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Cavachon Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Cavachon so you can get to know the breed more.

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Cavachon
OriginEngland Spain Belgium
Other Names
What other names does the Cavachon have? The dog breed also known as...
Cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed
AKC Group
Is Cavachon recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Cavachon recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Cavachon breed?
Not recognized by any clubs.
Price
How much does the Cavachon puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Cavachon price:
800-1000
If you choose to purchase the Cavachon, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Cavachon for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Cavachon gets to a happy place.

Cavachon History

The Cavachon is a hybrid dog, created by mixing a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They are little dogs with beautiful, silky coats which have slight waves. They come in a variety of colors, including white, apricot, black, and tan, but most are white with apricot, black, or tan markings (tricolored). They are also very friendly and loving dogs and make great family pets. Moreover, whether it is clever marketing or based in fact, Gleneden Kennel in Berryville, Virginia, in the United States claims to be the first breeder of Cavachons, having established this hybrid in 1996.

However, to be able to know the true history of this breed, we need to look at the parents. As for the Bichon Frise parent’s history, for so long, the informal grouping of what can only be described as “small white dogs” has attracted the attention of royals and aristocracy, that we can’t tell for sure when it all began. Although, according to experts small lap dogs were bartered around the Mediterranean basin for millennia. Cleopatra, so the legend goes, was a “little white dog” fan. More formally, members of this canine clan are known as Barbichon-type dogs, which includes breeds such as the Bolognese, Havanese, Maltese, and the Bichon Frise. It is believed that these breeds began their modern development on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. One of these breeds became so closely associated with the island that it was known as the Bichon Tenerife. The small Bichon Tenerife dog became the primary ancestor of today’s Bichon Frise. Since the 13th century, the breed has had a close relationship with European aristocrats. They were especially well-liked by the royal courts of Spain, Italy, and France. Experts know a lot about Bichon’s career as a royal lap warmer thanks to the many appearances the breed makes in portraits by the great painting masters. For example, the breed was included in several works by artist Francisco de Goya. With the French Revolution in 1789, the Bichon’s days as the pampered pet of the aristocracy came to an end. As many of the breed’s benefactors were taken to prison, street entertainers took in the dogs and trained them to turn somersaults, walk on their hind legs, waving both paws in the air, and perform other tricks. It wasn’t long before the Bichon was earning his keep as a circus performer. Thanks to their crowd-pleasing antics Bichons survived, and it was brought to the United States in 1955 and became eligible to enter the American Kennel Club’s Miscellaneous Class in 1971.

On the other hand, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was bred from the Toy Spaniel, which is depicted in famous paintings of the 1600s to 1800s, showing that this sweet breed once had a place in the hearts of the royals. Treasured for their gentle nature, the Spaniel was a favorite of King Charles II, who reigned over Britain in the late 17th century. In fact, this Spaniel’s name came from the name of the king. After the king died, the Pug became the favorite companion of the nobility, but years of breeding and refining across the globe brought the Cavalier King Charles 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. Since 1996, the Cavachon has traveled the world, and is now one of the most popular dogs, either pedigree or cross-bred in the United States, United Kingdom, and throughout much of Europe. Although the Cavalier was developed to mimic hunting dogs of old, both parents are companion dogs first and foremost, and it was for this purpose that the Cavachon was conceived. As well as being a great fit for this role in terms of temperament, it also inherits a very low-shedding coat from the Bichon, making it all the more appealing as a pet. Moreover, all cross-breeding involved an amount of luck, and because most Cavachons are first-generation crosses between pedigree parents, one can never know exactly how the poppies will turn out. While their size is reasonably predictable, other traits are not, and some dogs Cavachons will resemble one or other parent more closely.

Cavachon General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Cavachon size:
SmallMedium
Weight
How much does the Cavachon weigh? Cavachon weight:
Male: 15-35 pounds (7-16 kg), Female: 13-33 pounds (6-15 kg)7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Cavachon? Cavachon average weight:
Male: 25 pounds (11.5 kg), Female: 23 pounds (10.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Cavachon? Cavachon height:
12-13 inches (30-33 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Cavachon average height:
12.5 inches (31.5 cm)

Cavachon Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Cavachon have? What does this canine coat look like?
FeatheredCurly
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Cavachon's coat?
CreamWhitePied
Grooming
How to groom the Cavachon and how often?
Effortless: The Cavachon requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Cavachon is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Cavachon dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise? Cavachon shedding level:
Cavachons shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Cavachon Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Cavachon have? What characteristics does the breed have?
HappyEasygoingSmartEager
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Cavachon? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Cavachon's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Cavachon dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Cavachons are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Cavachon is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Cavachon sensitivity:
Cavachons don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Cavachons are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise need? Cavachon social needs:
Cavachons need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Cavachon dogs bark a lot? Why does my Cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise bark?
Average: The Cavachon barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Cavachon good as a watchdog?
Cavachons are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Cavachon dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Cavachons are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Cavachon bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Cavachon? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Cavachon has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Cavachon do?
Cavachons have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Cavachons need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Cavachon to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Cavachon roam?
Cavachons tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Cavachon have high prey drive?
Cavachons have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Cavachons are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Cavachon good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Cavachons are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Cavachons adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Cavachons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Cavachon dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Cavachon Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Cavachons are very stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Cavachon dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Cavachon and children:
Cavachons are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Cavachon dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Cavachons are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Cavachon good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Cavachon dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Cavachons are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Cavachon can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Cavachons good office dogs? Do Cavachons make good office friendly dogs? Can Cavachons be office dogs?
No
Cavachon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Cavachon dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise temperament with senior people? Are Cavachon dogs good for elderly owners?
Cavachons are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Cavachon dogs get along with other pets? Are Cavachon dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Cavachons are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Cavachon breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Cavachons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Cavachon be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Cavachon is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Cavachon be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Cavachon breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Cavachon be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Cavachon is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Cavachon be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Cavachon is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Cavachon be a boat dog?
Not really
Cavachon breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Cavachon be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Cavachon is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Cavachon Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Cavachon dogs have health problems?
Cavachons are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Cavachon breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Cavachon breed? Health risks of Cavachon:
Mitral Valve DiseaseHeart MurmursSyringomyeliaAtopic DermatitisCataractsCushing's SyndromePatellar Luxation
Life Expectancy
How long do Cavachon dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Cavachon be?
10-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Cavachon breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Cavachons do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Cavachon have?
Cavachons have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Cavachon dogs require per day?
Cavachons have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Cavachons are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Cavachon need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 1.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Cavachon risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Cavachon's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Cavachon's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Cavachon has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Cavachon drool?
The Cavachon is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Cavachon could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Cavachon. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Cavachon Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Cavachon: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Cavachon have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Cavachon have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies

Cavachon Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Cavachon's has great intelligence.
  • Health Issues: Cavachons are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Hypoallergenic: Cavachons do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Cavachons are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Cavachon requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Cavachon is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Cavachon has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Cavachons tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Cavachons adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Cavachons are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Cavachons are cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Cavachons are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Cavachons are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Cavachons tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Cavachon is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Cavachons are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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Cavachon Comments, Reviews & Questions

  • Sparky

    May 28, 2021, 3:17:15 PM:

    Our cavachon is super cute and very healthy. Easy to take care of. Love the breed!

  • Jenny

    Mar 18, 2021, 9:25:48 AM:

    Cavachon’ s are lovely super-friendly companions. This review is wrong re grooming. The bichon can bring a beautiful, long, slightly curly coat which needs careful grooming. Clipped, it becomes like an astrakhan curly coat.

  • Barbarian

    Jan 21, 2021, 3:15:25 PM:

    It’s an amazing dog GET IT

  • Bobby

    Jul 10, 2020, 11:57:43 AM:

    They are cute and friendly