Cavachons are not the most common breed, but you will consider yourself lucky if you bring one home! Cavachons are a designer breed; a crossbreed between a Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This dog is spunky, full of fun, and makes a great family dog as they’re good with children and other pets, and are adaptable indoor dogs.
They are known to bark when they hear something or someone approaching, but they are not the best guard dog because they will more than likely greet an intruder with kisses and a wagging tail.
Cavachons are relatively easy to train and respond best to positive reinforcement.
- Blenheim (chestnut and white)
- Tri-Color (black, white, and tan)
Their weight and height can vary depending on the size of the parents, but typically Cavachons are 12–13 inches tall and weigh 15–25 pounds.
Children and Cavachons are like peanut butter and jelly! They make the best playmates and after tiring each other out your Cavachon puppy will love just to snuggle up and take a nap.
We recommend 40 minutes of activity per day. They’ll enjoy walks on the beach or visits to the dog park, but will also enjoy interactive games in an enclosed yard. However, the Cavachon does not tolerate the cold very well.
Mixed breeds have been happening for many years, so it is uncertain when exactly the Cavachon was discovered; but designer breeds started becoming fairly popular during the late 1990s to early 2000s. The Bichon Frise parent originated in the Mediterranean area. Later, Italian sailors found them and brought them home with them where they were prized by Italian nobility. The Bichon was brought to the United States in 1955 and entered the American Kennel Club's Miscellaneous Class in 1971.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was loved for their gentle nature, and a favorite, in particular, of King Charles II who reigned over Britain in the late 1600s. This king's namesake is where this Spaniel got their name. The Cavalier King Charles came to North America in 1952, although they were not added to the roster of the American Kennel Club until 1996. The Cavachon is an appealing combination of the two parents.
Major health concerns to be aware of:
- Mitral Valve Disease
- Heart Murmur
Minor health concerns to be aware of:
- Eye Problems
- Liver Shunts
Like their poodle relatives, our small Cavachon pups have no undercoat, making them an ideal fit for people with animal fur related allergies. But let's be clear: there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog. Cavachons may lack an undercoat but some of their hair will come out and all dogs shed skin cells, just like humans. You should be able to snuggle up close with your pup and be sniffle free! You can brush your dog once or twice a week to help with any shedding they may have and to keep their hair from matting.
To prevent skin irritation, bathing is only recommended when necessary and with a good veterinary-recommended shampoo. Cavahon’s ears should also be checked weekly for dirt or burrs and can be wiped with damp cotton or wool.