Cavachon

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15-20 lbs
12-13"
​United States
Bichon Frise
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavachon is a hybrid dog mixed between a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Cavachons are small dogs with soft, silky coats which have slight waves. They are usually white, apricot and white or white with black or black and tan markings and are often tricolored. They are friendly and loving dogs and make great family pets. They get on well with children and with other pets and while they do bark at strangers, they could never be regarded as watchdogs because of their size. They don’t shed a lot and are relatively easy to train responding best to positive reinforcement. They are good inside dogs and adapt well to apartment living.

Purpose
​Companion
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavachon Health

Average Size
Male Cavachon size stats
Height: 12-13 inches Weight: 16-20 lbs
Female Cavachon size stats
Height: 12-13 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Syringomyelia
Minor Concerns
  • Eye Problems
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Liver Shunts
  • Anemia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work

Cavachon Breed History

The Cavachon is a combination of a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Bichon Frise originated in the Mediterranean area. They were descended from dogs called barbets or water spaniels who were crossed with small white lap dogs. Four types of “barbichons” were created - Bolognese, Havanese, Maltaise and Teneriffe bichons, which were developed on the Canary Island of Teneriffe, and became known as Bichon Frises. It is thought they were brought there by Spanish sailors and then later Italian sailors found them and brought them home with them where they were prized by Italian nobility. The breed was included in several works by artist Francisco de Goya. The Bichon was brought to the United States in 1955 and became eligible to enter the AKC's Miscellaneous Class in 1971. The original Toy Spaniel is depicted in famous paintings of the 1600 to 1800's, 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 in particular of King Charles II who reigned over Britain in the late 1600s. In fact, this king's namesake is where this Spaniel got his name. After the King died, the Pug became the favorite companion of the nobility; however, years of breeding and refining across the globe brought the Cavalier King Charles to North America in 1952, though they were not added to the roster of the American Kennel Club until 1996. 

Cavachon Breed Appearance

Cavachons are small dogs with soft, silky coats which usually have slight waves. Individual dogs will vary to some extent depending on which parent breed is more dominant. They can be a variety of colors including white, apricot and white or white with black or black and tan markings. They are often tricolored. They don’t shed a lot so are good for people with allergies and they are relatively easy to groom. Some breeders have developed Toy Cavachons which are less than 12 inches and weigh under 10 pounds. Although small, Cavachons are sturdy dogs with cute, intelligent expressions. The skull is quite broad and rounded while the tail is curly.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cavachon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cavachon nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Cavachon coat
White
pied Cavachon coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Cavachon wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cavachon Breed Maintenance

A Cavachon does not shed a lot and the breed is regarded as hypoallergenic which is good for people who may suffer from allergies. But even though they do not shed much they will still need to be groomed fairly regularly to prevent their coats from becoming matted and dirty. Some dogs need to be trimmed occasionally. Bathing is only recommended when necessary and with a good dog shampoo to prevent skin irritation. Try to brush your pet’s teeth daily to prevent dental problems and check the nails regularly to see if they need clipping. The ears should also be checked weekly for dirt or burrs and can be wiped with damp cotton wool.

Brushes for Cavachon
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Cavachon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cavachon Temperament

Cavachons are gentle, friendly dogs who make great family pets. They have loving personalities and get on well with children. Unlike some small breeds, they are not snappy with children but it is always a good idea to monitor children to make sure they aren’t too rough. Cavachons are also good with other dogs and cats especially if socialized from an early age. They like attention and thrive on playtime. They are likely to bark at strangers but because of their size cannot be regarded as good guard dogs. They are intelligent dogs and even a first-time owner will find it easy to train them because they tend to be eager to please. The Cavachon does not need a lot of exercise but they are active dogs so daily exercise will be necessary to maintain fitness. Your pet will enjoy going for walks on the beach or a visit to the dog park but will also enjoy ball games in an enclosed yard.

Cavachon Activity Requirements

A Cavachon does not need a huge amount of exercise and a half an hour walk is usually enough. They are energetic and playful dogs so ball games will help burn off any excess energy. Because they get on very well with children, activities with both will be great for keeping your dog healthy and fit. Cavachons will enjoy playing in a fenced in yard but are happy to live in an apartment as long as they are taken out daily for exercise. They don’t tolerate the cold that well, so shouldn’t be left outside in winter or walked when temperatures are low.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes

Cavachon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.7 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Cavachon Owner Experiences

Austin
5 Months
4 People
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I love the breed and they are so smart for a dog. My dog is one of the friendliest when it comes to kids and people. Austin (my cavachon) can’t go shopping without saying hi to other people. They can grab quite attention to others. Besides their charming personalities they are great pets.
3 weeks, 2 days ago
Babs
16 Weeks
4 People
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throwing her tennis ball
I've only had Babs for two weeks - but am LOVING the experience.
1 month ago
Henry
3 Months
4 People
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He is so sweet!! He’s happy all of the time and very smart. Within three days of having him, he knew his name and knew to go outside to “go”.
1 month, 1 week ago
Casey
7 Years
2 People
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He is a joy to be around. His energy is abundant, but also loves to snuggle. He is patient, but learns how to tell us exactly what he wants- and will continue to ask for it until he gets it! Lol. He will "slap" the door if he wants to go outside. Or if he pees on the pee pad, he slaps the chair until he gets his treat. He is so funny- he seems to try to make us laugh at his antics. We are so in love with him!
2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hooch
12 Weeks
2 People
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He is hard work at times. But worth every second. He is highly intelligent,more like a teddy bear than a dog would highly recommend this breed great with children and other pets. Emma, ali and hooch
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Chloe
6 Years
5 People
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Walking
My cavachon has been the best pet i've ever had, she's sweet and loves everyone she meets.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Oliver
9 Years
4 People
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I love this breed. Oliver is so loving and sweet. I would recommend this breed to all.
4 months ago
Pablo
2 Months
4 People
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Running
Playing fetch
They’re amazing cuddlers, and will always be happy when you’re home. My cavachon is my happiness, he’s extremely playful and gets along with other dogs, he loves meeting new people.
4 months, 1 week ago
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