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 parent 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. 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. As for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent's history, 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. The Cavachon is an appealing combination of the two parents.

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, even Cavachon puppies are sturdy dogs with cute, intelligent expressions. The skull of this canine 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 furry companion's teeth daily to prevent dental problems. Check their nails regularly to see if they need clipping and to make sure there are no tears or breaks. The ears should also be checked weekly for dirt or burrs and can be wiped with damp cotton wool.

Brushes for Cavachon
Pin Brush
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Brushing Frequency
Cavachon requires weekly brushing
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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. Cavachon puppies are tiny and should not be handled by young children. Amicable and fun-loving, they 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 walks 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 typically game for more, so on a pleasant day, don't hesitate to take a longer trek. 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. A feisty canine, they 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 interactive 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: 7.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Cavachon size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Cavachon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs
Female Cavachon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Cavachon size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
Female Cavachon size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs

Cavachon Owner Experiences

Prince
5 Months
1 People
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Well at this point we trying to paper train, and it is proving to be very frustrating for me and leaving me tired and worn out. Just when I think he is doing well with wetting he takes steps backwards. Now bile Movements, no progress at all, he will not do on pads but right next to it on the floor.
18 hours ago
Teddy
1 Year
3 People
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This pup was abandoned by his owners. They moved and left him behind. He was so traumatized it took 4 full days for us to finally capture him. He was so unmaintained that his front and back feet were knotted together. :'( He took to my pups right away but took him a few days to finally trust us (humans). Now, he is obsessed with being anywhere we are. We've had him for just over two weeks now and still haven't heard him bark but he's spunky and loves attention! Not a lap dog though. He'll stay as long as he's being petted then off he goes. Super easy to train! I cannot believe anyone could leave this pup behind. We are so very blessed!
1 month ago
Coco & Andy
2 Years
2 People
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We have two cavachons and we love them! They are extremely friendly and affectionate. They love going for walks, but are fine just playing around the house with each other if it's rainy/too cold etc. They were a little hard to potty train and can be barky. I would recommend having a companion dog if you have a cavachon, they don't like to be alone too long. They need regular brushing, but only one of our dogs needs to have his hair cut by a groomer. Overall they are wonderful dogs if you're looking for an loving lap dog and a companion for walks in the park.
1 month, 4 weeks ago
Hazel
2 Months
4 People
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My cavachon learned how to play fetch and tug of war very quickly. Hazel began to respond to her name within 24 hours of getting her. She's super affectionate and will cuddle with anyone. She has made the house so much better and we love our cavachon.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
Pogo
8 Months
2 People
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He is very friendly with everyone and love to go for walks. He is more human than a dog and don’t like sleeping alone, he prefers to sleep in the bed with my partner and I. He loves eating and can keep eating. He is more of our son than a dog and no one could ever replace him.
3 months, 2 weeks ago
Kennedy
Three Years
3 People
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He’s a good boy he knows a lot of tricks
4 months ago
Pippa Breke Miller
11 Months
9+ People
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She’s lively, loving, snuggly, and likes everyone. But has a few favorites. She is a soft fluffy fur ball. She is a picky eater and resist brushing even though it feels so good. We love are little cavichon!
4 months, 1 week ago
Simba
9 Weeks
2 People
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Simba is very loving, he likes to snuggle under blankets on the sofa or lies on my feet. He loves to please, enjoys his food and has been so easy to toilet train. He's only been with us 10 days but already responds to sit and come, for a treat of course!
4 months, 1 week ago
Pennylane
9 Years
4 People
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The best dogs ever. So loving and sweet, calm when needed but will run with you without any hesitation
4 months, 3 weeks ago
Isla rose
3 Years
3 People
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Isla rose is a lovely and perfect little dog friend, she is very kind and loves cuddles with her 3 owners and some outdoor friends, meanwhile she doesn’t like strangers especially the post man, she barks like crazy! She sometimes enjoys showers whilst sulking afterwards, and she then goes crazy for half hour running from room to room .
5 months, 3 weeks ago
Sheldon
8 Years
4 People
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Sheldon is a lovable pet that has a lot of personality. constantly seeks activity and stimulation. Has a tendency to go after larger dogs and has had a few encounters with them that have not gone well. He greats us when we arrive home with the same boundless enthusiasm every time! Very smart and loves to chase squirrels and such. Very serious about marking his territory.
6 months ago
Jamie Quinn
4 Months
1 People
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Mine is almost all tan with straight hair and Dumbo ears.
7 months, 1 week ago
Daisy-Belle
10 Months
1 People
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Daisy is my first. I got a "wild" one - she can be very excitable around her sister (Bichon) who is an older dog. I worried that Daisy was too rough, until I observed that she was more "bark" than "bite". Daisy brought my lethargic Bichon back to life, which was my #1 goal.
7 months, 1 week ago
Calli
18 Months
2 People
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She's like our nw child. We really love her and she owns us.
7 months, 2 weeks ago
Charlie
12 Weeks
3 People
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Beautiful dog. Very photogenic.
7 months, 3 weeks ago
Michigan
13 Years
4 People
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Michigan was our first Cavachon. She hooked us on the breed and we have since adopted two more! Hawk is 12 months and our new female puppy is only 10 weeks. We just got her, so she doesn’t have a name yet! Our cavachons have been easy to train and great with our kids and visitors. They go for regular grooming- every 7-8 weeks which can be costly. They love to go for walks and are very affectionate. A perfect day is a nice long walk followed by some snuggle time with the family on the couch.
8 months ago
Jax
1 Year
3 People
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First time owner. It's the best. He brought me out of my depression, because he always want to be on the go. Loves his car rides and playing with his human brother n sister. Loves all the attention he gets and is very smart that he remembers our routes.
8 months ago
Ginger
4 Years
1 People
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she is overweight and i dontknow how to make it stop she lOVES to eat
11 months, 2 weeks ago
Serenity Rhea
2 Years
3 People
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I love this breed of dog. Serenity is very loving and loyal. She is most happy when she is near us. Serenity is very smart, easily trained and loves to please us. Serenity has a "Brother" who is 5 times her size but make no mistake, she fears no one! Serenity also has a "sister" who is a cat, they also get along well. I have a 13 year old daughter that Serenity adores. They play together often. Serenity can jump very high and has an extreme amount of energy. She is happy running circles in the yard, playing with toys and being around her family.
11 months, 4 weeks ago
Max
4 Years
2 People
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Most loving, does not like people walking by so he barks. If they come up to him he will back up and stand by ne
1 year ago
Toby
4 Years
2 People
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They are Barker's but such nice loving little fella
1 year ago
Rusty
12 Months
6 People
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Our cavachon loves everyone! He is so friendly to other people, dogs, and cats. He is loving to our family and was fairly easy to train with the exception of potty training. Potty training was difficult. He does bark when someone new comes to the door or when he hears another neighbor dog barking, but otherwise is quiet. He loves chewing, but we were able to train him to mostly just chew his chew toys. We have four kids who just love him to death and he loves them right back. I'm never worried about a baby loving on him, he is very good tempered around kids and babies. He has been a wonderful addition to our family.
1 year ago
Bentley
5 Years
1 People
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Bentley is a rescue from a rescue in TN. He was turned by a breeder. He had not been trained and was a Mattie mess! I have a feeling he was used as a stud. He is an adorable dog, however, he is larger the the stated size of Cavachons. He has the body of a Cavalier and weighs 32lbs.
1 year, 2 months ago
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
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 3 months ago
Luna
4 Years
2 People
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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 year, 5 months 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.
1 year, 5 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.
1 year, 5 months 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
1 year, 6 months 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.
1 year, 8 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
1 year, 9 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.
1 year, 12 months ago
Oso
12 Weeks
4 People
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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!
2 years, 1 month 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.
2 years, 2 months 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!
2 years, 2 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.
2 years, 3 months ago
Babs
16 Weeks
4 People
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I've only had Babs for two weeks - but am LOVING the experience.
2 years, 3 months 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”.
2 years, 3 months 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 years, 5 months 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
2 years, 5 months ago
Chloe
6 Years
5 People
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My cavachon has been the best pet i've ever had, she's sweet and loves everyone she meets.
2 years, 6 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.
2 years, 6 months ago
Pablo
2 Months
4 People
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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.
2 years, 6 months ago
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