Havamalt

Canis lupus

Last updated: October 11, 2022
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These pups need natural oils to keep their skin healthy; bathing them often will dry out their skin, so only wash them when necessary.

Havamalt Scientific Classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

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Havamalt Facts

Name Of Young
Puppy
Fun Fact
These pups need natural oils to keep their skin healthy; bathing them often will dry out their skin, so only wash them when necessary.
Gestation Period
58 to 68 days
Training
Easy
Litter Size
2 to 4 puppies
Diet
Omnivore
Lifestyle
  • Diurnal
Common Name
Havamalt
Location
USA

Havamalt Physical Characteristics

Color
  • Brown
  • Red
  • Black
  • White
  • Cream
  • Silver
Skin Type
Fur
Height
9 to 12 inches
Age of Sexual Maturity
6 to 9 months
Age of Weaning
3 to 6 weeks
Aggression
Low

Havamalt as a Pet:

General Health
Energy Level
Shedability
Trainability
Intelligence
Tendency to Chew
Size
Family and kid friendliness
Yappiness / Barking
Moderate
Separation Anxiety
High
Preferred Temperature
Average climate
Exercise Needs
Low
Friendly With Other Dogs
High
Pure bred cost to own
$1,200 to $2,500
Dog group
Non-sporting
Male weight
5-12 lbs
Female weight
5-12 lbs

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The Havamalt is an entertaining little furball resulting from crossbreeding the Havanese and Maltese. They get their loving nature from the Havanese and playful personality from the Maltese. These dogs are so easygoing and are perfect for families with children and other pets.

However, they don’t like to be left alone for too long and need owners who can dedicate much of their time to their care. Havamalts are generally healthy dogs and, if cared for properly, can live long and happy lives.

Five Different Types of Havanese and Maltese Mixes

There are many Havenese and Maltese hybrids, including:

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Havapeke (Havanese and Pekingese)

The havapeke is a cross between a Havanese and a Pekingese. They are resilient, introverted little dogs that are incredibly loyal and very affectionate. However, they tend to bond only with their family and other household pets.

Havapekes are not recommended for first-time owners because training them is challenging due to their low-energy levels and wary nature. In addition, because of their flat faces, they find it hard to breathe when exerting themselves. So, they should only do low-intensity exercise for brief periods, like 10  minutes.

Havapekes are a small breed of dog, only 1 foot tall and weighing 7 to 13 pounds. They need daily brushing but are hypoallergenic, so they are a great breed to own if you have allergies.

Hava-Jack (Havanese and Jack Russell Terrier)

The Hava-Jack is an energetic and friendly dog. This breed is a mix between a  Jack Russell Terrier and a Havanese, making one of the cutest pups ever! The Jack Russell was specifically bred to hunt foxes, so they are energetic and intelligent.

Depending on which parent they take after, Hava-Jacks can either have long, thick fur or a dense, short coat. They can measure anywhere from 8 to 13 inches tall, and their weight ranges from 10 to 18 pounds.

In addition, they are great with children, which is a trait they receive from both parents. However, they also inherit a cunning nature from the Jack Russell, making it challenging to train them.

Malchi (Maltese and Chihuahua)

Malchis are a lively mix between a Chihuahua and a Maltese. However, they typically take after their Chihuahua side when it comes to attitude and being the boss. This behavior can be avoided if training begins at an early age.

They tend to bond with one person, making them excellent roommates for singles or seniors. But, they can be wary of strangers and might not do well with visitors and other animals. However, by socializing them from pups, they can easily adapt to living with families and other pets.

Mauzer (Maltese Schnauzer Mix)

The Mauzer is a cross between a Miniature Schnauzer and a Maltese. Schnauzers are known as an incredibly intelligent breed, and the Mauzer is no different. In addition, they inherit a great temperament from their Maltese genes.

Mauzers crave mental and physical enrichment and are a breeze to train. They would make fantastic companions for first-time dog owners. In addition, they are affectionate and completely loyal. All in all, this pup would be a great addition to active households looking for some excitement in their lives.

Ewokian (Havanese and Pomeranian)

Ewokians might sound like a creature from Starwars, but it’s actually a hybrid dog breed resulting from crossbreeding a Havanese and a Pomeranian. They are also often referred to as Havapoms.

This breed can be tiny, weighing between 5 to 10 pounds and only measuring 7 inches tall. However, some Ewokians can reach 11 inches in height. Should they take after their Pomeranian parent, they will have a long, thick coat that will require frequent brushing (up to twice a day) to reduce shedding.

However, if they take after their Havanese parent, shedding is minimal, and they are perfect pets for people with pet hair allergies.

Ewokians don’t need a lot of exercise and make excellent apartment dogs. However, short daily walks are necessary so they can get some fresh air.

Three Pros and Cons of Owning a Havamalt

Havamalt
Havamalts are gentle, sweet-natured dogs who crave lots of human attention and are ready to show affection at all times.

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Pros

  • Loving and affectionate nature
  • Good with families and other pets
  • Easy to train

Cons

  • Prone to health issues like obesity, patellar luxation, and joint problems
  • Can suffer from separation anxiety
  • Havamalts can be destructive when left alone for long periods of time

The Best Dog Food for a Havamalt

Finding the best dog food for your Havamalt is essential to their health and well-being. Their diet should reflect their age, size, and energy level. For example, energetic dogs require a high-calorie diet to sustain their muscles while they run and play. So, if your dog is low-energy, do not feed them a high-calorie diet.

In addition, Havamalts suffer from joint issues, making obesity a big concern in this breed. Which is why you should never free-feed them. Instead, provide your Havamalt with 2 to 3 small meals throughout the day. That way, you can control the amount of food your pup is consuming.

Havamalt Size and Weight

The Havamalt males do not differ in size from the females; both genders weigh around 5 to 12 pounds, and their height varies from 9 to 12 inches.

Havamalt Common Health Issues

While hybrids are generally healthier than their purebred parents, they are still prone to some health issues. For the Havamalt, this includes:

But besides being susceptible to these health issues, Havamalts generally have a long lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

Havamalt Temperament

Havamalts are gentle, sweet-natured dogs who crave lots of human attention and are ready to show affection at all times. Their temperament makes them perfect for families with children and other pets.

In addition, they are loyal and will guard your family to the best of their abilities, despite their size. However, these dogs may suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for long periods, making them anxious and destructive. So, they will thrive in a house where someone is home a lot and will participate in interactive playtime.

How to Take Care of a Havamalt

It’s tough to determine what kind of maintenance a Havamalt needs because it depends on which parent it takes after. However, here is a general outline of what these furry pups might need.

Grooming

Havamalts are typically double-coated, with long, silky hair. While they don’t shed a lot, they still require a thorough brush 3 to 4 times a week to avoid matting. In addition, they should go for a professional trimming every 3 months.

These pups need natural oils to keep their skin healthy; bathing them often will dry out their skin, so only wash them when necessary.

Smaller breeds often tend to suffer from dental issues, so you must brush their teeth at least 3 to 4 times a week but daily is even better.

Training

Havamalts are intelligent and eager to please. Because of these traits, they are quick learners and relatively easy to train. However, training and socialization need to start when they are young. They respond best to a consistent approach to verbal praise and reward-based training.

Exercise

The Havamalt is a low-energy breed and would much rather play games indoors than go for a lengthy walk. This makes them the perfect apartment dog, but they still need a daily dose of fresh air. To keep them mentally stimulated and fit, they need a combination of short walks with indoor interactive activities daily.

Puppies

While Havamalts are gentle, loving dogs, puppies require early socialization to ensure they get along with other pets.

The puppies are really small and fragile, so young children require supervision when handling them, as they could accidentally injure their joints or bones.

Both of the Havamalts parents have bone and joint issues, so caution is needed when leash training. If they sustain joint injuries from over-exertion, it could lead to bigger health problems later in life.

Havamalt and Children

Havamalts are perfect for families with children and other pets if socialized from a young age. They are gentle and affectionate and will fit in well in any situation if properly introduced.

Dogs similar to the Havamalt

There are few dogs that are similar to the Havamalt when it comes to size and behavior; they include:

Naming your adorable pup is one of the most exciting parts of welcoming a new furball to your home. Each dog is different, and they need a name to match their personality, but here are the top ten names for Havamalts in the USA:

  • Millie
  • Lila
  • Mabel
  • Ruby
  • Lola
  • Jack
  • Sid
  • Frankie
  • Fido
  • Manny

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Havamalt FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

How big do Havamalts get?

The Havamalt males do not differ in size from the females; both genders weigh around 5 to 12 pounds, and their height varies from 9 to 12 inches.

What is a Havamalt?

The Havamalt is an entertaining little furball resulting from crossbreeding the Havanese and Maltese.

Are Havamalts good with kids?

Havamalts are perfect for families with children and other pets if socialized from a young age. They are gentle and affectionate and will fit in well in any situation if properly introduced.

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Sources
  1. Wag Walking, Available here: https://wagwalking.com/breed/havamalt
  2. Pet Guide, Available here: https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/havamalt/
  3. Pet Keen, Available here: https://petkeen.com/havamalt/
  4. Dog Zone, Available here: https://www.dogzone.com/crossbreeds/havamalt/

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