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8-30 lbs
​United States
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

The Hava-Wheat is a hybrid dog that is a cross between a Havanese and a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. A Havanese is much smaller weighing between 7 and 13 pounds compared to a Wheaten which can be 30 to 40 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, red, brown, and wheaten. The coat of the Wheaten is soft and silky, loosely waved or curly, while the Havanese have thick, silky, soft, long, straight or curly coats and will be somewhat easier to maintain. Neither parent breed sheds a lot and both are hypoallergenic. The Hava-Wheat is likely to be a great family dog who is playful and affectionate and will need quite a bit of exercise.

Date of Origin
Havanese, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Hava-Wheat Health

Average Size
Male Hava-Wheat size stats
Height: 10-18 inches Weight: 9-35 lbs
Female Hava-Wheat size stats
Height: 9-17 inches Weight: 8-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Familial Nephropathy
  • Renal Dysplasia
  • Addison's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Heart Murmur
  • Immunoproliferative Enteropathy
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Work
  • Echocardiogram Tests
  • Ophthalmic Examination

Hava-Wheat Breed History

The Hava-Wheat is hybrid breed made up of a combination of a Havanese and a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, sometimes referred to as a Wheatie, was bred in Ireland as a farm dog who could herd sheep, guard livestock and kill rats. They share a common ancestry with the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Irish Terrier but didn’t have their status and were often referred to as the "Poor Man's Wolfhound." Wheaten’s, which go back more than 200 years used to have their tails docked to avoid taxes. The Wheaten was recognized as a breed by the Irish Kennel Club in 1937, on St. Patrick's Day. The first Wheatens arrived in the United States in November of 1946 and were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1973. Today, they are prized for obedience, agility, and tracking. Some are used in therapy as working dogs. Although now the national dog of Cuba, the Havanese was once almost extinct there during the Cuban Revolution in 1959 when many fled. The cute, white dogs with long, silky hair are believed to be related to the Bichon Frise, and are thought to have arrived in Cuba on board ships from Tenerife. They were adored by the Spanish colonists and the Cuban aristocracy often living a life of luxury in palaces and country estates. They were also known as the Havana Silk Dog and are "Habaneros" in Spanish. During the mid-1800s they became popular in Europe with Queen Victoria owning two and Charles Dickens having a male called Tim. It is said that only a handful of the dogs arrived in the United States with refugees fleeing the Cuban Revolution. They soon became popular though and were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996.

Hava-Wheat Breed Appearance

Hava-Wheat dogs are hybrids comprised of two very different sized dogs - a toy sized Havanese and a medium sized Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier so your pet is likely to be a combination of the two. Common colors are likely to include white, black, red, brown, and wheaten. The facial expression is often proud and perky and the coat of your Hava-Wheat will be soft and silky, straight, loosely waved or curly and may be fairly thick. He will have dark brown or dark hazel, almond-shaped eyes which are often watery and the secretions may leave tear stains on the fur. Tails may be docked or carried over the back; ears may drop and fold or be smallish and carried in the front.

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Hava-Wheat eyes
brown Hava-Wheat eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Hava-Wheat nose
brown Hava-Wheat nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Hava-Wheat coat
black Hava-Wheat coat
red Hava-Wheat coat
brown Hava-Wheat coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Hava-Wheat curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Hava-Wheat Breed Maintenance

The Hava-Wheat is likely to be hypoallergenic like both parent breeds, so will be good for people who suffer from allergies. Neither parent breeds shed much but the Havanese is regarded as easier to groom as Wheatens can look scruffy if not brushed daily. They also tend to collect food in their beards which need to be wiped clean. The requirements of your Hava-Wheat will be dependent on whether his fur is more like the Havanese, which may need clipping often, or the Wheaten who will need a daily brushing and sometimes a trim of the beard with scissors. The teeth of smaller breeds are prone to disease so care must be taken to keep them clean between veterinarian visits. Your Hava-Wheat may wear down his nails naturally depending on the terrain he covers; keep an eye on the nails for tears or breaks and clip when needed.

Brushes for Hava-Wheat
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Hava-Wheat requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Hava-Wheat Temperament

Hava-Wheats are likely to be happy and affectionate and make great family pets like both parent breeds. They are likely to get on well with children and most other dogs although Wheatens are known to chase small animals including cats. They are usually easygoing dogs but being terriers can be a little stubborn. Both parent breeds are quite responsive when it comes to training. The Havanese is very energetic for a small dog and needs almost as much exercise as a much bigger dog. They don’t like being left alone for any length of time and can suffer from separation anxiety so will be better off if they have an owner who works from home or an active senior who is retired. Wheatens also prefer to have company and if left for any length of time are likely to dig or develop other bad habits. Your Hava-Wheat may be quite prey driven so will need to be taken out on a leash. On walks, he will welcome a hello from everyone as he is friendly to strangers.

Hava-Wheat Activity Requirements

A Hava-Wheat is likely to need a fair bit of exercise to keep fit and happy. Your pet will enjoy going for walks or hikes and is likely to enjoy games. The Hava-Wheat needs plenty of exercise and loves dog sports like agility, flyball and obedience training. Keep obedience sessions short so your hybrid can build on his focusing skills. He 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-Wheat Food Consumption

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

Hava-Wheat Owner Experiences

Tyson Vora Check
3 Years
3 People
We rescued Tyson when he was 2 year old from a local shelter. He had some aggression and is very, very protective of our home. But with some training, he has become the best dog, funny, high energy, sleeps on his back, barks at other dogs, loves us and we LOVE him back. He really rescued us, and we are so very grateful! He also loves bananas, Rita's vanilla custard (on occasion) and chasing squirrels. He loves to pounce around and sometimes he gets in "crazy dog" mode and runs around the house full speed. Especially after a nice shower. He's a real JOY!
4 months, 1 week ago
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