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Cavachon Breed Information

Cream and white Cavachon puppy sitting on a boat

Sweet, charming, fluffy, and cuddly with an infectious jolly mood, the Cavachon puppies make one of the best family companion pets. These furry bundles of joy are lively, playful pups that lack aggression, enjoy training, and love being spoiled. Adopt a Cavachon puppy and you’ll get a forever friend that will love you to the stars and back again. The cute Cavachon puppies are a new hybrid breed designed for blissful companionship. They are a mixed breed of a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a purebred Bichon Frise

BREED TYPE / MIX Hybrid / Cavalier King Charles crossed with a Bichon Frise ENERGY Moderate SHEDDING Minimum TRAINING Responsive TEMPERAMENT Affectionate, Friendly, Gentle, Loving, Playful, Sweet ADULT WEIGHT 10-20 lbs ADULT HEIGHT 12-13 in LIFE SPAN 10-17 yrs

Characteristics

  • Cavachon puppies are a lovely crossbreed of a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • Also known as Cavalier Bichon and Bichon King Charles, the Cavachon is currently the 10th most popular designer puppy in the United States
  • The Cavachons are loyal and devoted dogs who love their human family above all else
  • Hypoallergenic Cavachon with low-shedding coat
  • Accepting, calm, and lovable, the Cavachon has a delightful personality and is fantastic with children.
  • Cavachons love everyone they meet. They’re great with cats, dogs, other house pets, and even strangers. Because of their friendly personality, they don't make the best guard dogs
  • Cavachons live longer, healthier lives due to hybrid vigor
  • Easy to train, easy to groom, and eager to please, the Cavachon puppy is the perfect fit for families with or without children, singles, senior owners, and first-time pet owners
  • The Cavachons are highly adaptable to both calm and active lifestyles
  • Always in a cheerful uplifting mood, the Cavachon is an excellent therapy dog
  • The Cavachon is moderately active, loves to cuddle, and thrives in both small apartments as well as big homes. This breed makes a fantastic companion dog  
Cream Cavachon wearing glasses

Appearance

The Cavachon dog is a sweet, cuddly-looking fur baby that charms the world with its tiny size, excited tail wags, and cute playful paws. The first thing you’ll notice about these beautiful dogs is that they are always happy. They walk, bark, and cuddle happily, all while appearing perfectly content and loving. As these designer puppies are a mix of two dissimilar-looking dogs, you will find that each one is unique.

The Cavachon size can present different heights and weights for each adult Cavachon. That being said, a full grown Cavachon will stand at 13 inches or less, while the Cavachon weight will vary between 10 and 20 pounds. The Cavachon puppies will inherit traits and features from both of their parents. Generally, they will appear with a long bushy tail that is worn upwards and curled, a small dark-colored nose, big round eyes, and floppy ears.

The Cavachon has a small, compact, and sturdy body covered in a soft medium to long silky coat that can vary from straight to wavy and sometimes curly. The Cavachon is hypoallergenic and low-shedding and can come in a variety of colors and color combinations. Cavachon colors include white; white with tan; black with tan; apricot; red; brown; sable, and sometimes tricolor. Adult Cavachon dogs are famous for retaining their forever-young puppy looks and joyous personalities well into their teen years.  

The most popular Cavachon puppies are the blenheim Cavachon, the apricot, the tri color, and the black and white Cavachon. There are also different size variations of the Cavachon breed like the Teacup and Toy Cavachon.  

Temperament

The Cavachon is a lively, happy, and spunky little dog that shares the same love for the outdoors as its parents do. This happy dog enjoys games and activities like swimming, hiking, going on camping trips, and fetching. Social, joyful, fun, and a wonderful travel companion, the Cavachon is always excited to discover new places, meet new people, and make new friends.  

Cavachon puppies are bright, curious, and eager to please their owner. They are known to excel at learning and will find training to be a very fun activity. Cavachon dogs are known to be very loving, loyal, and devoted. They thrive on attention and have unconditional love for their human family. Their temperament is calm and they display affectionate gestures towards everyone they meet. Because their nature is docile, the Cavachon puppies make great additions to a family with small kids. These puppies are mild and sweet, often growing up to be naturally well-behaved adult dogs, especially around children.

Although Cavachons crave attention and are known to often become their owner’s second shadow, they are not overly dependent and are more than capable of keeping themselves occupied with a chew toy when there is no one around. 

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Care

Grooming Requirements  

Cavachons shed very little and are low maintenance when it comes to grooming. Brushing their coats twice a week and bathing them once a month is enough to keep their coats from matting or becoming tangled. Their ears, however, need regular cleaning, preferably once a week, and their nails trimmed every other month. Brushing your Cavachon’s teeth regularly will also help them avoid dental issues.

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Exercise Needs  

Cavachons are not overly active dogs. They enjoy canine games like hide and seek, chase, fetch, and frisbee, as much as they enjoy napping and lazing around on a relaxed day. One or two brisk walks a day along with some play time at home are recommended to keep the Cavachon happy and in great shape.  

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Health

The Cavachon breed is generally much healthier than the breeds that make up the Cavachon mix. Although these dogs can develop certain health problems that are common with their parents, their hybrid vigor protects them from developing serious diseases. That being said, common health issues may include allergies, dental problems, ear infections, eye conditions, and patellar luxation which is common in small dogs.  

Lifespan

The Cavachon dog breed has a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. Although their life expectancy is generally 15 years for most dogs, there are some dogs that exceed this limit with flying colors. Some Cavachon dogs live up to be more than 17 years old. To ensure that your little fur-baby lives a long and happy life, always make sure you provide plenty of love, good quality dog food, enough exercise, and regular vet checks.  

Training  

Cavachon puppies are easy to train. They like learning new things and enjoy the attention they get when they show off newly learned tricks. Combining playtime with training offers the best results when training a Cavachon puppy. They respond well to reward-based training and positive reinforcement. It helps to have their favorite treats and toys on hand while training them and using gentle approaches.

Although they are easy to train, potty training sessions and leash training should be done multiple times a week. A one time dog training session per week will not present fast results.

Cavachons are highly affectionate, family-attached dogs. Because of this, they can sometimes be prone to feelings of anxiety and loneliness when they are left alone for too long. This is best dealt with during puppyhood to avoid any destructive behavior in the future. Leaving the Cavachon puppies alone at home for a few minutes at a time is the best way to ensure they don’t develop separation anxiety or any of the destructive behaviors that come with it. 

History

One of the most popular designer hybrid breeds today, the Cavachon, who is also known as “the Cavalier Bichon” or “the Bichon King Charles”, is a cross between a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a purebred Bichon Frise. The sweet, lovable Cavachon puppies were first introduced to the world during the 1990’s in North America. By crossing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a Bichon Frise, Cavachon breeders aimed to create a healthier, affectionate, and joyful pup that would inherit the hypoallergenic coat of the Bichon and the brilliant mind and happy demeanor of the Cavalier.  

Although the Cavachon dog breed is fairly new and without much history to it, we can take a look back at the history of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise parent breeds to better understand the designer hybrid breed.  

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel also referred to as “the Spaniel Gentle” or “the Comforter”, is an elegant and graceful dog with a sweet personality and a brilliant mind. A centuries old breed, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is considered to be part of the canine world aristocracy. Their gentle and loving personality, sharp intelligence, and happy demeanor have earned the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels a place in the hearts of royals throughout history.  

The Bichon Frise also referred to as “Bichon Tenerife”, is an adorable looking, clever and merry dog with a big heart that originated in Tenerife during the 14th century. Their toy like appearance, joyful attitude, and cuddly nature have won the Bichon Frise the favor of the French and Spanish nobility. Greatly loved at royal courts around the world, the Bichon Frise has often appeared in famous paintings alongside members of royal families. A natural born entertainer, a cuddly lap dog, and a loyal and loving companion pet, the Bichon Frise is and always has been one of the most loved dog breeds in the world.  

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel and the Bichon Frise were selected for the Cavachon mix due to their gentle nature and well-balanced temperament. The Cavalier King Charles spaniel breed is also the parent to Cavapoo, Cavapom, and Cava-tzu puppies. The Bichon Frise breed also has a few crossbreed puppies of its own like the Aussiechon, Poochon, Pomachon, Yorkie Chon, and Zuchon puppies

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