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Hava-Apso History

The Hava-Apso is a medium-to-large sized, hypoallergenic, intelligent, and loyal herding and guard dog. The origin of the name “Hava-apo” comes from the words “hava”, which means “a handful” and “apso”, which is Greek for “pointed” or “sharp”. The Hava-Apso, also known as the Havanese-Australian Silky Terrier, is a very intelligent and devoted family member. The temperament of the Hava-Apso is sweet-tempered, lively, friendly, and loyal. The conformation of the Apso is cobby, with an alert and confident expression and intelligent eyes. The coat of the Apso is of moderate length, silky and straight. The coat colours are black, brown, blue, cream, coal, grey, red, brindle, and merle.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Havanese, Lhasa Apso

Hava-Apso Physical Characteristics

The Hava-Apso is a small, medium-to-large-sized, long-coated breed of dog that originated in Hungary. They are easily recognizable by their huge, bushy hair coat. They have similar characteristics to the Bichon Frise and Maltese breeds.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Gray, Brown, Red, Cream, Fawn, Blue, White, Pied, Brindle

Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 9 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 11 – 15 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 13 lbs

Hava-Apso Health

Description of breed health.


12-14 yrs

Hava-Apso Health Concerns

Intervertebral Disc Disease, Brachycephalic Syndrome, Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye), Cataracts, Retinal Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

Hava-Apso Temperament and Behaviour

The Hava-Apso is a loving and devoted breed of dog that is popular as a family pet. They are good-natured and fearless, but can be very protective of their owners. They are playful and fun-loving, but also like to relax. They get along well with children and other pets, and are easy to train.

Hava-Apso Activity Requirements

The Hava-Apso is a small, fluffy dog that originated in the Himalayan Mountains. They are friendly and happy, but they can also be quite stubborn. The Hava-Apso is best suited for someone who enjoys spending time with their dog. They can be a bit difficult to train, but they are usually good with children and other pets. While they don’t need an extensive amount of exercise, they do like to stay active. A daily walk or game in the backyard can help your Hava-Apso keep fit. The Hava-Apso is well suited for apartment living. They are fairly quiet, and they don’t require a lot of space. However, they do need to have a companion. If you are looking to adopt an Hava-Apso, make sure you are willing to spend time with them.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Hava-Apso is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Hava-Apso is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Hava-Apso is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Hava-Apso is part of the Unclassified group.

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