Crested Havanese

6-13 lbs
United States
Chinese Crested
Chinese Havanese

The Crested Havanese, a mix of the Chinese Crested and Havanese, is a playful and robust hybrid dog. When full grown, it weighs between 6 and 13 pounds and grows to be about 10 to 12 inches tall. Additionally, Crested Havenese have a relatively long life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. Personality-wise, these pups are people-oriented and known for their eager-to-please attitude. They can be quite energetic and require a fair amount of exercise for their size. Crested Havanese also have silky coats that need occasional brushing and come in many color variations that are common to both parent breeds. Nonetheless, they are generally an easy breed to train and maintain. Though its parents are established American Kennel Club registered breeds, the Crested Havanese is not fully stabilized in temperament or appearance and has yet to be recognized by the organization.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
Post 1970s
ancestry Ancestry
Chinese Crested, Havanese

Crested Havanese Health

Average Size
Male Crested Havanese size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 6-13 lbs
Female Crested Havanese size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 6-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Skeletal/Joint Conditions
  • Eye Conditions
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Lens Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Ophthalmic Exam
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Orthopedic Exam

Crested Havanese Breed History

The name Crested Havanese comes from its two parent breeds: the Chinese Crested and Havanese, which is also known as the Bichon Havanais or Havana Silk Dog. The Chinese Crested has a somewhat debated history. Many believe it originated in Africa from an ancient hairless breed and migrated to Asia on merchant ships during the 1200s. Another theory contends that it comes from another hairless dog that originated in Mexico and was kept as a pet by the Aztec population - possibly the same dog that the Chihuahua descended from. Either way, the Chinese Crested eventually became prevalent in port cities around the world due to their tendency to be picked up by global traders, particularly in China where it got the prefix to its name. In the mid 20th century, there was a movement in the United States to popularize the dog breed by a select number of public figures and celebrities. This effort helped to establish the breed in North America and led to the American Kennel Club registering the Chinese Crested in 1991 - though it is not widely popular in the United States today. The Crested Havanese’s other parent, the Havanese, is the national dog of Cuba. It originated in the Mediterranean region and was brought to Cuba by Spanish traders in the early 16th century. The breed eventually became a symbol of wealth in Cuba and was bred exclusively for the country’s elite families. Many Havanese were trained as performers because of their intelligence and attention-seeking personalities. This increased their popularity not only within Cuba, but also in Europe during the mid 18th century. During the Cuban revolution, the class of Cubans that owned Havanese was the first to leave the country, bringing a handful of the dogs to the United States where the breed was recognized by the AKC in 1996. The origin of breeding the Chinese Crested and the Havanese together is unknown, but it is likely to have occurred in North America in the latter half of the 20th century to create the Crested Havanese.

Crested Havanese Breed Appearance

A Crested Havanese typically looks like slender a Havanese with some Chinese Crested features, including a wedge-shaped face, high-set fluffy ears, and round, dark eyes. It is a small bred whose build falls somewhere in between the Havanese’s compact torso and the Chinese Crested fine-boned figure. Crested Havanese tend to have an average weight of 6 to 13 pounds and grow to be 10 to 12 inches tall. Their long, straight, and soft coat, which is relatively shorter around the torso and legs, can be multi-color combinations of apricot, black, tan, blue, chocolate, cream, palomino, slate, white, brown, buff, red, and/or silver with merle, spotted, or roan markings. Crested Havanese also have feathered and well-coated medium length tails, as well as small, compact feet.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Crested Havanese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Crested Havanese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Crested Havanese coat
cream Crested Havanese coat
fawn Crested Havanese coat
silver Crested Havanese coat
white Crested Havanese coat
blue Crested Havanese coat
brindle Crested Havanese coat
sable Crested Havanese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Crested Havanese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Crested Havanese Breed Maintenance

Crested Havanese are hypoallergenic and a great pet option for dog lovers with allergies. They should be bathed and have their nails clipped on a monthly basis. This hybrid does not shed, but it does need to be brushed regularly and thoroughly with a pin or slicker brush to avoid matting. Coat trimming is also an option for Crested Havanese with particularly long coats. If a Crested Havanese takes after its hairless Chinese Crested parent, owners should protect bare areas with clothing or treatments to avoid skin irritation. Some owners opt for professional grooming due to this breed’s sometimes unpredictable coat. Additionally, Created Havanese should have their teeth brushed daily to avoid dental disease.

Brushes for Crested Havanese
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Crested Havanese requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Crested Havanese Temperament

Well-adapted Created Havaneses are known to be affectionate, playful, and people-oriented pets. Their size and moderate exercise requirements make them great pets for dog owners who live in smaller homes, apartments, or urban environments. Beyond this, they are sensitive animals that require daily structure and consistent attention to stay happy and healthy. Accordingly, Crested Havanese love to follow their owners around and receive displays of affection. Additionally, Crested Havanese are not known to be “yappy” or hyper, despite the toy breed reputation. These traits make Crested Havanese great travel companions. However, it also means they are prone to separation anxiety. Owners that are away from home for long periods of time may not be a good match with this hybrid. Crested Havanese also get along well with children and enjoy spirited indoor play sessions with family members. When it comes to other dogs, however, this breed may be suspicious at first meeting. As such, introductions to furry friends should be made slowly and under supervision.

Crested Havanese Activity Requirements

Moderate daily exercise and copious amount of attention will satisfy a Crested Havanese. These dogs enjoy a moderate daily walk or play session at the dog park (depending on its temperament). This breed will also require mental stimulation and will be entertained by learning and performing tricks for family members. Owners that live in very sunny or very cold climates should ensure that their Crested Havanese is not exposed to harsh sun or long periods of cold if it has hairless areas on its body. Additionally, the Crested Havanese has a high impulse to hunt, so it must be closely supervised in off-leash areas.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Crested Havanese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

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