Country of Origin: The Poovanese is a “designer breed” made up of the Poodle and the Havanese, created in the United States that has gained popularity in the last decade. The Poovanese is not a pure breed and is not recognized by the American Kennel Club, however, it is expected to be bred from a pure bred Poodle and a pure bred Havanese. The Poovanese is, however, recognized by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, International Designer Canine Registry and Designer Breed Registry. Due to the fact that the Poovanese is a mixed breed, there is no specific breed history explaining the origin or purpose of the breed's creation.
Size: The Poovanese will typically reach an average height of 10 inches tall and an average weight of 16-18 pounds.
Coat: The coat of the Poovanese can vary in length, but is always wavy or curly. The Poovanese exhibits a double coat that is short underneath, while the top coat is soft and fluffy. The Poovanese can appear an many various colors and markings, however, the most common is simply white.
Character: The Poovanese is an extremely friendly and affectionate breed. They are very loving and will enjoy spending all of their time with their family. The Poovanese will love to play with your house full of children. However, because of their small stature, they may be better suited for homes without small children. The Poovanese is known to warm up quickly to strangers, however, this makes them less than ideal watchdogs. The Poovanese is also an excellent choice for homes with other dogs or small animals, as they are happy to enjoy the company of any animal. However, as with any breed, introduction of your Poovanese to another animal will always be more successful when socialization begins at a young age.
Temperament: The Poovanese is a mix of the Poodle and the Havanese. A mixed breed dog can have a combination of any of the temperament and characteristics of any breed involved. It is recommended that you thoroughly research all breeds involved in your mixed breed puppy to ensure that you are amenable and prepared for any of the possibilities.
Care: While there are no recorded health problems associated with the Poovanese, it is necessary to research the Poodle and Havanese breeds to ensure you are aware of all possible health concerns. The Poovanese's coat is often kept short in an effort to minimize grooming needs. Should you prefer to keep your Poovanese's coat short, they will only require brushing once a week. However, if the Poovanese coat is kept full, brushing will be required 2-3 times a week or more. The Poovanese should only need to be bathed 1-2 times monthly. However, it is best to wash around the eyes regularly to prevent staining.
Training: The Poovanese is a very loyal and eager to please breed, allowing for relatively easy training. As with any breed, it is necessary for you to lead with a firm and consistent hand. Be sure to train your Poovanese to walk beside or behind you on a leash. As far as a dog is concerned, whoever is in front is in charge.
Activity: The Poovanese has a moderate activity level and will require one or two daily walks accompanied by outdoor play. The Poovanese will do well in any living situation, however, they are not suited for outdoor living.
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