Poovanese: Havanese & Poodle Mix

Poovanese: Havanese & Poodle Mix

Height: 13 – 16 inches
Weight: 30 – 45 pounds
Lifespan: 12 -14 years
Colors: Black, brown, gold, grey
Suitable for: Families, homes with a yard, singles, and couples
Temperament: Laid back, friendly, intelligent, loyal, and playful


The Poovanese breed retains the shape of the Havanese breed and keeps the curly fur of the Poodle. The fur length ranges from medium to long, and the amount of curl present will also vary. These dogs have floppy ears and brown eyes.

 Poovanese (Poodle & Havanese Mix)
Poovanese (Poodle & Havanese Mix)

The Poovanese is a mixed breed of dog created as a Havanese Poodle mix. This breed was created in the United States and has steadily gained popularity over the last 10 years, but the exact origin is unknown.

Poovanese Dog Breed Information and Pictures
Poovanese Dog Breed Information and Pictures

What is a Poovanese?

It has several names.

The Poovanese is also known by several other names, including Havapoo, Havadoodle, or Island Mini Doodle.

They are considered “hypoallergenic”.

They are considered “hypoallergenic” because they have a low-shedding coat.

They’re sturdier than they look.

Although they may be small, they are generally solid throughout with good musculature. Adults, children, and other pets still need to take their small size into account when playing, but they handle playing and other physical activities, such as walking, fetch, hide-and-seek, with ease.

How easy are Poovanese to train?

The Poovanese is half Poodle, so it is extremely intelligent and can learn a new trick in no time at all. Training your pet is extremely easy and only requires standing in front of your pet, repeating a simple command like speak or sit, while holding a treat to get your pet’s attention. Once your pet does what you ask, you can give it a treat.

Repeat this process a few times a day, and in a short time, your pet will perform your trick in one command. Once you are successful teaching your pet a few simple tasks, you can try to increase the difficulty      of tricks that have more than one step, like sit and bark, etc.

Poovanese | Dog Breed Facts and Information
Poovanese | Dog Breed Facts and Information

Diet and Nutrition

Poovanese can vary in weight from as little as 15 pounds up to 45 pounds depending on their genetics. Choose a quality pet food with a good protein and feed your pup the recommended amount based on the weight of your pet. It may take a few tries to find a food your pet likes, so be ready to try different brands. If you are uncertain what food to feed your dog, ask your vet for recommendations of quality dog food.

If you need to switch your dog’s food at any time, switch the food a little at a time until the whole meal is the new food. For example, if you feed your dog 1 cup twice a day, make ¼ of each cup the new food at each meal to slowly introduce the new food to your dog. Many dogs get digestive upset when their food is switched abruptly so it is important to slowly adjust their diet over 7-10 days to prevent diarrhea or vomiting.

How would you describe the temperament of Poovanese?

The Poovanese are extremely loving dogs that like to hang out with family members. They watch television and sit at your feet, but they’re also large enough and have a loud enough bark to scare off any intruders or unwanted guests around your home. They are also great with children and create lifelong bonds with them. They are not so large they knock the children over or scare them, but not so small the child can hurt it by pulling on hair or sitting on it.

It retains the Poodle’s high intelligence and excels at learning new tricks, especially hard ones like fetching the newspaper or your slippers. They have excellent problem-solving skills that can often get them into trouble if left alone for too long with something they want.

How healthy are Poovanese?

Because the Poovanese is a relatively new breed, there hasn’t been the time to find the conditions specific to the Poovanese. We can look at the parents to see some things that often occur in the parent breeds.

Serious Conditions
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia

Minor Conditions

  • Deafness: Another problem associated with the Havanese side of the Poovanese breed is congenital deafness. Because this trait passes from parents to the child, a reputable breeder will not breed a dog that carries this gene, but they do occasionally get bred undetected or unknowingly. Because of the prevalence of deafness in the Havanese breed, we recommend getting your Poovanese tested using the BEAR testing system by your veterinarian.
  • Epilepsy: Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in dogs, and it’s known to affect the Poodle side of your Poovanese. This disease can cause seizures to occur in your dog and can be quite dangerous. Treatments and medications can help, so a proper diagnosis from a qualified veterinarian is the best place to start.


The coat of a Poovanese varies in length, but it’s curly or wavy. It has a double coat with a short layer underneath and the topcoat is fluffy. Poovanese shed very little and only need to be brushed 2-3 times a week to prevent tangles or to remove any knots from their fur. A comb, dematter, and a pin brush will be useful tools for proper care of your dog’s coat.

Bathe your pet only as needed- although light-colored dogs may need to be bathed more often due to the color of their coat showing dirt. Keep their ears dry after baths and ask your vet how often you should clean your dog’s ear to help prevent ear infections from occurring. Remember to clip your dog’s nails every few weeks and if you can’t do it yourself, hire a good groomer to take care of bathing and nail care.

How active are Poovanese?

Poovanese will require daily walks as part of a moderate exercise routine each day. It is recommended that you walk your Poovanese about 9 miles over a week to keep it happy and healthy. They will also need playtime every day with you to stay healthy and fit. They are intelligent dogs and mental stimulation will be needed to prevent boredom. Puzzle games and training exercises will help keep boredom at bay.

Male vs Female

There are very few differences between the male and the female Poovanese in terms of weight, size, and features. In our experience, the males tend to exhibit more of an alpha personality, while the female has a slightly higher pitched bark. Both traits would require an experienced owner to recognize the difference.

Related Questions

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

This friendly pup gets along well with other dogs and pets. Early socialization with other animals in the household will be important for pet harmony within the home.

Are These Dogs Good for Families?

Poovanese are good family dogs as they do well around children. Young children should learn to be gentle with the Poovanese and the dog should be socialized with children from a young age to avoid any potential conflicts. They are good companions to family members as they love to spend time with their owners. They are not big barkers and will be unlikely to let you know an intruder is in the home.

What’s the Price of Poovanese Puppies?

Poovanese puppies typically cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,000 with the average price being around $1,800. Many breeders offer socialization of puppies, vaccinations, and deworming, which accounts for some of the total cost of a Poovanese puppy. Your puppy will also likely cost more if the parent breeds are registered purebreds with the American Kennel Club. Reputable breeders will be willing to talk to you about the health of the parent breeds and are also likely to offer a health guarantee for a length of time or a certificate of general good health upon adoption.

Final Thoughts

Poovanese are loveable companion animals that are happy to spend their time with their humans. The hybrid combination of the Poodle and the Havanese makes for a smart and trainable pet. They want to please their owners and respond well to positive reinforcement training. It will be important to take your Poovanese on walks every day as exercise because they can gain weight if they don’t have physical activity every day. It will also be important to groom your dog a couple of times a week, brush its teeth, trim its nails, and keep its ears clean to prevent infection. If you’re prepared to take excellent care of this furry bundle of joy, then you’re all set to become a dog parent to the loveable Poovanese.

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