10-13 lbs
United States
Lhasa Apso

The Hava-Apso is a small designer breed that is a blend of the Havanese and the Lhasa Apso. Although they have not been around long, they have made a name for themselves as happy, outgoing, and fun-loving dogs that enjoy kids as well as other pets, including cats. This dog usually weighs about 12 pounds and stands about 10 inches tall on average, has long, silky fur that can come in any color, and was originally bred in the United States in the 2000s as a lap dog. They are intelligent and fast learners but can be hard headed so may need professional training if you do not have the time and patience for lengthy training.

purpose Purpose
Lap dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Havanese and Lhasa Apso

Hava-Apso Health

Average Size
Male Hava-Apso size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 11-15 lbs
Female Hava-Apso size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 10-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Urolithiasis
  • Hydrocephalus
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Respiratory Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Ultrasound

Hava-Apso Breed History

The Havanese originated in the 1700s in Cuba where this little ball of fur was bred to be a lap dog. She is a toy breed that is believed to be a descendent of the Bichon Frise, Bolognese, and Coton de Tulear. She was named after the capital of Cuba, Havana, which is where the breed became most popular. Some say that this breed was brought to Cuba by the Spanish settlers in the 1700s after being found in the Mediterranean by migrants and that they may be related to the Blanquito de le Habana and the Bichon Tererife. These two breeds are now extinct but were mentioned on the manifests from ships coming from Spain in the 18th century. In 1959, some of these Havanese somehow made it to the United States. Some folks believe they came with Cuban refugees during the Cuban Revolution. In 1979, the Havanese Club of America was formed and today it has about 400 members. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1996 and they are the 23rd most popular dog breed in America.The Lhasa Apso was originally from Tibet and were bred by Buddhists to be guardians in Tibetan monasteries and temples during ancient times. Some believe that they were bred from Tibetan Terriers and DNA studies found that they were actually related to wolf-like ancestors. In 1933, the Dalai Lama gave several of these dogs as gifts to the Cutting family in New Jersey and the breed became increasingly popular after that. The breed was registered with the AKC in 1935 and they are the 71st most popular dog breed in America.

Hava-Apso Breed Appearance

This breed is a small dog that usually does not get any bigger than 9 to 12 inches high and weighs about 10 to 15 pounds. Their dark brown eyes show intelligence and a spark of feistiness and they tend to look like puppies throughout their lives. Their black nose is small with a short, broad muzzle, which causes them to have brachycephalic syndrome in most cases. Their long, straight and silky fur is dense and can come in almost any color including black, gray, brown, red, cream, fawn, blue, white, pied, and brindle. Their body is compact and sturdy and the tail is carried over their back like a plume.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Hava-Apso eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Hava-Apso nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Hava-Apso coat
gray Hava-Apso coat
brown Hava-Apso coat
red Hava-Apso coat
cream Hava-Apso coat
fawn Hava-Apso coat
blue Hava-Apso coat
white Hava-Apso coat
pied Hava-Apso coat
brindle Hava-Apso coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Hava-Apso straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Hava-Apso Breed Maintenance

Your Hava-Apso needs a moderate amount of maintenance. You should brush at least three or four times a week with a pin brush and metal comb. They do not shed like other dogs so they are considered hypoallergenic although you should brush them daily during shedding season to remove loose hair. Only bathe them when absolutely necessary and use gentle dog shampoo and conditioner recommended by your veterinarian. Bathing too often can cause dry skin. Clip their nails with nail clipper when needed, clean their ears with a soft cloth or cotton ball once a week, and brush their teeth once a week.

Brushes for Hava-Apso
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Hava-Apso requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Hava-Apso Temperament

Your Hava-Apso is a happy breed that enjoys playing and will continue to act and look like a puppy throughout her lifetime. Although they tend to be difficult to train, if you are patient and use positive reinforcement, you should be able to get her to listen to reason. However, housebreaking may be difficult and some owners resort to professional training or using puppy pads in the house. They are fearless little dogs that will take on a much larger animal if they see it as a threat to their family. However, they do like children and other pets in the household and get along well with other dogs at the dog park if socialized well.

Hava-Apso Activity Requirements

This breed can be a bit lazy and you may have to encourage her to get out and exercise. Because they are considered to be small dogs, they have a tendency to become overweight if they do not get enough exercise and will need at least 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous activity per day. To prevent boredom and obesity, you should take your Hava Apso out for a brisk walk or jog twice a day or play a long game of fetch. Your dog may also appreciate taking a trip to the dog park to play with other dogs or maybe a hike at your local park.

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

Hava-Apso Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.75
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $52.50
food bag monthly cost

Hava-Apso Owner Experiences

Addison Sheffield
2 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Chase, Hide & Seek
My Hava Apso is delightful in every way- from the way she stretches, to her silly bark when hiding under the bed, to her chasing the laser light cat toy, and how she cuddles next to me and snores. I love everything about her!
2 years, 10 months ago
1 Year
6 People
House & Yard
Running outside,
going for walker
Playing in the snow
My experience has been great althought my pup is very apprehensive when it comes to getting groomed and going for ride in cars. He doesnt like those at all and will cry shake and poop himself for being nervous
2 years, 8 months ago
9 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Super positive- best! Dog! Ever!!!! Every one wants to steal her, she’s lovable, affectionate and really smart. Listens well after some training (stubborn at first), she’s very social and doesn’t like to be home alone. We got a second since the first is so awesome!
2 years, 2 months ago
10 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Very smart and sweet dog, unless you're a stranger. Followed me around the house, andwants constant attention. Very loyal. Barks a lot.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Our Leia is definitely the princess in the house. She loves attention and loves playing with our children. I never wanted a dog but broke down for our kids. I cannot imagine life without her. Leia is the best!
4 months ago
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