Dog Breed Profile


Havapeke History

The Havapeke is a Turkish shepherd and livestock guardian. The Havapeke is a medium-sized, short-coated, Anatolian shepherd. The Havapeke is a dog that is part of the indigenous fauna of Turkey. The origin of the name “Havape” is debated. One theory asserts the name “Havape” comes from the word “hava”, meaning “guard” in Turkish. Another theory asserts that “hava” is a reference to a “wolf”. The Turkish word “havi” means “dog” or “bear” and “havi” also refers to “wolf”. The name “Hava” or “Vapa” (“Wolf”) is popularly attributed to this breed. It is named after the region where it is found, the Sivas province. In Turkey, some refer to the Hava Pekei simply as a “sheepdog”, the “Turkoman Hound”, or the “Turkish Wolfhound”. In Iran it is also known as the “Shepherd Dog”.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Havanese, Pekingese

Havapeke Physical Characteristics

The Havapeke is a medium-small toy–medium breed that is typically 9 to 11 inches in height and 8 to 12 pounds in weight. This breed has a thick, short, waterproofed, curly, or wavy, double coat that is red, apricot, fawn, or brindle. They have a double-layered, wrinkled skin with a mane of fur around the face and a tail that curls up. They have large, wide, erect ears. They should appear alert and agile.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Gray, Blue, Cream

Height Range

Male Height Range: 7 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 7 – 12 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 9 – 14 lbs

Female Weight Range: 7 – 13 lbs

Havapeke Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Havapeke Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, Glaucoma, Hypothyroidism, Liver Shunts

Havapeke Temperament and Behaviour

The Havapeke is confident, social, and friendly. They are typically not aggressive, but will defend their territory and owner when necessary. They are very intelligent and have high energy and drive. They are highly trainable and are easily trained using positive reinforcement.

Havapeke Activity Requirements

The Havapoo is a cross between a Havanese and a Poodle. They are a small, compact, and portable dog, making them a popular choice for families and apartment dwellers. While their medium energy level means they can adapt to almost any environment, they do require regular walks or jogs. A short, but brisk, walk every day will keep your Havapoo fit and healthy. A slow walk around the neighborhood or time in the backyard playing with their favorite toys will be enough to meet most of your Havapoo’s physical needs. While they may be adaptable, they will benefit from some outdoor time and social interaction.

Miles Per Day

9 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Havapeke is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Havapeke is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Havapeke is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Havapeke is part of the Unclassified group.

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