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Weight: 6-12 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The Havachon is found in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 12-15 years
The Havachon is a mix between the Bichon Frise and the Havanese. As with any mixed breed, it is important to work with a reputable breeder to minimize the chance of any inherited or genetic diseases.
The Havachon is prone to some health problems which include Legg-Perth’s Disease, Chondrodysplasia, patellar luxation, eye problems, heart problems, deafness, and vaccination sensitivity.
Legg-Perth’s Disease is one that you need to keep your eye out for. If this condition occurs, your Havachon will have trouble with his or her hind legs. The disease causes degeneration of the femur bone, which causes bone inflammation and pain.
Another bone related disease is Chondrodysplasia, which affects the bone and cartilage in your dog. It can delay development of the cartilage, and this affects the way that your puppy grows. Typically, if your puppy has this condition, you’ll know because his or her legs will appear to be shorter in length than they should be.
Patellar luxation is best known as a knee dislocation and can occur in your Havachon. When it does occur, you may notice that your puppy holds his or her hind leg up. Patellar luxation is painful for your puppy.
Your Havachon is also prone to eye problems and even heart problems. These diseases and conditions can vary depending on what your puppy’s parents had. It is important that you work with your veterinarian to monitor your puppy for any issues that may arise later on.
Deafness can occur in your puppy, but often happens as your puppy ages and reaches his or her senior years. This condition causes your Havachon to be unable to hear and may cause some confusion as he or she adapts to a new life without being able to hear.
Lastly, your Havachon may experience vaccine sensitivity when he or she receives shots. You will often recognize this sensitivity as your puppy’s skin may be red, hot, and inflamed at the injection site.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Havachon is often described as a small ball of energy that likes to play and have fun. You will find that this breed does enjoy a good game of catch or tug-of-war in the home and has some built up energy that needs to be replaced.
The Havachon is often very curious and will go on small explorations throughout the home, sometimes getting into things he or she should not. You’ll need to keep your eye on him or her to ensure that they do not eat anything dangerous.
This breed makes a great family pet and is gentle with children and a wonderful option for seniors who want to have a companion in their home.
The Havachon is smart and witty, so training is easy and comes naturally, especially since your puppy will want to please you. You need to remain firm and consistent when it comes to training. Luckily, this breed loves to perform tricks, which will make learning and performing commands simple and a breeze.
Your puppy will do well in an apartment or condo, but you should walk him or her at least once per day. Your Havachon is no stranger to love and will cuddle up in your lap or beg for attention at your feet.
Your Havachon will not require any extensive grooming, but will need to be groomed regularly since he or she will have a longer coat. You should brush his or her coat two to three times per week to remove any loose hairs and tangles.
Your puppy will not shed a lot, so you will not be on hair duty and this also makes the Havachon perfect for those who suffer from allergies.
You should bathe your puppy when he or she is dirty or starts to smell. In addition, make sure that you clean his or her ears weekly to remove any buildup of wax and dirt. Your Havachon’s nails will grow and should be trimmed to keep them at a fair length, otherwise, your puppy’s nails may split or break.
Your Havachon will need to eat between 1/2 cup to 1.5 cups of food per day. You should feed your puppy this amount split between two meals.
When choosing a food for your Havachon, make sure that you choose a wholesome brand that contains the nutrients that your puppy needs.
You may want to feed your puppy wet food and this is okay, as long as it is not relied upon as the only source of food.
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A Havachon puppy will cost you anywhere between $300 and $900, but it is not uncommon to find breeders who charge more than that. You may be hard-pressed to find this breed in a shelter, but if you do, you can pay up to $200 in adoption fees.
When it comes to the cost of your new puppy, you also need to consider how much it will cost you annually to care for your puppy. You should expect to spend anywhere between $200 and $500 for vet checkups and vaccines and another $200 to $500 for pet supplies, food, and any needed medications.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Havachon is a great family pet and perfect for apartment living. You will find that this breed is easy to train and does not require a bunch of grooming. Since this breed does not shed a lot, the Havachon is perfect for those with allergies. This breed ranks a 1.
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