Affectionate and high-spirited, the Cavachon is a lively, affectionate little dog that has risen in popularity in the last few years. These dogs are a cross between the Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeds, resulting in an athletic, intelligent hybrid breed! With their attentive and loving personality, Cavachons make excellent family pets. They’re also hypoallergenic, which makes them a great dog breed for anyone with allergies.
While you can’t predict the exact temperament and looks a mixed breed dog will have, the Cavachon is definitely one of those special dogs to consider. Here are a few things you should know about this gorgeous, lovable breed!
The majority of Cavachons are small, growing up to 12 to 13 inches in height. They typically weigh 15 to 20 pounds.
The Cavachon is a mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise breeds so they’re mostly small in height. Covered in wavy, silky fur, Cavachons are also good-looking dogs that will win your heart over with just one look from their gorgeous brown eyes. Although they’re small, Cavachons are packed with a sturdy body structure, a curly tail, and cute facial expressions. Of course, due to their mixed-breed heritage, the overall appearance of the Cavachon may vary from dog to dog.
Cavachons can be best described as friendly, gentle, and loving dogs that enjoy making their owners happy. Now, this breed’s temperament can vary. Some Cavachons inherit a lively, athletic temperament from their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parentage. For these dogs, you’ll need to be prepared to exercise, play, and do other activities to keep your Cavachon puppy healthy. Other Cavachons take after their Bichon Frise heritage, so they’re more cheerful and easygoing. You may find that your Cavachon dog’s temperament is a beautiful combination of these two breeds.
Unlike other small dogs, Cavachons tend to be calm and rarely ever try to upstage their owners or other dogs. Instead, these little dogs prefer to share the attention. Cavachons are always alert with strangers so they may bark but they do not make good guard dogs. Most owners agree that Cavachons are a delightful breed that makes fantastic family pets and cuddle buddies!
Generally, the Cavachon does not need heavy amounts of exercise to be fit. Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise are moderately active breeds so it makes sense that the Cavachon is similar. Most Cavachons only need a quick walk or playtime session to get their daily dose of exercise. This breed is usually fond of outdoor trips like beach walks or visits to the dog park so be ready to go on adventures with your Cavachon pooch. Apart from physical games, your Cavachon will also enjoy puzzle games like scavenger hunts and Kong toys.
The Cavachon’s coat varies, but for the most part, they have dense, medium-length fur that becomes wavy at the tips. Typical coat colors for Cavachons include brown, white, and black. Some Cavachons also have apricot, black and white, or white and tan markings on their coat. Due to their Bichon Frise parentage, Cavachons have a non-shedding, hypoallergenic coat, which is perfect for owners with allergies. However, they do need to be regularly groomed. This includes weekly brushing and trimming as well as regular dental care. You should also make sure to clean your Cavachon’s ears and trim their nails every week.
Small dogs have a bad reputation for being stubborn with learning new commands. When it comes to the Cavachon, however, training is a cinch! Cavachons are very smart, eager-to-please, and perky—all personality traits that make them easy to train. From simple commands to new tricks, Cavachons excel at following commands and impressing you with their skills. Now, it’s important to socialize your Cavachon early. This breed is friendly but without socialization, they can become aloof with strangers, leading to bites and other unwanted behaviors. Having positive experiences in new situations can help a Cavachon learn that the world isn’t so bad a place!
Other Things to Consider
Cavachons are very flexible with living arrangements. They’re just as fine being in an apartment as they are in a regular home. They also love being outside whenever possible so you’ll need to ensure that you spend some time outdoors with them. Cavachons do not like being alone and may indulge in destructive behavior if they become bored. Their friendly nature makes it easy for them to make new friends, especially with young children. They can also tolerate loud noises so don’t be afraid to allow your children or young family members to play with your Cavachon. Just make sure that they avoid picking up your fur baby. Like other small dogs, Cavachons can be fragile and susceptible to injuries.
The Cavachon is a wonderful little dog with so much to offer to its owners. Although Cavachon is their most common breed name, these dogs are also called Cavalier-Bichon, Bichon-King Charles, and Cavashon. At PuppyBuddy, we use “Cavachon” to refer to these beautiful dogs. If you would like to add a Cavachon to your family, check out our available breeds to find your perfect match!