Havamalt Breed Information and Facts

The Havamalt is a small hybrid dog that is known both for being incredible gentle and affectionate and for its impressively soft silky outer coat. Let's take a closer look at the information and facts surrounding this dog beloved by adults.
Havamalts are hybrid dogs, the genetic combination of the Havanese breed and the Maltese breed.  While not always a 50/50 split, the Havamalt combines the best of the Havanese and Maltese dogs, but has a more compact body, a more pronounced “puppy” face, and a wider range in color.  Since both of the Havamalt’s genetic parents come from the Bichon line, all Havamalts will also be non-shedding and hypoallergenic.
The Havamalt on average will grow 8 to 11 inches tall and weigh 6 to 12 pounds.  Most are multi-colored and their coat has both an inner layer – with short and coarser hairs – and an outer layer – with soft wavy hairs.
Grooming Needs
Taking its uniquely soft coat into consideration, a Havamalt is a high maintenance dog in terms of grooming.  Brush your Havamalt on a daily basis and keep a regular bathing schedule of once every 2 weeks at minimum.   
As for shampoos, aim for any brand that will nourish your Havamalt’s locks and pay attention to the natural oils in your dog’s skin.  Some Havamalts are naturally less oily than others and may also require a conditioner as well.  
In addition to brushing and washing, a Havamalt will also need to have its teeth brushed regularly to prevent problems. The dog's ears and eyes should be checked every other week as dead or clotted hair can cause irritation or infections.  
A Havamalt is known for being an alert yet gentle dog that requires a positive household and warm attention to truly thrive. This is not a pup you stick in the backyard. 
Taking traits from both the Maltese and the Havanese, the Havamalt is a sweet and sociable little dog.  They are known to have a cheerful and loyal personality and are welcoming to most strangers.  Like other dogs in their genetic family, Havamalts are highly intelligent and easy to train. They can, however, be easily upset by harsh words or strict and loud tones.
Training Needs
Havamalt will respond well to obedience training and are intelligent enough to learn skills and tricks even as adults.  More so than other small dogs, Havamalt require an incredibly calm yet assertive leader and positive reinforcement.  Incentive or food-based training will work incredibly well with a Havamalt, but yelling or punitive actions will have the opposite effect after crushing the dog's confidence.  Kindness, positivity, and affection are key to training your Havamalt – from puppy to adult.  Along with potty training, train your Havamalt to heel early on.
Activity Level
Havamalt dogs are very lively and playful.  They will need regular exercise and playtime in any living situation.  A daily walk or a good run will keep them healthy and alert. Interactive games like fetch or find and seek will help them remain intelligent and playful.  
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