Cavachon - Facts & Information
The adorable Cavachon is a crossbreed between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. If you are interested in these cute hybrids, here is what you need to know about them.
12 - 13 in
15 - 35 lb
10 - 15 years
Both of these two breeds make amazing companion dogs, so we would fully expect the Cavachon to be one as well. At first glance, there is no denying that these dogs are as cute as they come; plus, it looks like they might be hypoallergenic. We prepared all the basics future Cavachon owners would like to know, so let’s check it out.
What kind of pet is the Cavachon?
Cavachon is a designer breed, which means it is a blend of two different dog breeds and was created to promote both breeds’ best characteristics. Individual temperaments can vary, but that is the case in all dogs, even pureblooded ones.
The best thing we could do is to ask Cavachon owners to describe their dogs, and their answer was interesting but somewhat expected. Most Cavachon owners said their dog’s temperament can be described as “happy” and “cheerful.” These dogs are your typical lap dogs that will love nothing more than to spend their time close to their owners.
Dog Breed Characteristics
If you love small dog breeds, here is an interesting article - Small dog breeds list.
Like all other designer breeds and crossbreeds, the exact character is a blend of their parent’s breeds characters. It is impossible to know which characteristics will be dominant before the actual dog arrives at your home and you start training them. Some Cavaliers can be described as enthusiastic barkers that will gladly inform you about anyone approaching your home. That means that a Cavachon puppy could potentially inherit that trait.
Bichon Frise is a bit more energetic than the Cavalier, and it is expected that a Cavachon puppy inherits medium-high energy levels. They are not lazy, but they are not the type of dog that will enjoy going hiking or jogging. Their favorite activity will most likely involve their owners staying home and cuddling them.
Nature vs. Nurture
The temperament of any dog can be influenced by two things - nature and nurture. That means that their behavior will be somewhat influenced by the genes they inherit but can be “modified” by training and socialization. If you invest time working with your dog, even a dog with behavioral problems can become a well-behaved dog. The only question is - How much time will you invest in your dog?
Pros of owning a Cavachon
There are many things small companion breeds offer that larger dogs cannot. Cavachon is a small companion dog that will make a great indoor family pet who will have endless supplies of love and affection towards their families. That is not all; here are the best things about owning a Cavachon.
Although there are no true hypoallergenic dog breeds, and all dogs produce some allergens, Cavachons come as close as it gets to a hypoallergenic breed. These dogs barely shed, and you can be sure they won’t leave tufts of hair all across your home.
Friendly and outgoing
Having an unfriendly dog can make your life unnecessarily difficult. Luckily, Cavachons are usually very friendly and outgoing. They will want to meet everyone they cross paths with. They think that all dogs are their friends, and humans make great cuddling partners.
Small and adaptable
Small dog breeds like the Cavachon are usually very adaptable. They don’t require too much space to move around, and they won’t need a vast ranch where they can safely spend their excess energy. They can quickly adapt to any living conditions, and they won’t be too expensive to maintain. They are relatively small, so they can’t eat too much food.
Interested in reading more about the Bichon Frise? Check out Bichon’s full breed profile.
Cons of owning a Cavachon
Like with all things in life, there are two sides of the medal, and that is the same case with owning a Cavachon. There are definitely some drawbacks to owning any dog breed, but those are the sacrifices dog owners are willing to take in exchange for their dog’s love.
Many dog breeds are prone to developing separation anxiety. It is a psychological issue where the dog does not tolerate being left alone for too long, and Cavachons seem to be prone to it. You can learn how to deal with this issue here - Separation anxiety in dogs.
The most significant advantage of well-bred pureblooded dogs is that their health is relatively known. Responsible breeders are working very hard to eradicate some genetic issues that are known to affect certain breeds. When it comes to designer dogs, their health can be impacted by both their parents’ health problems. Some issues Cavachons might have are:
Smaller pets might have advantages, but the small size can sometimes be a disadvantage. Their small size makes these dogs fragile and not the best fit for families with toddlers. Toddlers don’t understand just how fragile small dogs are and can unintentionally hurt such small dogs. However, if you don’t have children or your children are grown up, there is no need to worry.
How did the Cavachon come to life?
A little history lesson about the breed you are interested in is always a good idea. This particular crossbreed probably happened earlier “in the wild,” but the intentional crossing of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise started in 1996.
Breeders wanted to create a small companion that would inherit Cavalier’s sweet nature and energy and Bichon’s people-pleasing skills. That goal was somewhat achieved, and Cavachons are quickly gaining popularity across the globe.
How to get a Cavachon puppy?
As a general rule, you shouldn’t go for the first ad that says “Cavachon puppy for sale.” Getting in touch with a responsible breeder of a designer breed is not that easy. They are rare, and no club controls their breeding processes. However, looking into the online community and social networks might be a good start.
Asking Cavachon owners for advice and guidance is also a good idea. Make sure you find out as much information as possible and ask the breeder as many questions as possible. One of the most important things is to ask for health tests and results. Every half-decent breeder will have them, and if they cannot offer the results, it’s time to start running from them.
Cavachon puppy price
Designer breeds are often more popular than purebred ones. Some might even go for a higher price than you might expect. A Cavachon price is undoubtedly influenced by their growing popularity, so you will have to prepare for a higher price tag, especially if the parents have pedigrees and show lines.
The price of a Cavachon puppy will probably be around $800. According to some sites like nextdaypets, the price for a high-quality Cavachon puppy whose parents have show lines can range from $2.400 to $7.000.
World Dog Finder team