Dog Breed Profile

Havashu History

The Havasu, also known as the Havasu Indian Dog, is a breed of domestic dog indigenous to the the Colorado River area of western North America. In two and one-half centuries, the Havasu people have developed a unique relationship with their dogs that is reflected in their ceremonial practices. The Southern Paiute of the Grand Canyon area have traditionally raised the Havasu as a herding and pack animal, usually in a family or group setting, as is traditional with their own tribe. The slightest mention of a “Havaso” by members of that tribe is immediately followed by an explanation of what a “Havaso” is and is not.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


Havanese, Shih Tzu

Havashu Physical Characteristics

The Havashu is a medium-to-large sized, long-haired, fluffy, white-coated breed of dog. It is an ancient breed that has only been around since 1992 and probably descended from the Akbash. It generally lives in Spain, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, and Romania. It is believed to be the ancestor of the Kuvasz, Komondor, and Maremma Sheepdog. It is known for its strength, defensiveness, and agility.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Brown, Gray, Cream, Black, White, Sable

Height Range

Male Height Range: 9 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 8 – 15 lbs

Female Weight Range: 7 – 14 lbs

Havashu Health

Description of breed health.


12-16 yrs

Havashu Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Chondrodysplasia (Chd), Bladder Stones, Mitral Valve Disease, Bone And Joint Problems, Allergies

Havashu Temperament and Behaviour

The Havashu is a balanced, even-tempered, and outgoing dog that enjoys playing with children. They are very protective of their families and can be territorial of their territory. They are very intelligent and are eager to please, which makes this breed an excellent candidate for obedience and agility training.

Havashu Activity Requirements

The Havapoo is a cross between a Poodle and a Havanese. They are a medium-sized, sturdy dog with a moderate energy level. The Havapoo is still a puppy, so they will need plenty of play time and exercise. They can be rambunctious puppies, so they need a family who can help them burn off some of their energy. The Havapoo can be happy in either an apartment or a house. They do require frequent grooming to keep the coat looking nice, so you will probably want to invest in a coat or sweater for your little pup. While they are a fun-loving, friendly dog, they are not recommended for families with kids.

Miles Per Day

6 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Havashu is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Havashu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Havashu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Havashu is part of the Unclassified group.

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