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

"Find similarities and differences between Shih-Poo vs Havanese" Compare Shih-Poo and Havanese. Which is better: Shih-Poo or Havanese?
Name Shih-Poo Havanese
OriginsChina Tibet Cuba
Group Designer Dogs Companion Dogs
Popularity Rank56223
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Other Names Cross between the Shih Tzu and Toy Poodle Shoodle Pooshi Bichon Havanese, Bichon Habanero, Havanese Cuban Bichon, Bichon Havanais, Bichon Havanês, Havaneser, Havanezer
Breed Type Cross Breed Purebred
AKC Group Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1996 as a Toy breed.
FCI Group Not recognized by FCI. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Bichons and related breeds section.
Breed Recognition Not recognized by any clubs. 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
Price 800-1200 $900-$1200

General Appearance - Shih-Poo vs Havanese

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

Hair & Care - Shih-Poo vs Havanese

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

Characteristics - Shih-Poo vs Havanese

Temperament Companionable Intelligent Loyal Sweet Affectionate Gentle Playful Companionable Intelligent Responsive Sturdy Lively Amiable Charming
Intelligent Rank
Smart: Shih-Poo's has great intelligence.
Average: Havanese's has average obedience intelligence.
Trainability
Shih-Poos are quite easy to train.
Havaneses are very easy to train.
Playfulness
The Shih-Poo is a playful breed.
The Havanese is a highly 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.
Affection Level
Shih-Poos are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Havaneses are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Shih-Poos need a lot of social interaction.
Havaneses need a lot of social interaction.
Barking
Low to Average: The Shih-Poo rarely barks.
Low to Average: The Havanese rarely barks.
Watchdog Ability
Shih-Poos are average watchdogs.
Havaneses are good watchdogs.
Territorial
Shih-Poos are average defenders.
Havaneses strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Shih-Poo has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Havanese has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Shih-Poos have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Havaneses have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Shih-Poos tend to escape less than other breeds.
Havaneses tend to escape less than other breeds.
Prey Drive
Shih-Poos have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Havaneses have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Shih-Poos are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Shih-Poos adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Havaneses adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Shih-Poos tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Havaneses 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.

Good With - Shih-Poo vs Havanese

Stranger Friendly
Shih-Poos are stranger friendly dogs.
Havaneses are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Shih-Poos are average friendly dogs towards children.
Havaneses are very kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Shih-Poos are average friendly towards cats.
Havaneses are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Shih-Poos are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
Havaneses are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Shih-Poo is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Havanese is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Shih-Poos are commonly okay with elderly people.
Havaneses are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Shih-Poos are generally with other pets.
Havaneses are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Good For First Time Owners No
Shih-Poos are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Havaneses 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.
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.
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.
Boat Dog Not really
Shih-Poo breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Havanese 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.

Health Factors - Shih-Poo vs Havanese

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

Reproducibility - Shih-Poo vs Havanese

Gestation Length 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.
Litter Size 3-4 puppies 1-9 puppies, average 4

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