Havanese vs Pomeranian

Compare the Havanese to the Pomeranian. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Havanese and Pomeranians.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Havanese and Pomeranian are excellent choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - The Havanese is very child friendly. The Pomeranian does okay around kids, but is not as tolerant as the Havanese.
  • Grooming - Both the Havanese or Pomeranian have high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The Pomeranian bark/howls frequently. The Havanese has an average level of barking.
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Havanese vs Pomeranian
Havanese Dog Breed
Red Pomeranian Dog
Breed NameHavanesePomeranian
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesNo
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Height8-11 in.7-12 in.
Weight7-13 lb3-7 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryCubaGermany
Origin Year1800 AD1500 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Pet FriendlyVery GoodBelow Average
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 75°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsBelow AverageVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumLow
Top Running Speed12 mph12 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumMedium
SheddingNone-LowMedium
DanderLowMedium
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameHavanesePomeranian
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesYes
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageBelow Average
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingVery LowBelow Average
HerdingBelow AverageBelow Average
HuntingBelow AverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminBelow AverageBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchVery LowHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameHavanesePomeranian
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.12-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
CataractsYesYes
ChondrodysplasiaYesNo
Collapsed TracheaNoYes
DeafnessYesNo
Dry EyeNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaYesNo
EpilepsyNoYes
Heart MurmursYesNo
Heat IntoleranceNoYes
HeatstrokeNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesYes
HypothyroidismNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseYesYes
Mitral Valve DiseaseYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesYes
Patent Ductus ArteriosisNoYes
Portosystemic Liver ShuntYesNo
SeizuresNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameHavanesePomeranian
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesYes
WavyYesNo
WoolyNoYes
StraightNoYes
Coat Length(s)
LongYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & Silver BrindleYesNo
Black & TanYesYes
Black & Tan BrindleYesNo
Black BrindleYesNo
BlueYesYes
Blue BrindleYesYes
ChocolateYesYes
Chocolate BrindleYesNo
Chocolate SableYesYes
CreamYesYes
FawnYesNo
Fawn BrindleYesNo
Fawn SableYesNo
GoldYesNo
Gold BrindleYesNo
Gold SableYesNo
RedYesYes
Red BrindleYesNo
Red SableYesYes
SilverYesNo
Silver BrindleYesNo
Silver SableYesNo
WhiteYesYes
BeaverNoYes
Beaver SableNoYes
Black & BrindleNoYes
Blue & TanNoYes
Blue MerleNoYes
Blue SableNoYes
Chocolate & TanNoYes
Chocolate MerleNoYes
Cream SableNoYes
OrangeNoYes
Orange SableNoYes
Tri-coloredNoYes
Wolf SableNoYes