The Cavachon is a lovely, sweet-natured, and mischievous little dog that has gained the hearts of many dog owners across the nation. As a cross between two small but cute dog breeds, the Cavachon offers numerous benefits to any owner who decides to bring them home. This breed is a hybrid of two small dogs, […]
The Cavachon is a lovely, sweet-natured, and mischievous little dog that has gained the hearts of many dog owners across the nation. As a cross between two small but cute dog breeds, the Cavachon offers numerous benefits to any owner who decides to bring them home. This breed is a hybrid of two small dogs, the handsome Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the fluffy Bichon Frise. Of course, because it’s a cross breed, it can be hard to predict how the Cavachon will come out, but most Cavachons are friendly and happy little pooches! They love being around people and even other dogs. They also tend to adapt to new environments and are great pets for apartment life. If you’re considering bringing a small dog into your life, the Cavachon may just be the perfect companion for you!
The Cavachon is the result of crossing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. During the 1980s and 1990s, a wave of “designer dog breeds” became popularized among the dog owning community. Many breeders were breeding purebred dogs together to see if they could get the best traits of each breed. This resulted in the “designer dog”, leading to the creation of the Cavachon in the late 1990s. Other popular designer dog breeds that came from this period include the Mini Aussiedoodle, the Cavapoo, and the Goldendoodle.
Both male and female Cavachon dogs typically weigh around 15 to 20 lbs and stand 12 to 13 inches tall. Cavachons that weigh over 20 lbs are overweight.
Because the Cavachon is a designer dog, their temperament may vary. They’re more likely to inherit positive characteristics of both parents. For example, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is very playful and loving. They are highly sociable, which makes them a delight for any family. The Bichon Frise is cheerful and gentle. They also tend to be very polite dogs. The Cavachon may have a combination of these personality traits.
Many Cavachon owners will describe their little pooches as friendly, sweet, and affectionate with everyone they meet. Cavachons enjoy making new friends and always want to spend their time with their family. This means they do not enjoy being alone for long periods of time. Make sure to socialize your Cavachon early so they can grow up to be an obedient, well-rounded dog.
Through socialization, your Cavachon will also get along with other animals, including other dogs, cats, and pets. Due to the playful traits of their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent, they may chase after small animals like rabbits or birds so don’t leave your small pets alone with your mischievous Cavachon. Cavachons are rarely ever aggressive, and do not make good guard dogs. Their friendly and sociable nature just won’t let them be mean!
A Cavachon’s coat may vary due to their mixed breeding. Most Cavachons have wavy or curly hair, though the length will vary depending on the breeding. You will need to regularly brush your Cavachon’s coat at least three times a week, if not more. Cavachons shed hair often, and regular brushing can get rid of those extra hairs. The Cavachon’s coat colors may also vary, though it may come in brown, coffee, white, or a combination of these colors. Make sure to have your Cavachon groomed and trimmed a few times each year. Their coats can tangle in knots or mats so it helps to maintain their grooming as often as possible.
Thanks to their mildly active Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise parents, the Cavachon doesn’t need much exercise. Your Cavachon may only need a 30 minute walk each day to make them happy. Of course, they’ll also be more than happy to indulge in playtime with you! Although the Cavachon doesn’t need strenuous exercise on a daily basis, you must engage in some activity with them. Cavachons can become easily bored, and will delve into destructive behaviors around your house.
Small dogs are famous (well, infamous) for being independent and bold. This may be a good thing in some ways, but when it comes to training, it can be frustrating. The Cavachon is a trainable dog as both parent breeds are highly intelligent and respond well to training. However, it’s important to be consistent with positive reinforcement training with Cavachons. Let every family member in your home know about each command and how to perform it so that your Cavachon pup learns it. Do not use an abundance of treats during training as this could lead to obesity in small dogs.
We also recommend switching up your training sessions. Cavachons have a short attention span and can become bored with repetitive commands. Make each training session 10 minutes long. If you want, you can split each 10 minute session throughout the day. Reinforce your training outside of each session so that your Cavachon knows the rules of your home. Socialization is also extremely important so introduce your Cavachon puppy to the world and everything it has to offer.
So…is the Cavachon furry bestie you’ve always been waiting for? It may just be. However, you may need to consider your lifestyle and personality. Cavachon can be a handful, and their bold nature is cute at first but also very demanding for the average dog owner. They can also make wonderful and loving companions, as long as you understand their wants and needs. Make sure you’re ready for your life to change with Cavachon. You’ll have an adorable and fluffy puppy you’ll forever love!