The Cavachon is developed by crossing two separate breeds of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. It is a breed that is classified under the TOY category. It is an intelligent breed and is incredibly friendly, gentle and adorable. They look like sweet fluff-ball and bond very well with their masters. The AKC does not recognize the kind as it is technically a hybrid or crossbreed dog rather than a purebred.
|Color||White, black, apricot and tan or combination of the above colors|
|Lifespan||10 to 17 years|
|Weight||9 to 25 pounds|
|Size||10-20 inches (average 15 inches).|
|Hair||They have curly body hair which is dense and fluffy|
|Ears||Long hanging ears covered with hair|
|Competitive Registration||ACHC,ACHC,ACHC,ACHC, DDKC, DRA, IDCR|
History of Origin
The exact origin of the Cavachon breed is still not known as these hybrid dogs have been in existence for several years. The Cavachons might have been present for a long time. It was in the late 1990s the Gleneden kennel took the ownership of developing and naming the breed.
The Cavachon is a small dog with a silky-soft coat that is little wavy. The skull of the dog is broad and rounded while the tail is curly. Some of the dog’s appearance might differ a bit depending upon which of the parent breed’s look is more dominant. These dogs are available in a variety of colors that includes white with black, apricot and white or black and tan markings. These dogs are often found tricolored. The dog doesn’t shed that much and is appropriate for those people who have any allergies. The Toy Cavachons which is developed by some breeders are less than 12 inches in size and their weight is under 10 pounds.
The temperament or the behavior of the Cavachon dogs can be different from one another depending on the breeding. These dogs are mostly friendly and playful. They get along well with children too provided you introduce them from a very young age. They are excellent companion dogs and share a close bond with their masters. These dogs are attention seekers and like to remain active. They are alert and bark at strangers. The Cavachon are intelligent dogs and are easy to train. The Cavachon dog can be an appropriate dog for those people who are looking for an affectionate pet and a loyal sidekick.
Cavachon Puppy care
The Cavachon dog is basically a toy dog and its puppies are incredibly small. They need to be handled with care and can be taken home only when they weigh around four to five pounds. It will be ideal to give the Cavachon puppies crate of their own to provide them with a secure place to sleep.
The Cavachon is an energetic dog and needs moderate exercise on a daily basis. They are not hyperactive dogs and a little amount of walk or indoor games is enough to burn off their energy level. They are happy to live in apartment living conditions. Play games with these dogs like fetch and chasing a rolling ball. Take them on a walk for at least 30 minutes daily to meet their exercise requirement. Cold weather is a problem for them and they should not be left outside or taken for a walk when the temperature outside is low.
The Cavachons have a lot of hair but their shedding amount is quite low. Proper care of the dog’s hair must be taken to avoid it from getting matted and dirty. Their fur needs to be brushed regularly and occasionally trimmed. You should clean your dog’s fur with a soft brush to remove the loose hair and prevent it from getting tangled. Brushing the coat should be done two to three times a week at least.
During the shedding season, you should brush the dog regularly. You can gently massage your dog and while doing it, you can check for fleas. These dogs are sensitive to flea bites. Take immediate action if you notice any flea bite or skin irritation on the dog like swelling. You should also watch out for lumps under the skin. Brush their teeth on daily to prevent tooth decay or periodontal disease. You should clean the dog’s ear to restrict building up of earwax or prevent ear infection.
The Cavachon is an intelligent breed and is easy to train. They pick the obedience training quite easily without much effort. If they are trained right from the puppyhood then training them becomes easier. Give them socialization training from an early age and induce some healthy habits in them.
The Cavachons have inherited some of the health issues from its parents breed. They may suffer from health disorder like heart failure in their old or middle age. Some other health ailments can bother this breed too.
Atopic dermatitis – this is a common problem in Cavachons and its symptoms are itchiness and reddening of the skin. The areas that get more affected by this problem are lips, paws, ears and the bottom regions. This problem can be seen in puppies as young as four months of age.
Cushing’s disease - this problem is caused by the excessive level of cortisol, stress hormone flowing in the body. It is known by the name of hyperadrenocorticism also and mostly the senior dogs get affected by it. This issue causes tumors of brain’s pituitary gland or of the adrenal glands within the abdomen and may require surgery for treating it.
Cataracts – this eye related issue is majorly seen in the senior dogs. Some Cavachon puppies may be born with congenital cataracts which can affect their vision.
Patellar luxation – in this problem the subtle bone deformities in the hind limb which causes the patella or kneecap to slip out of its normal position. It causes the lameness and a skipping gait in the dog.
Portosystemic shunt – It is a functional liver failure issue that is caused by the presence of an accessory blood vessel that surpasses the usual cardiovascular route.
- No official breed standard is set for the Cavachon as this breed is a hybrid of two separate breeds.
- They prefer to stay close to their masters preferably right with them by their side.
- The Cavachons loves playing in the water.
- The Cavachons are brilliant self-entertainers and are better than most of the dogs when it comes to entertaining themselves.
Buying Healthy Cavachon Puppy from Breeders
When you go to a breeder to buy a Cavachon puppy you must ensure that there are no symptoms of any sickness in the puppy. The signs of a healthy puppy that you should check for are:
- Pink and clean gums
- Pale pink clean inner ears
- Thick and shiny clean coat
- Clean-dry tail and anal area
- Clear bright eyes
- Moist and clean nose