|Colors:||Brown, silver, fawn, sable, brindle, pied, white, black, gray, cream|
|Suitable for:||Apartment dwellers, seniors|
|Temperament:||Sweet, loving, codependent, playful, curious|
If you’ve ever seen The Return of the Jedi, then you’re familiar with the Ewoks: a race of small, fuzzy creatures that helped the Rebels defeat the evil Empire. They’re pretty cute—so much so, you might be tempted to own one.
Chances are, though, that you don’t have much experience raising Ewoks, so this breed might be a bit of a mystery to you. Luckily, we’ve got your back, and in this guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about these lovable little fluffballs.
Both the Havanese and the Pomeranian have long been favorites of tiny-breed aficionados, as both breeds are loving, playful, and energetic. It’s no surprise, then, that mixing the two would create a dog that’s possibly even more fun-loving and affectionate than either of its parent breeds.
These dogs love to spend time with their owners, and while they’re energetic, their need for stimulation won’t take over your life. This makes them an excellent choice for apartment dwellers or senior citizens, as they give you most of the benefits of dog ownership with few of the downsides.
However, this is not a dog that tolerates being alone well, so don’t get one if you can’t handle having a constant companion.
3 Little-Known Facts About the Ewokian Dog
1. They’re Known as “Velcro Dogs”
Most Ewokians have a single goal: to be by your side every second of the day. They will affix themselves to you like they’re covered in Velcro, which is how they earned their nickname.
They’re generally calm and mild-mannered, so they shouldn’t interfere with your business too much. However, it would be cruel to adopt a pup that’s known as a Velcro dog and then spend a ton of time away from them, so only get one if you’re willing to accommodate a constant companion.
2. Their Appearance Can Vary Wildly
While they were named for their resemblance to the Star Wars characters, not all Ewokians look like they just wandered in from a film set.
Some strongly resemble Havanese, some look like Pomeranians, and many are somewhere in between. The breed is too new for there to be any sort of consistency, so you may have to shop around before you find one that meets your preference.
3. They Come in a Wide Array of Colors
Ewokians have one of the widest arrays of coat colors in the dog world. There are a ton of different combinations available, so don’t think that just because you’ve seen one Ewokian you’ve seen them all.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Ewokian 🧠
Ewokians are extremely sweet and playful, making them charming companions for kids of all ages. They love to sit in your lap and soak up the attention, but they’re more than happy to spend an afternoon playing on the floor as well.
Unlike many other lap dog breeds, the Ewokian is amiable and welcoming to strangers, so you don’t have to worry about it flying off the handle every time a friend approaches. Of course, that limits its utility as a guard dog, but these little guys aren’t likely to scare many bad guys off anyway.
They’re extremely codependent, however. They do not do well on their own, so if you can’t be with yours for a day, you should arrange for someone else to spend time with them.
They’re smart and easy to train as well. You shouldn’t have much of an issue housebreaking them, and they pick up tricks and other commands quickly.
Are These Dogs Good for Families? 🏡
The Ewokian is a wonderful family pet, as it gets along with people of all ages. It’s patient and affectionate toward children, but it also enjoys taking things slow with older people.
Unlike many other small breeds, Ewokians like all people equally. They don’t get super attached to a single person, so they’re equally happy spending all of their time with one person or being passed around among family members — just so long as they’re spending time with somebody. If your family doesn’t have time to spend with the dog, this is not the breed for you.
While they’re energetic and active, they don’t need a ton of exercise, so there’s no need to have a huge backyard to own one of these dogs. They’re great for apartment dwellers.
However, it should be noted that these are fairly fragile dogs, and as such, they’re not suitable for rough-and-tumble play. If you have kids who don’t know how to play gently, you may need a more formidable breed.
Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets? 🐶 😽
Ewokians love all kinds of pets, as they see every living thing as a potential playmate. However, they will usually choose the company of people over that of other animals. They have low prey drives, so smaller pets like cats and guinea pigs should be safe around them. They can be a bit pushy when they want to play, though, and your cat may not appreciate all the extra attention.
Be careful pairing them with larger dogs. As mentioned above, this is a fragile breed, and a bigger dog may not know how to play appropriately with them. This risk can be mitigated somewhat by introducing the larger breed when they’re still a puppy, but you’d be taking a chance regardless.
Things to Know When Owning an Ewokian
Owning an Ewokian isn’t terribly different from owning a Pomeranian or a Havanese, so if you’re familiar with those two breeds, you should do fine with this one. Still, there are a few things you should know before you adopt this Havanese Pom mix.
Food & Diet Requirements 🦴
Be careful not to overfeed your Ewokian, as their small frames can’t support much extra weight. Obesity is a problem with this breed, and it drastically increases the risk of other diseases. The good news is that these dogs don’t eat much. They get full easily, so it shouldn’t take more than a cup of kibble or so per day to satisfy them. You can slip them a treat or two as well, but make sure they’re extremely small.
When shopping for kibble, look for something high in protein and low in calories. These pups won’t burn off many calories in the course of their day, so it’s easier to limit their intake than it is to try to exercise any weight off.
Some owners like to mix wet and dry food for their Ewokians. This is fine, as wet food is generally more flavorful and is filled with moisture, but be judicious with the amount you give them. Wet food is extremely calorie-dense, and it won’t take much of the stuff to add a few pounds to your dog’s waistline.
Resist the temptation to use treats while training. These dogs are generally motivated by praise more than food, so a few kind words should be just as effective without causing your dog to balloon in the process.
Ewokians are extremely playful, so it’s not difficult to convince them to spend some time playing tug-of-war or chasing a ball. However, their overall exercise requirements are rather low, making them a good choice for aging or sedentary owners.
You shouldn’t need to give these dogs more than 30–60 minutes of moderate activity per day. A walk around the block once or twice a day is likely sufficient. They’ll welcome more stimulation, of course, but they’re not as likely to develop behavioral problems if they’re not fully exhausted. As long as your dog is happy and healthy, you can get away with the bare minimum.
Since they’re so small, Ewokians get most of their daily activity scurrying after you inside the house all day. What may seem like a short walk from the bedroom to the kitchen to you feels like a 5K to them, which further limits the amount of exercise they need.
Ewokians are fairly smart, but they’re far from the most intelligent dog breed around. As a result, you may have to go over things several times while training them.
They love to please their owners, though, so as long you don’t get frustrated, they won’t either. They respond incredibly well to positive reinforcement, but punishment or criticism is likely to be counterproductive. Simply reinforce the behaviors you want and ignore those you don’t.
Training your Ewokian should be fairly painless, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore it. They still need to be taught proper manners, and socialization is important, especially if you plan to have them around many people. However, these dogs aren’t as prone to misbehaving as some other breeds, so you shouldn’t have a monster on your hands if you don’t train them properly. They’re not as aggressive and territorial as many other lap dogs, and they don’t have a strong destructive streak.
The biggest issue that you’ll need to tackle in training will likely be separation anxiety. These pups hate to be away from their humans, and they can lose their minds when they’re by themselves. It’s important to teach your Ewokian to stay calm and confident when they’re alone, but it’s still a good idea not to leave them alone for long.
Grooming needs vary wildly from dog to dog and largely depend on which parent breed passed on the more dominant genes. They’re probably not going to be suitable for someone with severe allergies, but they don’t shed much either, especially if they take after their Havanese forebears.
Most Ewokians have medium-length, silky hair. You’ll need to brush them daily to prevent tangles, and they’ll need periodic haircuts as well. The rest of their grooming requirements are fairly standard: Brush their teeth and trim their nails regularly, and be sure to clean their ears out every week or so to prevent infections.
These dogs don’t tend to stink unless they’ve found something to roll in, so you shouldn’t need to bathe them often. A couple of times a year should do the trick.
Health Conditions ❤️
Ewokians are generally healthy, provided you take proper care of them. Regular dental cleaning and weight management are the two most important things you can do to keep your little pup healthy and happy.
That said, there are a few conditions that often crop up in these dogs, such as:
Male vs Female
There’s little difference between the sexes in this breed. Both are about the same size and have similar temperaments.
If anything, males may enjoy playing a bit more while females prefer cuddling, but even then, the difference is so slight as to be barely noticeable.
If you’re looking for a loving, low-maintenance lap dog, the Ewokian is one of the best options out there. These adorable little fluffballs absolutely adore people, and they have moderate exercise needs, making them great pets for older or less active owners.
Finding one may be a bit of a pain, and they’re incredibly fragile, so they may not be ideal for homes with small children. Also, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more codependent animal, so don’t get one unless you’re prepared to spend most of your time with it.
For those who can handle a constant companion, though, the Ewokian is about as good as it gets.
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