye problems, Deafness, Patellar Luxation, liver problems, Heart problems, PSS, Hypoglycemia, Collapsed Trachea
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, Reverse Sneezing
Life Span 12 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $500 to $1700
Average Annual Medical Expense $435 to $535
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $535 to $635

Where does the Havashire come from?

The Havashire is a dog designed in the last 10 years most likely when many designer dogs have been bred. Designer dog is a term used to refer to these deliberately bred first generation mixed dogs. Most have two different purebred parents. There are usually blended names too. There are some good breeders of these dogs who are still careful about lines and look after the dogs and get the purebreds health clearances. But there are also very bad breeders who mistreat their animals, do no checks into their lines and really do not know anything about real breeding. Therefore it is important you are careful where you buy your dog from. When we have no real information on its origins we take a look at the parents for some idea of its history.

The Havanese

When Cuba was claimed by Columbas in 1492 settlers from Spain began to arrive. They brought with them small dogs who then bred with the dogs on the island. The resulting breed developed into the Havanese. They became very popular by the early 1800s with the rich in Cuba and then with the rich and noble in Europe. However their popularity faded and by the late 1800s they had disappeared from Europe and were even rare in Cuba. When Cubans fled into America after the 1959 revolution some brought what remained and over the years it has been reestablished.

Now the Havanese is a breed known to need lots of attention and companionship so does not do well when left alone. He is affectionate and has a very gentle nature. He is intelligent and trainable and will spend his time happy in your lap or entertaining you with his antics. He does not bark much and can live in an apartment or a larger home but he does need more exercise than most small dogs.

The Yorkshire Terrier

In England in the mid 19th century Scottish workers came looking for work in Yorkshire bringing with them a dog called the Paisley Terrier or Clydesdale Terrier. They were used for catching rats and mice around the mills. These were crossed with other terriers and in 1861 we see the first Yorkshire Terrier in a show called a broken haired Scotch Terrier. In 1870 they started to refer to them as Yorkshire Terriers because that is where most of the breeding and development had happened. In America the earliest record of one being born there is in 1872.

Today the Yorkie as they are often referred to is a confident and clever small dog with quite an intrepid spirit. They can have a range of personalities, some are more cuddly, some are more active, some are mischievous. One thing most Yorkies have in common though is if you spoil them too much they can become quite a handful!


The Havashire is an affectionate and protective dog, very loving towards her family, very alert and quite a perky little thing. She likes to do her own thinking but is also very attached and want to be around so if you do not want a dog that is always in the way this is not the one for you! She is happy and friendly, very loyal and quite social. She has moments of energy and playfulness and is a good family dog. She loves to get attention and lots of fussing. She is a sensitive dog and she will not be happy being left alone for long periods.

What does the Havashire look like

This is a small dog weighing 6 to 12 pounds and standing 8 to 12 inches tall. She has erect or flappy ears, a straight, long and silky coat with common colors of brown, golden, black, white, cream and chocolate. Her body tends to be short but her legs are longer. She can look more like the Yorkie or Havanese or some kind of mix of the two.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Havashire need to be?

She loves to be active and has a fair bit of energy. Her size though makes are perfect for apartment living and with indoor play, regular walks each day and trips to somewhere she can run off leash she will be fine without a yard. Her walks should be 15 to 20 minutes each at least. A dog park is a good place to play with her, let her off leash and let her socialize.

Does she train quickly?

Unfortunately this is a harder dog to train so a lot of patience will be needed. You will have to be firm with her and stay consistent but still try to be positive. Avoid punishing or snapping at her, she is sensitive so will not respond well to that. Because of this she should be owned by experienced owners and if needed you can turn to professional schools or trainers for help. As well as being harder to train in terms of obedience she can also be hard to house train. Make sure you stick with it though and include in socialization along with the training. A well socialized dog is more trustworthy and more confident.

Living with a Havashire

How much grooming is needed?

There is quite a bit of grooming to be done with the Havashire. The coat if kept long will need to be brushed daily to keep the tangles and debris out. It will also need to be trimmed regularly by a professional groomer. At the same time the groomer can clip the nails if they get too long. There are live vessels and nerves in dog nails so if you want to do them yourself make sure you know where is safe to cut.

Bathing should be kept for when the dog’s coat really needs one so that you do not dry out her skin. Her ears should be checked once a week for infection and given a wipe clean. Her teeth should be brushed two to three times a week at least. This is a low shedding dog so there should not be too much loose hair around the home or on clothing.

What is she like with children and other animals?

She can vary on how she is with children, from moderate to actually very good depending on which parent she is more like. With socialization she can be playful and affectionate towards them, but some are better around older ones only, or ones they have been raised with. She is good with other pets and other dogs too with socialization.

General information

Most are good watchdogs, alert and likely to let you know with a bark if someone is trying to enter. She barks rarely and will need to be fed ½ to 1 cup of a good quality dry dog food a day, split into at least two meals.

Health Concerns

The parents of the Havashire can pass on health issues to it. These include Chondrodysplasia, Legg-Perthes, Eye problems, Deafness, Patellar Luxation, liver problems, Heart problems, Joint dysplasia, Reverse Sneezing, PSS, Hypoglycemia and Collapsed Trachea.

Costs involved in owning a Havashire

A Havashire puppy can cost between $200 to $750, the range coming from types of breeders, location and the health and age of the puppy. Initial costs along with the cost of the puppy for medical concerns like spaying, chipping, blood tests, check up, vaccinations and deworming come to $260 to $300. Other initial costs like bedding, bowls, leash, collar, crate and carrier come to about $200. Annual non-medical costs like grooming, training, food, toys, license and treats come to $535 to $635. Medical yearly basic costs like pet insurance, check ups, shots and flea prevention come to between $435 to $535.


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The Havashire is a funny and happy dog and will bring a lot of love and laughter to any home. Owners will find it easy to love her but be prepared for some hard training and house breaking. As loving as she is with her owners she will need socialization to be able to be at ease with other animals, dogs and children.

Featured Image Credit: Left – Mr. SUTTIPON YAKHAM, Shutterstock; Right – buchsammy, Pixabay

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.

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