7-13 lbs
United States

The Havapeke is a hybrid mix of two small-sized breeds, the Havanese, and toy-sized Pekingese.  The resulting hybrid is an excellent companion for your home who feisty, fun and always happy. Weighing in at a maximum of 14 pounds, this small but mighty hybrid is ready for action.  Sometimes stubborn, the Havapeke is forward and likes to be the boss. First time dog owners may find him a handful, but a very cute one at that.              

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Havanese and Pekingese

Havapeke Health

Average Size
Male Havapeke size stats
Height: 7-12 inches Weight: 9-14 lbs
Female Havapeke size stats
Height: 7-12 inches Weight: 7-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Liver Shunts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs

Havapeke Breed History

The Havapeke is a hybrid mix of the Havanese and the Pekingese that is recognized by five registries.  Hybrid-specific standards are not set or readily available given the nature of a designer dog’s genetic variable, so the Havapeke can range in looks and traits.  To better understand the potential physical and character traits of the Havapeke, many people review the histories and temperaments of the parent breeds. The Havanese’s ancient relative, the Tenerife, was a Bichon-type dog that is believed to originate in Malta over two thousand years ago.  The Tenerife was making its way through Europe during the mid-15th Century and eventually found its way to the Cuban Isles during the Colombian period.  The breed was left in near isolation when Spain restricted trade to colonial Cuba and the breed developed into the modern-day Havanese by the late 19th Century.  The breed faced another hurdle in the mid-20th Century during the Cuban Revolution and only 11 Havanese were known outside of Cuba following the end of the revolution.  Those 11 dogs became the base of all future Havanese dogs living outside of Cuba. The Pekingese is an ancient dog that was once well-guarded in China where it developed.  The Pekingese was kept in the Chinese palace at Peking, where the breed gets its name, and remained a hidden treasure.  The Opium Wars of the 19th Century first introduced the Pekingese to the Western world.  British troops found five Pekingese guarding the body of their mistress, who had committed suicide, in the imperial palace at Peking.  The five dogs were taken back to England and gifted to nobility, including one to Queen Victoria.  With the discovery of the Pekingese breed, the West found ways to smuggle the dog out of China and establish it as a breed in Europe and eventually, in the United States.  The American Kennel Club first recognized the Pekingese in 1906, and today the breed enjoys moderate popularity.

Havapeke Breed Appearance

The Havapeke is a toy-sized hybrid between the Havanese and the Pekingese and can vary significantly in appearance depending on which parent it more closely resembles.  However, the Havapeke will always have a compact and sturdy body with short legs and a long outer coat.  The muzzle is usually short or complete flat, like the Pekingese and the ears are set low and folded down.  Hair around the face and ears is typically long and feathered.  The nose of a Havapeke is black and ranging in size from medium to large, and the eyes are dark brown.  The tail of a Havapeke curls over the back and is well-plumed, like the Havanese.  

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

Havapeke Breed Maintenance

The Havapeke is a hypoallergenic hybrid that sheds moderately due to its Pekingese parentage.  The long hair requires daily brushing to prevent mats and tangles, especially around the face and hind end.  Moisture and dirt may collect in the ears so check and clean them with a veterinarian approved solution when needed, being careful to not allow moisture to remain in the ear (dry thoroughly after cleaning).  The Havapeke’s skin is sensitive, so frequent bathing is not suggested because it can strip the natural oils.  The flatter face of the Havapeke may affect the dentition, and while all dogs should have their teeth brushed on a regular basis, the Havapeke’s teeth need to be brushed at least twice a week to prevent dental issues.      

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

Havapeke Temperament

The Havapeke is a sensitive hybrid that borders on stubborn at times.  It is affectionate with its family and good with children but has a low tolerance for rough play and if not as playful as some of the other Havanese hybrids making is better suited for older people.  When it comes to strangers, the Havapeke is an excellent alarm barker but can also be leery of strangers for some time after.  Its friendliness towards other dogs and pets is also reduced by its Pekingese genes and he prefers to be the only dog at home.  However, if socialized at an early age, the Havapeke can adapt to living with other pets in harmony.  The Havapeke does not have high energy and can be difficult to train for novice, busy owners.    

Havapeke Activity Requirements

The Havapeke has moderate energy and needs daily exercise, but the intensity is very low.  Additionally, exercise can be easily broken down into a few 15 minute sessions daily.  The flat face of the Havapeke makes breathing difficult, so strenuous exercise is never suggested.  The Havanese parent prefers warmer climates while the Pekingese parent prefers colder climates leading the Havapeke to prefer temperate climates and indoor living.  However, hot climates may stress the Havapeke who does not breathe well.  The toy size and the low energy of this hybrid makes it ideally suited for apartment living.    

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

Havapeke Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $25.00
food bag monthly cost

Havapeke Owner Experiences

2 Years
4 People
Play keep away
He is very lively and in charge! He is very nosey/curious. He makes friends with strangers. Everyone who sees him stops and stares or comments on how cute he is!
4 years, 8 months ago
6 Months
4 People
House & Yard
Walks and playing in back yard.
He is stubborn and having trouble with potty training
2 years, 11 months ago
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