Cavachon

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

The Cavachon is a hybrid dog, created by mixing a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Spunky and full of fun, they are small dogs with soft, silky coats which have slight waves. They can be white, apricot, black or tan but most often are white with apricot, black, or tan markings (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: 15-20 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 American Kennel Club's Miscellaneous Class in 1971. The original Toy Spaniel 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, 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 their 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, although 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, they 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
cream Cavachon coat
Cream
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 veterinary-recommended shampoo to prevent skin irritation. Try to brush your Cavachon’s teeth daily to prevent dental problems and check their 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. They do not need a lot of exercise but they are active dogs, so daily exercise will be necessary to maintain fitness. 

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 them 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. Your pet will enjoy going for walks on the beach or for a visit to the dog park but will also enjoy ball games in an enclosed yard.

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
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Cavachon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Cavachon size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Cavachon size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Male Cavachon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Cavachon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Cavachon size stats at 18 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Female Cavachon size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 17 lbs

Cavachon Owner Experiences

Bella
3 Years
5 People
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Bella is the best dog ever, she is so sweet and playful. She lets you cuddle with her when she wants and she is never too tired to play with you. I love her so much and could never even dream of replacing her. P.S the computer won’t let me choose the option for most friendly but just know that she is so friendly and would never hurt anyone
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Rosie
4 Years
3 People
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My Cavachon is basically a human she is the best dog I have ever had so sweet, gentle, and very smart. She is very good at tricks and she loves taking walks. She is never rough and I can’t even think of a time she has gotten even close to be rough. She loves kids especially baby’s and is very protective over them. I would highly suggest a Cavachon to a family with kids.
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Luna
4 Years
2 People
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Tricks
Fetch
Luna is accommodating to strangers (not aggressive), but would rather not deal with them, so she hides instead. She loves only 1 person on this earth, and that's me. She can be independent and stubborn sometimes, which is the Bichon in her, when she's certain she knows what she wants more than I do. For example, when I call her to get out of bed in the morning, she sometimes will only look at me with her cute bedhead and not move, or in the middle of the night, if she's thirsty, she will pounce on me until I wake up. She won't walk to the kitchen by herself because she thinks I need to go with her. She's determined to complete all missions once she's been commissioned. For example, if I threw the ball for her and she did not retrieve it the last time we were outside, the next time we go out, it's her mission to find the ball and retrieve it. She did not forget. Or, there's no pulling her away from playing fetch; even when it's time to go inside, she's still ready to play more. She has this face with this big brown eyes that make it impossible to say no to when she comes to you to play.
1 month, 2 weeks ago
Kodi
10 Months
2 People
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As a first time owner we are thrilled with our cavachon. She is absolutely so friendly and easy going. She loves when people stop us to admire her.
2 months ago
Otis
6 Years
7 People
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He potty trained very fast! He’s very smart and somewhat devious. He loves the kids and is always highly emotional when they come home from school. He’s the only dog I’ve ever had who routinely gives legitimate hugs, just as people do. He nudges his head onto our shoulders and leans his body in on us.. and stays there until he’s satisfied his need to hug. Usually this happens when the kids return from school or I come back from work.. he utilizes his hugs for times when he’s truly been missing us. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced from any other dog before.. and I was raised having many dogs. The down side is that he barks at every jogger walking by or at anyone who dares knock on the door. Also, he does not like to swim, which is a bummer as we live on the ocean and enjoy going to the pond frequently in the summers.
2 months, 1 week ago
Baxter
1 Year
1 People
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I just him to death. He has such a unique personality, always loving, super friendly. Struggling with the potty training
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Bobo
18 Weeks
2 People
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So far he is the best dog I have owned. He is good with people, very social, and loves the grandkids.
5 months ago
Rory
6 Months
2 People
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Rory is very affectionate. He wets outside but has started pooping in the house. Getting neutered next week.I and I love him very much.He goes to groomer every 6 weeks.him daily and he loves the attention. He sleeps in bed with me.I am a 72 yr old female
6 months ago
Mink
8 Months
1 People
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Mink is a very good puppy. He gets along with every dog he comes in contact with. He has a sweet personality. He's patient, loving, loyal, playful & cheerful. He loves his belly rubs when laying around & loves being chased after or chasing after someone. I look forward coming home to him.
8 months, 3 weeks ago
Oso
12 Weeks
4 People
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Hugging
Playing in the gard
As a first time dog owner this breed is perfect!! They learn incredibly fast and are very eager to please! They do need brush daily as there coat can get matted! 100% recommend to a family!
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Luna
5 Months
2 People
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As a first time dog owner living in a small house with small yard, I couldn't recommend this breed more highly. A real cute, friendly, intelligent, people stopper of a dog.
10 months, 3 weeks ago
Neo
6 Months
3 People
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Neo is one of the best dogs we have ever been fortunate to own. He is pure happiness!
11 months ago
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.
12 months 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 year 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 year 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!
1 year, 1 month 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
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 3 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.
1 year, 3 months ago
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