If the trend toward small hybrid dogs that resemble a teddy bear is not one that strikes your fancy, then the Havatese, a cross between a Havanese and a Maltese, may make you give up stuffed animals altogether. The words “adorable” and “cute” and “fluffy” have met their match in this mix-up pup, which, if stationary for long enough (and wearing the typical short haircut), could easily be mistaken for something from Build-A-Bear.
But even skeptics will be hard-pressed to ignore a Havatese if they ever meet one. The Havatese dogs we’ve met thus far have been lovely companion animals.
DOGSTER WARNING: If you are in the market for a Havatese, please be forewarned that this is not an established breed, and the chances that you will encounter backyard breeders or puppy millers trying to capitalize on this fancy mutt’s popularity are pretty high. As with any breed, please DO YOUR HOMEWORK and resist the urge to implulse buy. If you see “buy it now” PayPal buttons on websites hawking these dogs, this is a huge red flag and we implore you to run screaming in the opposite direction.
We are also huge fans of adoption here at Dogster, and urge you to look at local shelters and rescues for lovable pups that might just – gasp – be the offspring of a Havanese and a Maltese. It’s really not too far-fetched. But anyway, onto the profile…
The Havatese is an affectionate, friendly mixed breed who bonds with his family and is comfortable with strangers. This is an easy dog to live with — he is as equally happy in an apartment as he is in the country. He is good with children and other pets, as long as the pets are introduced slowly.
However, if you don’t like brushing a dog, don’t get a Havatese. In those whose hair is kept long, daily brushing is necessary, and sometimes more often. Even when the coat is kept short, mats can develop, so brushing is also needed.
The Havatese has a wealth of energy, indoors and out. Daily walking for your Havatese is essential, of course, but even with sufficient exercise, a Havatese tends to be very energetic inside the house. He’s always ready to chase a ball or bombard the cat, and he rarely sacks out on the couch for long. An interactive owner is best, and patience may be needed when you’ve thrown the squeaky toy for the 30th time that day.
The Havatese can inherit health problems from either parent. These include congenital deafness, patellar luxation and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (interruption of the blood supply to hip joint).
We’ve already established that the Havatese often closely resembles a very fluffy teddy bear, but they do have more distinguishing canine characteristics. Some are white like their Maltese parent, but they can be several different colors: tan, black and white, tri-color, or white with tan markings. The Havatese inherits his long, silky coat from both parents.
The average weight of the Havatese is 7 to 11 pounds with a height of 8 to 11 inches. They are small, purse-sized if you’re so inclined, and the round black eyes that peer at you from the round head (made even rounder by the typical Havatese haircut) make even the hardcore dog “un-enthusiast” want to pet them.
Havatese and Maltese puppies playing (see if you can tell them apart):