9-16 lbs
​United States
Bichon Frise
Frise Havanese

The Havachon is a hybrid dog and a mix between a Bichon Frise and a Havanese. Havachons are small dogs with double coats that can be silky, curly, dense, long or short. Common colors are likely to include white, cream, grey, black, brown, silver and blue. They are friendly and loving dogs and make great family pets. They get on well with children and with other pets and are easy to train although they can be a little stubborn. Despite their size, they make quite good watchdogs and are very alert. They don’t shed much and love being the center of attention. They can easily adapt to living in an apartment.

Date of Origin
Bichon Frise, Havanese

Havachon Health

Average Size
Male Havachon size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 10-17 lbs
Female Havachon size stats
Height: 9-14 inches Weight: 9-16 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Heart Murmur
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Bladder Stones and Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Allergies
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Blood Work

Havachon Breed History

The Havachon is a combination of a Bichon Frise and a Havanese. Sometimes referred to as the Cuban Velcro dog for their tendency to stay glued to their owner, the Havanese is a toy breed which is the national dog of Cuba. It is a member of the Bichon family and is believed to have been developed from crossing the Blanquito de la Habana with other Bichon types. The Blanquito de la Habana are now extinct. There is speculation that all Bichon dogs can be traced back to the Teneriffe dog and that these dogs arrived in Cuba on ships. The Spanish colonists in Cuba at the time became fond of these cute, sturdy little dogs and kept them as pets. During the Cuban revolution many were left behind when people fled to the United States although a few were brought over. They were only officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 but are very popular now. The Bichon Frise is believed to have been descended from dogs called barbets or water spaniels who were crossed with small white lap dogs. There are four types of Bichons: the Bolognese, Havanese, Maltaise and Teneriffe Bichons, which were developed on the Canary Island of Teneriffe and all originated in the Mediterranean area. It is believed they were brought to Teneriffe by Spanish sailors and then later Italian sailors found them and brought them home with them where they were prized by Italian nobility. The French invaders of Italy took them home with them and they lived with many royals including Henry III who is said to have carried his dogs around with him in a special basket. The Bichon was brought to the United States in 1955 and became eligible to enter the American Kennel Club's Miscellaneous Class in 1971.

Havachon Breed Appearance

The Havachon is a hybrid dog and a mix between a Bichon Frise and a Havanese. Havachons are small dogs with double coats that can be silky, curly, dense, long or short. Common colors are white, cream, grey, black, brown, silver and blue. Depending on which parent breed your pet most takes after, the Havachon is likely to have a tail that curls over the back and although small, is quite sturdily built. The eyes are dark and expressive and the nose is typically black. Adorned with a very appealing face framed by longish ears, the Havachon has a sweet disposition to match his looks.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Havachon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Havachon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Havachon coat
cream Havachon coat
gray Havachon coat
black Havachon coat
brown Havachon coat
silver Havachon coat
blue Havachon coat
pied Havachon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Havachon curly coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Havachon Breed Maintenance

A Havachon is a hypoallergenic breed which is good for people who suffer from allergies. They don’t shed a lot but will need to be brushed two to three times a week to get rid of any mats. Your pet will likely need a trim every six weeks or so to keep looking good and may need a professional groomer. Bathing is only recommended when necessary, and with a good dog shampoo to prevent skin irritation. Try to brush your pet’s teeth daily to prevent dental problems and check the nails regularly to see if they need clipping. The ears should also be checked weekly for dirt or burrs and can be wiped with damp cotton wool.

Brushes for Havachon
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Havachon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Havachon Temperament

Havachons are playful and cheerful dogs who make great family pets. They are very loyal dogs who love being around their owners and getting loads of attention. They have a playful, independent streak but hate being left alone and can suffer from separation anxiety. They will be best suited to an owner who works from home or an active older person who can devote time to them. They are easy to train and quite curious dogs but can be a little stubborn at times. This breed is suited to first time owners and like all breeds should be socialized as early as possible to prevent any future bad habits from developing. This breed is likely to be somewhat wary around strangers but alert to unusual noises so will make a good watchdog. They are very good with children and other pets and are not known to roam. They will adapt well to living in an apartment.

Havachon Activity Requirements

A Havachon needs quite a lot of exercise for a small dog so daily walks to a park or the beach will be a good idea, plus ball games in a fenced in yard will make him happy. They will be good dogs for those who live in a house or an apartment as they are adaptable but will need daily exercise to prevent any bad habits from forming. A Havachon hates being alone so needs an owner prepared to spend a lot of time with them. They are intelligent dogs who will enjoy learning tricks and will also enjoy dog sports like agility, flyball and obedience training.

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

Havachon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Havachon Owner Experiences

1 Year
3 People
House & Yard
Riley is such an affectionate little guy. He is 1 and has a ton of energy. He is always excited to see me when I get home and loves to play with literally any toy. His fur often mats, but because Havachons are hypoallergenic, he never sheds. My mom is allergic to most dog breeds but has no problem with Riley. He is extremely loyal and will follow me around at all times. I recently bought a dog camera and have discovered that he has severe anxiety when I am away (I am a first grade teacher). He barks quite often and will howl, which he never does when I am around. He thrives on attention. The breed is very much a companion breed. He is fully grown at 10-12 pounds depending on the time of year and has tan fur with silver and black ears.
4 months, 4 weeks ago
7 Years
3 People
Playing in the snow
Running around
Fooling around
doing tricks
Domino has always been a protective but friendly dog. She loves to play and always greets us at the door when we return from going out. She loves other dogs and has many fun quirks such as sneezing at us indignantly when we don't give her her daily snack quick enough. She was easy to train and has very intelligent habits to let us know of her needs such as scratching on the front door for going out, sitting and whining at the water machine for water, and tapping at the fridge when dinner time comes around. Overall, she is the friendliest and cutest little dog you will ever meet.
5 months ago
3 Years
3 People
Playing with toys
Very loving,playful,has been healthy.likes to snuggle.very picky about his food.
1 year, 7 months ago
7 Months
4 People
House & Yard
I absolutely love her, she is friendly, lovable, she has become my new baby.
1 year, 8 months ago
9 Weeks
2 People
House & Yard
HE is extremely loving, cuddles for sleep, does play independently at times, but usually prefers us to play with him, doesn't bark, unless needs to go to the bathroom or is wanting up on the bed or couch. He automatically came paper trained.
1 year, 8 months ago
Arthas "Artie"
One Year
4 People
House & Yard
Our Havachon is so loving. He blended well into our already three dog house hold of poodles. He is very alert, and very busy. He enjoys frequent walks, and adores the job of waking our children in the morning for school.
2 years ago
Puppers spky williams
14 Years
4 People
Always follows me around. Hates to be alone. Won’t eat u less I’m there, to the point of bringing his food kibbles at a time next to me to eat. Lovable. Loves my son especially when asleep.
2 years, 1 month ago
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