Have you met the Havashu?

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This popular hybrid broke onto the designer dog scene during the late 1980’s. A cross between the Havanese and the Shih Tzu this little ball of fur and love is full of energy and an ideal companion for those on the go (as long as they are on the go with you!). Though this hybrid is not a recognized breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) they do fall under the category of “toy sized breed”, because they have two small breeds as parents.

Designer dog breeds are fairly new to the dog world so personalities, temperaments, and appearances can vary between litters. To get a better understanding of the Havashu we must take a better look at the history and of its parent breeds.


Bred as a companion dog to the Cuban Aristocracy during the 1500’s, and named after the Capital of its origin, the Havanese, also referred to as “the silk dog” of “Spanish silk Poodle” would become the national emblem of Cuba. Now almost extinct in its founding country, the Havanese was brought to United States during the Cuban revolution in 1959 when only 11 dogs were left to save the breed from extinction. Since then the breed has thrived throughout the United States and Europe. This toy dog breed is friendly, playful, alert and intelligent with a sweet, non-quarrelsome disposition. They are highly trainable and companion driven dogs that make for an ideal addition to the family.

Shih Tzu

Originating in Tibet, the Shih Tzu or “lion dog” is a descendent of its ancestor the Lhasa Apsos and a gift to the Chinese emperors during the 7th century. The Chinese royalty bred Shih Tzu and when the British arrived during the 1800’s, the breed made its way to England and then on to the United States. Always intended as a lap dog and affectionate companion, this is one of the most popular dogs today. They are sturdy, affectionate, loving and compatible pets making them a perfect companion for all pet lovers.
The Havashu inherited some of the best traits from both parent breeds and is indeed a well-rounded pup that makes an ideal addition for any new pet parent or family. With a height of 9 to 12 inches and a weight of 7 to 15 lbs. they have a small sturdy frame with tall hind legs making them higher in their back end. They have a small round head with dark brown eyes and a black button nose. They have a soft coat, plumed ears and come in various colors.

They get along well with children and other pets and enjoy giving attention almost as much as they like getting attention. Even though they are small, they still require daily exercise, play and attention. They are naturally curious creatures so plenty of mental stimulation through walks and toys is a must. They enjoy regular outings and running errands with their owner. They do not do well being alone for long periods of time as they crave attention. The Havashu is sure to fill your home and heart with love and laughs for years to come.

To find out even more on the Havashu and its parent breeds, please visit premierpups.com and talk with one of the knowledgeable and caring puppy agents today.

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