12-15 lbs
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
West Highland White Terrier
Cava Westie

The Cavestie dog is the result of crossing a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with a West Highland White Terrier. They are affectionate and loveable dogs who are smart and friendly. The Cavestie gets on incredibly well with everybody, from small children, teenagers, adults and seniors. They even relate well to other pets including cats and just believe that everyone loves them. This dog seems to have no destructive habits, being mellow and patient in temperament. Cavestie’s can bark to get attention if you are ignoring them, just don’t let it become a habit which may be hard to break. They love to play and play hard, but they snuggle even harder. Intelligent and bright, the Cavestie can be taught tricks, but you may need patience with them and reward with attention and treats as they can get distracted easily. All in all, they are a gentle, playful dog full of affection, loyal and will warn you if strangers are about with a bark or three.

Companion Dog
Date of Origin
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and West Highland White Terrier

Cavestie Health

Average Size
Male Cavestie size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 14-20 lbs
Female Cavestie size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 12-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Syringomyelia
  • Chronic Hernias
Minor Concerns
  • Cherry Eye
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Ear Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Ocular Tests
  • MRI scan of the spinal cord and brain
  • Contrast Studies

Cavestie Breed History

Often when we look for the history of the new hybrid breeds of dogs, it is hard to find anything substantial to allow us to understand our Cavestie. At times like these, considering the parent dog’s history is the next best thing. The West Highland White Terrier was originally bred for controlling the population of rats, fox, badger, otter and other vermin. These dogs originated from Poltalloch in Scotland and bore the name of the Poltalloch Terrier. Later it was changed to the Roseneath Terrier named after the Duke of Argyll’s estate. The breed began in the mid-19th century when a Scottish breeder of the Cairn Terrier had some white puppies in his litters. Those pups were used to bred to obtain the West Highland White Terrier which is really a white Cairn. In 1906, the Westie as it is affectionately known, was shown in the United States of America. In 1908, it was first recognised as a breed by the American Kennel Club and in 1909 the name was formally changed to the West Highland White Terrier. Looking to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, they were a favorite with the royal family and King Charles ll. The Cavalier is a descendant of the King Charles Spaniel which has the flatter nose and protruding eyes due to having been bred with the Pug dog back in the late 1600s. It was in the 1920s when an American name Roswell Eldridge became interested in reinventing the original Spaniel that was featured with King Charles ll in the famous Van Dyck’s paintings of the King with his dogs. Eldridge search for anyone who had one of the long muzzle King Charles Spaniels and even offered prize money at the Crufts Dog Show in London for anyone who had one such dog. A lady by the name of Miss Mostyn Walker won the prize but Eldridge had sadly died a month earlier. However, other breeders saw his vision and thanks to them the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that we know today originated in the late 1920s. The Cavalier is the true heir of the royal Spaniels of King Charles ll. In the 1940s these dogs were acknowledged and classified as a breed of their own and given the prefix Cavalier to differentiate them from the King Charles Spaniel. With such a vibrant mixed history, it is no wonder that the Cavestie carries himself regally and with an air of importance.

Cavestie Breed Appearance

The Cavestie is a small sturdy dog with a head that is in proportion to the body. The head is slightly rounded and has a blunt, slightly short muzzle that tapers a little and has a medium stop. The nose is black and it has wide nostrils. Cavestie’s have very appealing large round eyes that are very expressive. Their eyebrows are often shaggy like the Westies. The teeth meet in a scissor like bite. The legs are short but sturdy, and their tail is relatively long and can be fluffy. The coat is straight or slightly wavy and is often silky to the touch. The colors vary depending on the influence of the Cavaliers genes and ranges from black and white, to browns to pure white, with or without patches of color.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Cavestie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Cavestie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Cavestie coat
brown Cavestie coat
white Cavestie coat
brindle Cavestie coat
cream Cavestie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Cavestie straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Cavestie Breed Maintenance

The Cavestie inherits the coat characteristics from the parent breeds so the coat can vary depending on the dominant genes. It is often dense in nature so the hair requires regular brushing with a stiff bristle brush. If your dog has a lot of white, it may require more frequent bathing to keep it that way. Make sure you use a special mild dog shampoo to avoid skin allergies. If your Cavestie has long hair or feathering, be sure to brush these areas to avoid any matting of the hair. A dry shampoo can be a great way for a quick refresh for your dog. Clean inside the ears regularly, often they will only need a gentle wiping with a damp cloth. Check the eyes for any signs of infection or irritation, and ensure you keep your dog’s teeth clean with brushing regularly. If you start these practices while your dog is just a puppy, it will come to view grooming as a special time where they get your undivided attention and love. Finish off with a nail clipping if needed.

Brushes for Cavestie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency
Cavestie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Cavestie Temperament

The Cavestie is incredibly friendly and a very intelligent dog who loves people and other dogs and will play for ages if you have the stamina. They can be trained to learn new tricks in a matter of days, as they are so eager to please. While they are very active around the home, they are just as keen to snuggle up with you and soak up all the attention you can give. Loyalty and devotion are very much part of their temperament. Cavestie dogs make great household pets as they have no destructive habits. They are ideal in apartments although they do love the sound of their own voice and can bark for attention if you are ignoring them. Training can reduce this behavior if you begin when they are young to let them know that one bark (or two) is enough. They enjoy playing with children although they do need supervision with very young children as the dog is so small it can be hurt unintentionally in play. But these tough, resourceful little dogs with their beguiling eyes and loving soul makes the Cavastie a great family pet and lifelong friend.

Cavestie Activity Requirements

The Cavestie is an active little dog but can get most of his exercise needs just by playing with the family or other pets. But they do need a daily walk just to keep them fit but even more important, it will help to socialise them with other people and dogs. They will enjoy an outing and will race you to the door the minute they know its walk time! The Cavestie can make do without a yard to play in but they do need the walk and play time to make up for it. If you have a yard, ensure it is well fenced to ensure your Cavestie doesn’t get hurt or stolen by other people who will love him on sight. These dogs do well in towns or the country, they are very adaptable. Hot weather may slow your Cavestie down so ensure there is a shaded cool part of the house in summer for them to escape to.

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

Cavestie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Cavestie Owner Experiences

4 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Amazing beautiful friendly dog who I could not live without
1 month ago
5 Months
1 People
Paisley is extremely friendly, loves everyone especially my grand children and other dogs and even cats! Her tail is always wagging. She loves playing! She has bonded with my other dog, a 7 yr old Cavalier. She can not be trusted off leash unless in a fensed area as she will chase birds, squirrels, rabbits! Hates baths!
1 month, 2 weeks ago
15 Months
3 People
House & Yard
Absolutely love this breed. The breeder really paid attention to breeding them. Which means no inner breeding.
4 months, 1 week ago
8 Months
2 People
very smart and enjoys being social
5 months, 1 week ago
3 Months
2 People
He's an affectionate dog and full of fun.
7 months ago
Book me a walkiee?
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