Height: 10-12 in.
Weight: 10-17 lbs
Color: Solid, Bi & Tri-color: Black, gray, silver, crem, red, tan
Origin: United States
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Temperament: Affectionate, clever, playful, alert, devoted
Original Use: Companionship
The Havatese, also largely referred to as the Havamalt, is a designer crossbreed whose parents are the Havanese and the Maltese. This designer breed can be of either first generation (two purebred parents) or second generation (two hybrid parents). Either mix brings a fun-loving and easy-going dog that’s also hypo-allergenic.
The Havatese is an intelligent breed that will pick up on commands quickly and are fairly easy to train. Their gentle, sweet-nature makes them great with children and other animals. However, proper socialization is necessary from early on. The Havatese is enthusiastic and will be very loyal to their family, and they love being the center of attention. Of course, they do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. When separation anxiety kicks in, these dogs will become destructive.
Haveteses aren’t overly active dogs. They prefer indoor activities to long walks, although fresh air is always vital to a pet’s health. They also require mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored, so interactive playtime is important.