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Nicole Cosgrove

June 21, 2021


The Poovanese is a small to medium sized mixed breed the result of crossing a Havanese with a Poodle. He is also known as a Havapoo, Island Mini Doodle, Havanoodle, Havadoodle and Havanesepoo. He has a life span of 10 to 14 years and has talents in obedience, agility, watchdog and tricks. He is a very happy dog with a lot of spirit, affection and loyalty.

This is a dog that is so easy to love and will adore you in return with all his heart. He is great for families or anyone really who can give him a couple of walks a day and some play time. He is a great companion and his happiness will make you smile every day.

Here is the Poovanese at a Glance
Average height 8 to 15 inches
Average weight 15 to 45 pounds
Coat type Medium to long, wavy to curly
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing 3 to 4 times a week
Touchiness Fairly sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Low
Barking Occasional
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Moderate to good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good but best with older ones
Good with other Dogs? Very good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Very good to excellent with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good when getting enough exercise
Good Pet for new Owner? Excellent
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Moderately active
Tendency to get Fat Fairly high
Major Health Concerns Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands, Chondrodysplasia, deafness, Portosystemic Shunt, heart problems,
Other Health Concerns Joint dysplasia, skin problems
Life Span 10 to 14 years
Average new Puppy Price $500 to $2000
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $675 to $750

Where does the Poovanese come from?

The Poovanese is a designer dog who was created in America sometime in the last decade. Designer dogs are a very popular trend at the moment. Regular people and celebrities are singing their praises. Most are recent creations in the last two to three decades, the result of two purebreds being bred together and the offspring is often given a cute blended name. Some are created with thought and care. A lot are not sadly. There are a great number of disreputable or ignorant breeders, puppy mills and so on who are seeing this trend and making a great deal of money from it. The problem is their dogs are not always the perfect creatures they promise and they rarely take proper care of them. Make sure you research who you are buying from carefully. With no specific history or origins yet known about the Poovanese we can look at the parents to have a better understanding of what is being blended into the Poovanese.

The Poodle

The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard.

They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.

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 Poovanese is a very affectionate and loving dog. He is smart and easy to train and is amazingly happy and spirited. He loves to play, is good with the children and then loves to cuddle too. He does not bark much and is friendly and sweet and outgoing. He is not overly needy but he does love you and will be completely loyal to you. He can be entertaining too and will have you laughing at his antics.

What does the Poovanese look like

He is a small to medium sized dog weighing 15 to 45 pounds and standing 8 to 15 inches tall. He looks quite like the Havanese usually but with the curl of the Poodle. He has brown eyes, flappy ears and a coat that can be medium to long and wavy to curly. Sometimes he will come with a docked tail. Common coat colors are golden, brown, gray, cream, white, black and salt and pepper.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Poovanese need to be?

The Poovanese is a moderately active dog who would enjoy trips to the dog park, taking daily walks (one or two), playing either in the home or a yard. He is able to live in an apartment as long as he gets enough exercise. A yard is a nice bonus, if there is one it should be properly fenced in. Make sure he also has toys and mental stimulation.

Does he train quickly?

He is moderately easy to train, he is intelligent and eager to please so training should not take a lot of extra work. He should be given early socialization and training to help ensure he becomes the best dog he can be. He responds best to positive methods. Use a firm tone, show him you are pack leader and be consistent but keep it positive, offer rewards and praise to encourage him. He likes his treats so food rewards are often the most successful method!

Living with a Poovanese

How much grooming is needed?

He does not shed much and can be a hypoallergenic dog. If allergies are a big issues though always visit the dog with the person who has the allergies to test if they react or not. With little shedding there is little clean up. He will still need regular brushing to get out the tangles and snarls, something like every other day. Bathing should just be done when he really needs one and a dog shampoo should be used. After the bath make sure his ears are properly dried. His ears should be checked once a week for infection and cleaned by wiping with a damp cotton ball or cloth using just water or dog ear cleaning solution. Sometimes Poovanese can have problems with small hairs growing in the ears which will need to be plucked out. It can be done with your fingers and should not hurt him. He will also need to have his teeth brushed at least twice a week. His nails may need trimming when they get too long. This is something you can learn to do yourself with care or leave to a groomers. He will need his coat taken care of by a groomers every two months or so.

What is he like with children and other animals?

He is good with children, friendly, playful and loving. He is also good with other pets and other dogs. Smaller children should be supervised with him when he is at his smaller size since they could inadvertently hurt him. Any interaction with other animals or children is always more successful when early socialization and training have been undertaken. It also helps when they have been raised together.

General information

This is not a good dog to have if you want them to alert you to intruders. He is unlikely to bark or let you know. He does bark occasionally and he will need 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of high quality dry dog food each day, split into at least two meals. He is good in most climates but should avoid very cold ones.

Health Concerns

When buying a mixed breed it as just as important to use honest breeders and expect to see health clearances as if you were buying a purebred. Health issues that a Poovanese may be more at risk of because their parents are include Addison’s, bloat, Cushings, epilepsy, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, Patellar luxation, eye problems, Von Willebrands, Chondrodysplasia, deafness, Portosystemic Shunt, heart problems, joint dysplasia and skin problems.

Costs involved in owning a Poovanese

A puppy could cost somewhere between $500 to $2000 and that price may be for the puppy only or it might include some things. If not already covered you need to also factor in the cost of the following, neutering, micro chipping, shots, blood tests, deworming, a crate, carrier, collar, leash and other basic supplies needed. These will cost between $455 to $500. Annual costs for items such as food, treats, license, training, toys and professional grooming come to $675 to $750. Annual medical basic costs for things like pet insurance, flea prevention, check ups and vaccinations come to $460 to $550.


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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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