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Havashu Breed Information

The Havashu are charming, lively, playful, and highly affectionate dogs. Their sunny disposition and darling personalities have made them one of the best family companion pets around. They are welcoming towards strangers, they share their toys with furry friends, and they adore kids.

The Havashu is a dog that knows how to have fun. He enjoys swimming during summertime, chasing, playing ball, and jumping in piles of snow during winter. When it comes to his family, the Havashu has nothing but unconditional love to give. His mischievous ways will keep children amused around the clock and his positive mood will light up every room.

The Havashu puppies are a designer hybrid cross between a Havanese and a Shih Tzu.

BREED TYPE / MIX Hybrid / Havanese crossed with a Shih Tzu ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Determined TEMPERAMENT Cheerful, Playful, Social,Loving ADULT WEIGHT 7-15 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 8-12 in LIFE SPAN 12-16 yrs

Havashu Characteristics

  • The Havashu benefits from hybrid vigor  
  • Their lively spirit, outgoing personality, and daring nature make the Havashu dogs fun adventure companions  
  • The Havashu is not a heavy shedder. He is considered semi-hypoallergenic and is a great choice for those suffering from mild pet-related allergies
  • A dog that loves to be groomed and is eager to please - the Havashu is a wonderful first pet for novice owners
  • Havashu dogs love to love. They love their four-legged friends, kids big and small, their pet parents, and even strangers
  • The Havashu is great for competitive agility and obedience
  • Highly adaptable – the Havashu and Havashu puppies are happy in both large and small living spaces
  • The Havashu loves to travel and explore new places
  • Havashu dogs make wonderful companion pets for families with children, singles, couples, and active seniors  

Havashu Breeders

Like people, the most critical moments in a puppy's life starts in the beginning. It truly takes a special breeder to assist with nourishing and raising an Havashu puppy properly. Only the nation's best Havashu breeders can provide the best quality of life. Here at Premier Pups, we work hand-in-hand with our breeders. Providing a safe, natural, comfortable, and healthy environment for the nursing mother and her baby is essential.

The footage produced in our videos is 100% real. We directly take un-staged, unedited, and only authentic scenes at our breeder locations. We only align ourselves with Havashu breeders whose standards are much higher than the rest. We spend consistent on-site time with our selected breeders and can undoubtedly say that our puppies come from a caring environment.

Havashu Appearance

True to their parent breeds, the Havashu are small, gorgeous, happy, and cuddly-looking dogs. They are toy-sized with an average height of 8 to 12 inches and a weight of 7 to 15 pounds. The Havashu sports a long silky coat that sheds very little and has hypoallergenic qualities. This cute pooch has a sturdy-built body, a short muzzle, a small button nose, dark round expressive eyes, floppy feathered ears, and a fluffy tail worn curled over the back. A full-grown Havachu has a wavy or sometimes curly coat that can be black, white, gray, brown, cream, sable, a combination of these colors with various patterns and markings. The Havachu dog appears strong, happy, confident, and friendly.  

Havashu Temperament

The Havashu is a fun-loving, gentle, and affectionate dog. He loves canine games, camping, and hiking trips, swimming, playing in the snow, and spending time with his family. Known as a Velcro dog, the Havashu is completely attached to his favorite humans. Wherever they go, he is there, inquisitive, curious, and ready to cuddle. Kitchen? – present. Bathroom break? – present. Grandma’s house? – present again. The Havashu will never miss out on an opportunity to be near his family whether they are on a plane to the Bahamas, on a road trip to Vegas, or on a ski slope.  

The sunny Havashu loves to make new friends. He is highly social, outgoing, and friendly. He gets very enthusiastic about going to the dog park where he can entice his four-legged friends in a playful chase, and he loves his daily walks dearly because they give him the opportunity to turn heads and meet new people.   
When it comes to intelligence, the Havashu dogs check the box proudly. They are very smart dogs although not always so easily trainable. Known to have a dash of a stubborn streak, these wonderful dogs need plenty of motivation, delicious dog treats, patience, and praise. Once they figure out they get rewarded for obeying, they become the best students and can be trained quickly in basic commands, and move on to advanced obedience and agility training.  

Kids and the Havashu make up the ideal friendship. They are equally energetic, mischievous, and adventurous. They can play for hours on end, wear each other out, keep busy, discover and explore, and learn the art of patience and responsibility together. The Havashu pups are quick to bond with children, and that kind of love is unbreakable.  

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Havapoo vs Havashu Comparison

Choosing between two small dog breeds can be a daunting task, especially when the choice comes down between two fancy dogs such as the Havapoo and Havashu. These beautiful dog breeds are kind-hearted, playful and fun-loving. If you crave a companion pet that can offer unconditional love and a never-ending supply of cuddles and joy, these two dogs are the way to go.  

Since taking both bundles of joy home isn’t an option everyone has, we’ve prepared a detailed comparison...

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Havashu History

The Havashu, also known as the Hava-Tzu or Havatzu, are a modern designer crossbreed. Like most designer-mixed breeds, the Havashu breed doesn’t have a rich history. The breed originated in the United States during the ’90s and has been one of the most popular designer breeds of the canine world. As a crossbreed between the Havanese and Shih Tzu breeds, the Havashu are 50% Havanese and 50% Shih Tzu.  

To gain a better understanding of the Havashu breed, we can take a look at the Havanese and Shih Tzu parent breeds.  The gorgeous Havanese dogs are sweet, family-oriented, lively, and joyful pups. These dogs have been the favorite companion pet for high society and wealthy families in Cuba, across Europe, and the United States for centuries. Also known as the “Havana Silk Dog” and the “National Dog of Cuba”, the Havanese were developed and defined in Cuba shortly after Columbus colonized it. The wonderful Havanese pups traveled from Cuba to every corner of the world and were met with instant fame. They are famously known as excellent therapy dogs, affectionate companion pets, and comical stunt artists.  

The Shih Tzu, also known as the “small lion dog”, “a dog of royal attitude”, and the “chrysanthemum-faced dog”, is a canine world aristocrat. The Shih Tzus are charming, devoted, and loving dogs. Their fashionable appearance and big personalities have earned them high popularity in both the United States and the United Kingdom in the past 20 years. A dog of grace and kindness, the Shih Tzu is believed to have originated in China many centuries ago. These dogs have lived luxurious lives through many Chinese Empires and have been raised as companion pets on the laps of kings, emperors, noblemen, and high society ladies.  

The Havanese – Shih Tzu mixed breed (Havashu) is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, the International Designer Canine Registry, and the Dog Registry of America.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Havashu? A Havashu is a designer hybrid cross bred between the Havanese and Shih Tzu.

What was the Havashu bred for? This breed was developed for companionship, its competitive obedience and agility and to be an alert watchdog.

What are the health concerns associated with this breed? The most common health concerns for this breed include, Patellar Luxation, Chondrodysplasia (Chd), Bladder Stones, Mitral Valve Disease, Allergies and Bone and Joint Problems.

How much does the Havashu weigh? On average the Havashu weighs between 7 to 15 lbs.

How big does the Havashu get? At full grown, the Havashu will measure between 8 to 12 inches at the shoulder.

How much will my Havashu eat? The Havashu as a full grown adult will require about 1 cup of high quality dry pet dog food each day. This is to be split up into two separate meals-preferably one in the morning and one at dinner time.

What is the average lifespan of the Havashu? The average life expectancy of the Havashu is between 12 to 16 years.

What is the temperament of the Havashu? This charming little pup is cheerful, playful, social and very loving. They are highly alert which makes them excellent watch dogs and they are very responsive. Like that of the Havanese parent, they can have a streak of stubbornness.

Does the Havashu make a good family pet? Yes. The Havashu breed is a great family dog and gets along great with children and other pets. They have a tendency to become very attached to their family.

Is the Havashu a good choice if I live in an apartment? This is a great option for those who live in an apartment. This breed doesn’t need a whole lot of space and adapts very well to their environment.

Is the Havashu hypoallergenic? They are not hypoallergenic, but they have very little to no shedding, which makes them a great option for owners who suffer with pet allergies.

Where does the Havashu originate? This breed was developed right here in the United States.

What other names is the Havashu recognized as? The Havashu is also referred to as Hava-Tzu and Havatzu.

What clubs and organizations recognize the Havashu? The Havashu is recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Breed Registry, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc. and the International Designer Canine Registry.

How much exercise does the Havashu require? This little one will require a daily walk as well as some active play. A dog park is an excellent option for the Havashu to romp around and enjoy the socialization of other dogs.