11-17 lbs
United States
West Highland Terrier
Hava-Westie, Havanland Terrier

The Havanestie is a hybrid of the Havanese and the West Highland White Terrier.  The mix is bred as a companion and designer dog, and recognized by five registries; the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Designer Breed Registry, the Designer Dogs Kennel Club, the Dog Registry of America, and the International Designer Canine Registry.  Despite its multiple registries, little is known on the Havanestie outside of its parent breeds.  The purposeful breeding of the two parents is to develop a companion dog with the best traits of both parents, often including the West Highland Terrier’s confidence and energy and the Havanese’s sweet disposition and gentle heart.    

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Havanese and West Highland White Terrier

Havanestie Health

Average Size
Male Havanestie size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 11-17 lbs
Female Havanestie size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 11-17 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Lymphoma
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Atopy Dermatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cushing‚Äôs Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Physical Examination
  • Eye Examinations
  • Radiographs

Havanestie Breed History

The Havanestie is a hybrid of the Havanese and the West Highland White Terrier.  The hybrid is a designer dog that blends many of the best traits of both parents into a well-rounded companion with high confidence and a sweet nature. The Havanese’s Bichon ancestors left Europe during the 15th Century when its close cousin, the Maltese was gaining popularity outside of Italy and Malta.  The Havanese took passage to the Americas onboard Spanish ships and settled in the Cuban Isles where the breed developed over several hundred years in near isolation.  Slightly larger than its Bichon relatives, the Havanese faced near extinction during the 20th Century during and after the Cuban Revolution.  Interest in the national breed suffered in Cuba, and only 11 Havanese dogs found refuge in the United States following the revolution.  Today, almost all Havanese living outside of Cuba can trace its lineage back to the mid-20th Century refugees.  Interest in the breed sparked again in the 1970s, and the American Havanese breeding program helped restore the breed.  The American Kennel Club officially recognized the Havanese in 1996. The West Highland White Terrier, as its name suggests, is a Terrier dog of Scottish descent and shares a close history with other Scottish Terrier breeds including the Cairn Terrier, the Dandie Dinmont, the Skye, and the Scottish Terrier.  This small earth dog is well-known for vermin hunting and gets its white coloring from a tragic story from the 19th Century in which Col. Malcolm Poltallach accidentally shot his wheaten-colored Westie believing it to be a fox.  All future breeding focused on selecting the white coat.  The American Kennel Club recognized the West Highland White Terrier as a separate breed from the other Scottish Terrier breeds in 1908.

Havanestie Breed Appearance

The Havanestie is a well-built small dog with a double coat of white hair that resembles the West Highland Terrier though other coat colors and color combinations are also seen.  This hybrid has short, muscular legs with compact feet and a tail that is set high and stands up.  Plumage or longer hair along the tail is common.  The Havanestie’s head is round with triangular-shaped ears that resemble the West Highland Terrier.  If the ears resemble the Havanese, they will be set lower and have a fold with extensive feathering.  The Havanestie has a large black nose, tight lips, and a scissor bite set in a blunt muzzle that gradually tapers to the tip.   

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Havanestie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Havanestie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
cream Havanestie coat
white Havanestie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Havanestie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Havanestie Breed Maintenance

The Havanestie is a hypoallergenic hybrid with a low level of shedding and makes grooming easy.  Weekly brushing with a pin brush to remove dead and loose hair is all the Havanestie requires to keep his coat healthy and tangle-free.  This mix may be prone to ear infections if its ear resembles the Havanese, but its ear are easily cleaned with a veterinarian approved solution.  The Havanestie may also develop dermatitis if bathing strips its natural oils.  Avoid frequent bathing and use a hypoallergenic dog shampoo if a bath is needed.

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

Havanestie Temperament

The Havanestie is an active, cheerful dog who is affectionate with its family.  The over-sensitive, and sometimes needy traits of the Havanese are eased by the confident independence of the West Highland Terrier but the propensity to root around in the earth is increased in the Havanestie.  The Havanestie is exceptionally fond of children, but its small size makes it better suited for older children.  The Havanestie is a dog-friendly hybrid and can get along with the cat if properly socialized, but don’t expect him to get along with the neighbor’s cat.  The Havanestie is an intelligent mix and easy to train.  The energy levels on the Havanestie are elevated, and this hybrid needs daily exercise for a healthy body and mind.      

Havanestie Activity Requirements

The Havanestie is a hybrid of average energy and a with medium to high-intensity needs.  The West Highland Terrier parent adds speed to the Havanese’s agile and springy nature making the Havanestie a fast, capable hybrid.  Short bursts of running energy are often exhibited by this hybrid but its small size means most exercise can be had indoors.  The Terrier in your Havanestie demands mentally challenging activities as well, so owners can focus on games and tricks instead of running only.  Stimulating the Havanestie’s mind will help prevent destructive, digging behaviors from manifesting.    A small yard is ideal for this hybrid, but if the Havanestie gets all its mental and physical exercise in, this hybrid will adapt well to apartment living.  The Havanese also have a high tolerance for all climates, but extreme temperatures are not tolerated. 

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

Havanestie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Havanestie Owner Experiences

6 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Eating Snacks
As a puppy she was a brindle color but now it has grown to be all dark grey except her chest, which is white. She is super sweet and very docile, never acting out. She's smart but is very food-motivated. She has some health issues and is anemic but otherwise she is great (for now).
9 months, 1 week ago
3 Years
3 People
Playing outside
Running around the apartment
She's very lazy but when not tired she is like a lightning bolt. After going on walks in the rain, she will go crazy and get "zoomies".
5 years, 2 months ago
7 Years
5 People
My Havanestie is kind and compatable. He is very energetic and playful and loves to run. He likes to cuddle and be pet but can be a bit defensive with strangers. He is black though and has white on his chest.
4 years, 11 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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