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Country of Origin, History of Cavachons
There is no known date or person who started the Cavachon breed, but it is believed it may have existed naturally over the years. However, it was only in 1996 that designer dog breeders in North America mixed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise to develop Cavachons to have an intelligent, affectionate, companion dog. They were bred to minimize the health issues each breed was prone to having.
As demand for mixed breed dogs kept increasing, Cavachons became more and more popular.
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A General Appearance of the Dog
The Cavachon is a mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. As such, each dog can have any combination of traits of the two breeds, so there is no set way a dog will look or behave. Therefore, any puppy or dog of this breed may have any combination of the characteristics of either of those breeds. Be sure to learn about those breeds to better understand your dog.
These small dogs are happy in a home with one person or a family and can adapt to children, apartment living, or a large yard. They are energetic, affectionate, and easy to train. It is considered hypoallergenic, but that will depend on what coat it inherited.
Most Cavachons are multi-colored rather than solid. Colors can be white, tan, apricot, and black. Their coats can be more curly and medium length like a Bichon or more long and silky like a Cavalier King Charles. They do shed, but not excessively, and you will want to brush them twice a week and have them groomed 3-4 times a year to keep them looking their best.
Cavachons are fairly hypoallergenic (not completely).
15 – 25 pounds
12 – 13 inches
There are Toy Cavachons which are less than 12 inches in height and under 10 pounds.
Temperament of the Dog
The Cavachon is a friendly, fun-loving, owner-pleasing dog. Unlike many small dogs, they are not snappy with children and they get along with other pets, so make a good family dog. They are intelligent and like to use their active minds.
Cavachons are gentle and friendly. Cavachons love to learn and please their owners, so start early and continue throughout their lifetime to train them in etiquette, obedience, and tricks. Training sessions should be short and there should be rewards for positive reinforcement. They will not react well to negative feedback.
They are friendly to people, and love to be lap dogs. They may bark to warn of visitors or strangers.
Better suited to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle?
They are an indoor dog, but love outdoor playtimes and walks when the weather permits.
Are they suited to homes with kids?
If they are well socialized with kids from a young age, they will love having all the attention from all family members.
Cavachons love to learn, so start early and continue throughout their lifetime to train them in etiquette, obedience, and tricks. Training sessions should be short and there should be rewards for positive reinforcement. They will not react well to negative feedback.
Start crate training early because Cavachons are not fond of being left alone and can become destructive if not well trained. It is important to give them something positive to do and keep their minds stimulated.
Cavachons are not hard to housetrain as a puppy. However, if you are adopting an adult, be aware that trouble with housebreaking could have been the reason for the dog needing a new home.
How active is the breed?
Cavachons have plenty of energy and are happy to go places with their owners and meet and greet people. They love to sit with you or be in your lap and will nap with you.
They will bark to let you know there is someone at the door. While both parent breeds can be barky, you can train your Cavachon to bark and to stop on command.
It is important to get your dog exercise every day because they can easily become overweight. Indoor play with you and toys and a couple of nice walks a day will keep him trim and happy.
Brush your dog once or twice a week. Check ears for debris when you brush your dog. Because they have hanging ears, they are prone to debris in the ears which should be cleared frequently and may need medication. Brush the teeth at least three times a week. Clip the nails monthly.
Because the Cavachon is a combination of two breeds, it is prone to the health conditions of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. These include mitral valve disease (heart disease), heart murmur, syringomyelia (cyst in the spinal cord near the brain), atopic dermatitis (skin allergies), cataracts, Cushing's Disease, and Patellar luxation (knee problems).
Be sure to brush your dog's teeth daily, check and clean his ears (2-3 times a week), and cut his nails (once or twice a month). Small breeds are prone to dental issues.
Be sure to keep your Cavachon on a leash when it is out of your fenced yard as it will dart after birds, squirrels, and other small animals.
Cavachons are prone to becoming overweight, so feed a measured amount twice a day and do not leave food out all the time. Be sure to get your Cavachon exercise each day whether it is one or two daily walks or lots of playtime in the house.
Life Span: 12-14 years
National Breed Clubs: none at this time
ACA = American Canine Association Inc. (Cavashon)
ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club (Cavachon)
DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club (Cavachon)
DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry® (Cavachon)
Group: Mixed Breed
AKC Popularity Ranking: Not recognized by AKC
Also Known As: Bichalier, Cavashon, Cavalier-Bichon, Bichon-King Charles
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