Hava-Welsh

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8-18 lbs
8-16"
​United States
Havanese
Welsh Terrier
Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer, Bichon Habanero

The Hava-Welsh is a hybrid dog that is a cross between a Havanese and a Welsh Terrier. A Havanese is a toy sized breed weighing between 7 and 13 pounds compared to a Welsh Terrier which is a sturdy medium breed usually between 20 and 22 pounds, so it will depend on which parent breed is more dominant as to how big the hybrid will be. Common colors are likely to include white, black, black and tan, sable, and grey. The Welsh Terrier has a hard and wiry outer coat and a soft and short undercoat while the Havanese have thick, silky, soft, long, straight or curly coats. Both parent breeds are hypoallergenic and don’t shed much so the Hava-Welsh is also likely to be. Your pet is likely to be an energetic fun-loving family pet who is intelligent and loves exercise.

Purpose
​Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Havanese, Welsh Terrier

Hava-Welsh Health

Average Size
Height: 9-16 inches Weight: 9-20 lbs
Height: 8-16 inches Weight: 8-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Heart Murmur
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Physical Examination
  • Ultrasound
  • Blood Work
  • Echocardiogram Tests
  • Ophthalmic Examination

Hava-Welsh Breed History

The Hava-Welsh is hybrid breed made up of a combination of a Havanese and a Welsh Terrier, the latter believed to be the oldest existing dog breed in the United Kingdom. Also known as a Welshie, the Welsh Terrier originated in Wales but also lived in several areas of the UK in the 19th century. It is believed the breed may have been one of the first Terriers and was bred for hunting fox, otters and badgers. The Old English Black and Tan Terrier is thought to be one of the Welsh Terriers ancestors. The breed was originally shown as an Old English Terrier but in 1885 was classified as a Welsh Terrier by the Kennel Club of England. The breed arrived in the United States in 1888 the same year they were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. Caroline Kennedy was fond of the breed and had a Welsh Terrier named Charlie. The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba even though it was nearly wiped out there during the Cuban Revolution in 1959. Once called the Havana Silk Dog, the Havanese is thought to have been developed from crossing the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana with other Bichon types. They are thought to have been brought to Cuba on board ships during the Spanish Empire and were taken in by Cuban aristocrats. They were kept as companion pets and adored by their owners who often gave them as gifts to other gentry. In the mid-1800s they became popular in Europe and were kept by royals including Queen Victoria who had a pair. Both world wars and later the Cuban Revolution ended up in the breed almost becoming extinct. A handful of dogs made it to the United States and they were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996. Other names for the breed include the Havanese Cuban Bichon, the Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer and Bichon Habanero.

Hava-Welsh Breed Appearance

The Hava-Welsh is a hybrid dog that is a cross between a Havanese and a Welsh Terrier. The appearance will depend on which parent breed is more dominant, but common colors could include white, black, black and tan, sable, and grey. The Welsh Terrier has a hard and wiry outer coat and a soft and short undercoat while the Havanese have thick, silky, soft, long, straight or curly coats. Havanese have dark brown, almond-shaped eyes and are quite sturdy dogs. They are usually completely white and their tails curl over the back. The ears tend to drop and fold. The Welsh Terrier has a brick shaped face with whiskers and a beard and is also sturdily built. The eyes are dark brown or black and the ears small and v-shaped while the tail is often docked. Your Hava-Welsh may lean toward one parent's looks more than the other but will look spunky and smart, turning heads wherever he goes.

Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
Black
White
Sable
Gray
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Hava-Welsh Breed Maintenance

The Hava-Welsh is likely to be hypoallergenic like both parent breeds so will be good for people who suffer from allergies. Neither parent breeds shed much so the Hava-Welsh is unlikely to. The Havanese is often clipped short which makes grooming easier but if the coat is left long then they need more regular brushing. Welshies also need regular brushing to get rid of any tangles and they need to have their coats stripped, usually by a professional groomer. Daily to weekly brushing may be necessary in order to avoid matting of the fur. Try to brush your dog’s teeth as often as you can to prevent any dental issues and check ears for dirt or tangles. Nails should be checked to see if they need clipping.

Brushes for Hava-Welsh
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Hava-Welsh Temperament

The Hava-Welsh is likely to be an energetic, affectionate dog who loves being around their family and is very good with children. Being a terrier, the Welshie is a bit stubborn when it comes to training but they are intelligent dogs so it will need a bit of patience, a trait that may be passed to your hybrid. The Havanese is fairly easy to train, and both parent breeds are suited to new owners. The Havanese is very energetic for a small dog and is often referred to as a Velcro dog because they don’t like to leave their owner’s side. They also don’t like being left alone for any length of time and can suffer from separation anxiety so will be better off with a family who is at home a lot. The Welsh Terrier has a very strong personality and an enormous zest for life. He has boundless energy so will suit a very active family. The Hava-Welsh is likely to get on with other dogs and get on with strangers. Based on the parental temperament, your hybrid will love to be by your side, accompanying you wherever you go.

Hava-Welsh Activity Requirements

A Hava-Welsh is likely to need a lot of exercise to keep fit and happy. Your pet will enjoy going for walks or hikes and is likely to enjoy games. Despite its size, the Havanese parent needs plenty of exercise and loves dog sports like agility, flyball, and obedience training. Welshies have enormous energy and will also thrive on dog sports. They are also used in search and rescue and as therapy dogs. If your Hava-Welsh doesn’t get enough exercise he will be prone digging and barking. Your hybrid can live in an apartment as long as he has a good exercise regimen. Your pet won’t do well in extreme cold or heat, so make sure they live inside and are never left outside for any length of time in extreme conditions.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Hava-Welsh Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Hava-Welsh Owner Experiences

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