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Havanese vs Shih-Poo vs Shichon – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Havanese vs Shih-Poo vs Shichon" Compare Havanese and Shih-Poo. Which is better: Havanese or Shih-Poo or Shichon?
Name Havanese Shih-Poo Shichon
OriginsCuba China Tibet United States
Group Companion Dogs Designer Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank23562307
Reviews510
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Other Names Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle
Shoodle
Pooshi
Zuchon, Teddy Bear
Breed Type Purebred Cross Breed Cross Breed
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section. Not recognized by FCI. Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry
American Kennel Club
America's Pet Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America Inc.
Federation Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Canine Association, Inc.
Australian National Kennel Council
Continental Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Havanese Club of America
Not recognized by any clubs. American Canine Hybrid Club
Designer Breed Registry
Designer Dogs Kennel Club
International Designer Canine Registry
Price $900-$1200 800-1200 800-1200

General Appearance - Havanese vs Shih-Poo vs Shichon

Size Small Small Small
Weight 7-13 pounds (3-6 kg) 8-15 pounds (4-7 kg)
7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
10-15 pounds (5-7 kg)
Avg. Weight 10 pounds (4.5 kg) 11.5 pounds (5.5 kg) 12.5 pounds (6 kg)
Height 8-11 inches (21-29 cm) 8-15 inches (20-38 cm) 19-21 inches (49-53 cm)
Avg. Height 10 inches (25 cm) 11.5 inches (29 cm) 20 inches (51 cm)

Hair & Care - Havanese vs Shih-Poo vs Shichon

Coat Soft
Wavy
Woolly
Flat
Long
Curly
Straight
Curly & Straight
Fluffy
Dense
Curly
Silky
Colors Black
Reddish-Brown
Fawn
White
Havana Brown
Tobacco
Black
White
Brown
Brindle
Various combinations
Apricot
Cream
Red
White
Black
Gray
Silver
Grooming
Average: The Havanese requires average grooming effort.
Easy to groom: The Shih-Poo doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Effortless: The Shichon requires minimal grooming.
Shedding Level
Havaneses shed none to minimal.
Shih-Poos shed none to minimal.
Shichons shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Havanese vs Shih-Poo vs Shichon

Temperament Affectionate
Gentle
Playful
Companionable
Intelligent
Responsive
Sturdy
Lively
Amiable
Charming
Companionable
Intelligent
Loyal
Sweet
Affectionate
Gentle
Lively
Playful
Friendly
Intelligent
Loving
Social
Intelligent Rank
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Smart: Shih-Poo's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Havaneses are very easy to train.
Shih-Poos are quite easy to train.
Shichons are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Havanese is a highly playful breed.
The Shih-Poo is a playful breed.
The Shichon is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shih-Poos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Shichons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
Shih-Poos need a lot of social interaction.
Shichons need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Shih-Poo rarely barks.
Average: The Shichon barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
Shih-Poos are average watchdogs.
Shichons are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
Shih-Poos are average defenders.
Shichons are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shichon has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih-Poos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shichons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shih-Poos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shichons have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Shih-Poos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Shichons have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Shichons are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shih-Poos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Shichons adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Havaneses tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shih-Poos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Shichons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Havanese vs Shih-Poo vs Shichon

Stranger Friendly
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are stranger friendly dogs.
Shichons are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Shichons are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are average friendly towards cats.
Shichons are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Shih-Poos are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Shichons are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shichon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shih-Poos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Shichons are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Shih-Poos are generally with other pets.
Shichons are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Havaneses are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Shih-Poos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Shichons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Havanese breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shih-Poo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shichon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Havanese vs Shih-Poo vs Shichon

Health Issues
The Havanese is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shih-Poo is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Shichon is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Cataracts
Chondrodysplasia
Deafness
Elbow Dysplasia
Heart Murmurs
Hip Dysplasia
Legg-perthes Disease
Mitral Valve Disease
Patellar Luxation
Portosystemic Liver Shunt
Heatstroke
Dental Problems
Allergies
Life Expectancy 14-16 years 15-16 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Havaneses have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Shih-Poos have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Shichons have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
Havaneses exercise need is very minimal.
Shih-Poos have an average exercise need.
Shichons have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Havaneses sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shih-Poos sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Shichons sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day. 1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
Average to High.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Shih-Poo can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Low
The Havanese has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shichon has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Havanese is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih-Poo is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shichon is an average drooler.

Reproducibility - Havanese vs Shih-Poo vs Shichon

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 1-9 puppies, average 4 3-4 puppies 3-6 puppies

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