Get to Know the Havachon Breed

With mixed breeds growing in tremendous popularity, it didn’t take long for breeders to realize that it would be a great idea to combine the best characteristics of the Havanese and the Bichon Frise. On top of their gentle and loving disposition, Havachons are also very friendly and agreeable. They do extremely well around children and other pets.

If you’re considering growing your family with a Havachon, it helps to learn more about this designer’s breed unique characteristics.

Life Expectancy of the Havachon

The Havanese has an average life expectancy of about 12 to 15 years. Its lifespan is no different from that of a Havanese’s, however it is slightly lower than that of a Bichon Frise’s that can live anywhere between 16 to 20 years. Compared to most breeds, the Havachon is generally considered to have a relatively long lifespan.

This is not a good reason to be complacent, however, as any puppy can inherit health issues from either of its parents.To ensure that the puppy is in good health, you must have copies of its health clearance as well as the health clearances of its parents. Doing so would give you the assurance that the breeder is a reputable source, as they strive to provide a healthy breeding environment for the parents.

Possible health issues for this designer breed include eye problems, patellar luxation, deafness, heart problems, joint dysplasia, bladder problems and allergies. With a healthy environment, balanced diet and regular exercise, many of the lifestyle problems can be avoided if your dog is cared for properly.

Temperament of the Havachon

On top of a pleasant personality, the Havachon is loyal and very devoted to her owner. It is also smart and curious, much like the Bichon Frise, and also very happy and energetic, just like the Havanese. Aside from its cheerful disposition, the Havachon is also agreeable and easy to train. It thrives best when it is given puzzles to solve and little challenges to maneuver. It also likes the company of people and other pets – making the Havachon an ideal companion dog and also a great family member.

This really comes as no surprise as both the Bichon Frise and the Havanese also exhibit the same desirable characteristics. Bichons, in particular, are cheerful dogs that are easy to live with. They also enjoy playing games and are peaceful with everyone. The Havanese, on the other hand, is an energetic dog that is extremely trainable and excels in a number of canine careers such as circus performing and assisting the handicapped. It sticks closely to its owner’s side too, which the Havachon has luckily inherited.

Unfortunately, the Havachon also acquired some of the least desirable characteristics of both breeds such as their notorious housebreaking difficulties, their separation anxiety tendencies and their potential for excessive barking. Much like the Havanese, the Havachon will also have difficulty feeling secure on its own. That’s why they will tend to follow you from room to room throughout the day and will experience anxiety when left alone. They would oftentimes resort to excessive barking  in order to vent their frustration.
The best approach to counter these behavioral problems is to make sure your Havachon is socialized at a young age, as a puppy,  and is exposed to as many people and as many different stimuli as possible. Doing so would definitely help them grow up to be well-rounded dogs that are not only pleasant but also well-behaved. You should also make it a point to provide them with the companionship they need, as this breed requires a great deal of company and shouldn’t be left alone for more than a few hours.

Size of the Havachon

The Havachon is a tiny dog that weighs about 6 to 12 pounds and measures about 9 to 12 inches tall. It is practically the same size as a typical Bichon Frise. Compared to a Havanese, it is a few inches shorter and lighter.

Its relatively small size means it can live practically anywhere, from a massive house with a yard to a studio apartment. Yet just because it’s small doesn’t mean its exercise requirements are mild. In fact, you need to take them out for a 30-minute walk at least once a day. Even if they are small, the Havachon is a very active dog breed that can exhibit destructive behaviors when they have too much energy that doesn’t get spent.

Surprisingly the Havanese also has a lot of endurance for a tiny dog too, so it enjoys games like fetch and tug of war as much as any large dog does. So, if you’re not one to spend time outdoors and enjoy getting active, the Havachon may not be right for you as it is not your typical lap dog that just wants to cozy up.

Where to get a Havachon?

As with many designer breeds, it is not easy to find an abandoned Havachon at your local shelters or non-profit animal rescue organizations. It doesn’t hurt to try out your luck with Adopt-a-pet.com. It is the largest pet adoption website in North America and is proudly supported by Petco foundation and other big brands such as Purina and Bayer. All you have to do is type in ‘Havachon’ as your breed of choice and your zip code for your location.

If this is proving to be difficult, the next best thing you can do, before reaching out to a professional breeder, is to check out Havanese or Bichon Frise groups on Facebook and give it a shot by posting about your search for a Havachon. It wouldn’t cost you a penny to ask other members of these online communities about it. Who knows, maybe you’re just one Facebook post away from owning a Havachon.

You can also go to BichonRescue.org for a list of of all Bichon shelters and foster homes located in your area. If you’re lucky, the shelter nearest you may also be taking in mixed breeds, as long as one of the parents is a Bichon.

If adoption does not seem to be an option, your safest bet would be to get in touch with a specialized breeder in your neighborhood who breeds Havachons. The Humane Society of the United States developed this excellent resource to help you make sure that you’re dealing with a responsible breeder ~ How to Find a Responsible Dog Breeder.

We hope this information proves useful to you if you are searching for a Havachon.