The Havamalt: A Complete Guide

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Purchasing a dog is a big step in the journey of your life. It’s more than just an object; it’s a 10-15 year contract of love and loyalty.

When adopting a puppy, you’re adopting a new addition to your family who will love you, and the ones around you as unconditionally as you love them.

A dog can even signify the start of a new family, with its paws imprinting a strong, heartfelt impact on one’s life forever.

The Havamalt is a unique dog. It is the crossbreed of a Maltese and Havanese, and are smart, kind and loving dogs that serve as the perfect lap-sized companion for a sole owner, or family.

In this guide, I will detail the vital information on the Havamalt for you to determine whether this dog is right for you.

I’ll go over the behavioural traits, appearance, physical and dietary needs, health concerns and of course, what to look for in a breeder.

If you’re in the market for a smaller, bright-eyed companion for your everyday life, and the Maltese strike your eye, scroll on down to find out more!

Havamalt Puppy: Before You Buy

A dirty Havamalt licking its nose
The Havamalt is a cute, friendly and enthusiastic lap dog.

There’s a long list of things that need to be considered when purchasing a puppy.

As stated before, a dog is a 10-15 year contract, and you’ll need to determine your ability to provide a vibrant, social and appropriate atmosphere and household for the dog to thrive.

This way, it’s health doesn’t stagnate, and it’s mental isn’t ridden with any feelings of isolation, or anxiety.

When purchasing a Havamalt, make sure you’re certain on what gender and colour you want, as well as your decision on whether you spay/neuter the animal.

It is also important to evaluate your budget and research what foods and secondary care points your puppy needs to be handled, as well as finding a safe, reputable breeder.

How much does a Havamalt puppy cost?

The Havamalt is somewhat of a hard dog to set a specific price on, as it’s range is so large.

When in the market for purchasing a Havamalt, it can be priced at anywhere between USD 350 to $900, usually landing on the higher end of the price scale.

This is a costly price for a mixed breed toy dog in comparison to other lapdogs such as the Paperanian and Taco Terrier, which both land around $300-500 price mark.

However, in comparison to the Havanese, which averages around $1000-$1500, as well as the Maltese, which averages around $2000-$2500, the Havamalt sports an affordable alternative.

How do you find a reputable Havamalt breeder?

Finding a safe, professional breeder is vital when adopting a puppy.

The way they are bred and the way they are raised from that point can affect life expectancy, behaviour, mental health, and other issues throughout the dog’s life.

So when in the market for a dog, it is important to be careful, and wary of where you buy. When in search of a reputable Havamalt breeder, there are certain things you need to analyze.

It is important to visit the breeder in person and see where the puppies are kept, as they should have a considerably open, comfortable space with play equipment and readied food and water.

It is also important to determine how the breeder treats the dogs, as socialization from a young age is needed for their happiness and wellbeing.

The best way to find a specific breeder is word of mouth, so make sure you ask around your local neighbourhood.

Three little-known facts about the Havamalt

  1. The Havamalt is hypoallergenic, which means it has low shedding levels!
  2. It’s parent dog, the Maltese, was popular amongst royalty such as Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, which is the direct source as to why dogs such as the Havamalt are commonly referred to as ‘designer’.
  3. While the Havamalt does like the occasional exercise, it prefers indoor play opposed to a long walk.

The Physical Traits of the Havamalt

The Havamalt is a mix of Maltese and Havanese
The Havamalt inherits many of the same health concerns that you’d find with a Havanese or Maltese.

The Havamalt is a crossbreed between Havanese and Maltese so that it will inherit physical traits of both.

The Havamalt is usually white; with brown eyes and a black nose, however, its coat sometimes can be either black, grey, silver, cream or red.

They are toy-sized and commonly referred to as ‘lap dogs’ due to their small size and posture.

How big is a full-grown Havamalt?

Much like its equally tiny parent breeds, the Havamalt is small enough to fit snugly into a lap and is just as easy to carry as it is to walk.

A full-grown Havamalt tends to grow around 9-12 inches, around the size of a school ruler.

If you’re looking for a stern, guard dog, this little creature may not be it for you, but its small, snug size makes it perfect for cold night cuddles!

The Havamalt tends to weigh between 5 and 12 pounds, posing little threat to children around the house.

What is the life expectancy of the Havamalt?

The life expectancy of the Havamalt averages around 12-15 years, the same as other toy-sized, mixed-breed dogs such as the Taco Terrier.

However, crossbreeds tend to healthier than that of purebreds, so the Havamalt may be a safer bet than that if its parent breeds.

Small dogs tend to live longer than that of a larger breed, as they don’t inherit the same large amount of health concerns and conditions.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Havamalt

The Havamalt is a bright, enthusiastic and gleeful dog that always seems to be smiling If provided with the right amount of socialization from a young age.

However, training is necessary for this type of dog, as it tends to be hesitant around small children and strangers.

Regular walks around the neighbourhood will help it become more comfortable, as well as regular playtime with surrounding children in the household.

It is also recommended that you enrol the Havamalt in obedience classes.

The Havamalt’s Diet

A cute white Havamalt looking up
The Havamalt does not require a regular trip to the vet.

The Havamalt, as a small dog, does not require a hefty amount of food throughout the day. It is recommended that you feed it one cup of dog food per day, which will cost you around $25 a month.

It’s important that you strictly feed the Havamalt dog food, as its small stomach tends not to deal well with other cuisines.

When in the house, be careful leaving open food around, as the Havamalt is always curious, and will try and snatch it!

How much exercise does the Havamalt need?

The Havamalt requires a moderate amount of exercise, but nothing too high octane. In fact, most of its activities can be done indoors, which is perfect when it’s too hot, or cold outside.

The Havamalt requires around 45 minutes of exercise per day, and it’s recommended that you walk it around 7 miles a week.

The Havamalt is the ideal dog for an owner who lives in an apartment complex or has a small backyard.

Havamalt health concerns and conditions

As a crossbreed, the Havamalt inherits many of the same health concerns that you’d find with a Havanese or Maltese.

However, like a little dog, it is not prone to some of the more life-threatening issues found in larger breeds.

The Havamalt will not require a regular trip to the vet, however its important to watch out for any physical or emotional signs of deteriorating health.

Serious Issues Include:

Minor Issues Include:

  • Cataracts: A condition in which the eyes become blurred
  • Liver Shunts: Where blood bypasses the liver.
  • Hypothyroidism: A condition in which the dog doesn’t generate enough thyroid hormones.

What are the best types of toys?

It is often very easy to overlook the importance that toys hold in the life of a dog and it is a grave sin to keep your dog away from the joy of playing with toys.

One of the first things you need to do before you bring your Havamalt pup into the house is to get the first toy for your dog.

In the early stages of your dog’s life, this toy will act as a companion toy and will provide a lot of comfort and relief to your pup if you place it in its crate.

The Havamalt is a small dog so generally, you would never be opting for big toys that your dog will have trouble playing with.

So the first toy must be very small and easy to manoeuvre so that your dog can get used to playing with it easily.

It is important to note that just placing the toy beside your dog or in its crate isn’t usually enough for your dog to start playing with it.

You must take time to introduce the toy to your Havamalt and help it play with it and manoeuvre it around so that it knows how to make the most use of it.

The first toy can either be a small ball that can roll around or a chew toy that can easily be picked up by your Havamalt.

Where a small ball can be a very great companion toy, a chew toy will help your dog with teething and will allow it to develop a habit of chewing just the toy and not other stuff in the house.

As your pup grows up, you can keep introducing new toys so that your pup never gets bored and the two of you get enough productive playtime together.

Havamalt ConclusionA Havamalt resting its head

Overall, the Havamalt is a cute, friendly and enthusiastic lap dog. It’s small, savvy and packs a whole lot of attitude.

While not entirely on the cost-effective size, the Havamalt is a cheaper alternative to the designer royalty of a Maltese, but still has the high-class, sleek cloak that’ll turn heads on the street.

Initially, it isn’t the most welcoming of dogs when it comes to strangers and children, but with the proper training and social attention it’ll warm up.

While it’s initial price is somewhat pricey for a small, crossbreed dog, it doesn’t require the same amount of food, time, and veterinarian costs that others do.

So, if you’re ready to make a 15-year commitment that won’t tire you out after a day at work, the Havamalt may be perfectly suited for you.

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