All You Need to Know About The Cavachon
Cavachons Are Sociable, Highly Intelligent and Affectionate
The Cavachon is one of the most popular hybrids bred today. An F1 Cavachon is the first generation crossbreed between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise.
One look into a Cavachon’s friendly eyes and adorable face and you can’t help but fall in love! Their playful and spirited nature steals the hearts of all who see them. Cheerful, responsive, and naturally playful, Cavachons are exceptional family pets and a pure delight to own. These beautiful dogs are extremely sociable, highly intelligent, and affectionate. They are devoted companions who love to be around people or even other dogs! Its no wonder these faithful companions are one of the most popular breed of choice!
What does a Cavachon look like?
Picture a teddy bear with a wagging tail, round, deep, dark brown eyes (that you can’t help but loose yourself in), a black button nose, silky, soft curls and a little pink tongue and that about sums up a Cavachon! Most Cavachons are on the smaller, sturdy size with weights ranging between 8-20 pounds, so whether you’re looking for an adult dog that can fit in a chic shoulder bag or a larger size, the Cavachon will compliment your every need and lifestyle.
There are NO registered colors for the Cavachon breed. They come in a range of colors, and these colors vary in degrees of one another. The coat of a Cavachon can be solid-colored, parti-colored or tri-colored. Their other coat colors are blenheim, butterscotch, ruby, black or a combination of two to three colors. With one parent being the white Bichon, often times white can pair with any one of the aforementioned colors. A Cavachon’s coat can be curly, wavy or straight. Please visit our “Colors and Pricing” page for further details.
What is the personality of a Cavachon?
Sugar, spice, and everything nice, that’s what Cavachons are made of! Many would describe the personality of the Cavachon as “happy.” They have a playful, affectionate, lovable and cheerful disposition that make them down right delightful! Cavachons are sweet-tempered dogs that love to be by your side and with their gentle and calm temperament it gives their owners a great option for them to become wonderful therapy and ambassador dogs (as we have experienced often with our dogs).
Do Cavachons Make Great Family Dogs?
Being an adaptable dog, they’ll fit in anywhere and in any family. They are excellent with children but they also do very well with elderly owners. Cavachons make a great addition to any family, be it in an apartment, condo or house! Their small size makes them portable while their sturdy body allows them to participate in sports and play with younger or older children. The good natured traits they inherit from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise makes them trustworthy around younger children.
How Much Exercise Does a Cavachon Need?
Cavachons love to romp and play outdoors or simply snuggle. They aren’t overly energetic, but they don’t sleep all day, either. Cavachons are active dogs but they do not require much exercise. They are content with a short walk or playtime each day. If you’re looking for a companion to go on hikes or a long walk, the Cavachon is the perfect crossbreed. They also enjoy going for a swim in the pool, lake, or beach – you can definitely bring them along on your family vacations, for a car ride or to the soccer field! Having a moderate energy level, the Cavachon is ideal even for less active owners as they easily adjust to your lifestyle.
Are Cavachons Easy to Train?
The Cavachon is one of the easiest breeds to train because they are so intelligent and eager to learn – characteristics they inherit from both parents. It’s important to be consistent and make each training session quick and fun. Cavachons will respond better if you praise and encourage them but try not to give too many treats as rewards. I always recommend cutting a treat in half or fourths. Find a middle ground as you train– be firm and set yourself as the alpha but don’t forget to be loving and gentle with their training. Raising your voice and being harsh with them will get you nowhere.
Start with basic commands, housebreaking, crate training and potty training (we provide our adoptive families with great information on how to continue the training that has already begun before your Cavachons by Design puppy left our home). Carry on with socialization, which will be easy to do since Cavachons love to socialize! I always recommend training classes after your puppy has been fully vaccinated. Puppy classes are not only great for your new puppy but also help to get the humans on the same page!
Is The Cavachon Excessive Barkers?
I can speak for our Cavachon puppies/dogs when I say “no” they are not excessive barkers. If you live in an apartment or close to neighbors, our Cavachons are perfect. They aren’t yappy and they don’t bark as much as other dogs, so noise shouldn’t be a problem. Despite inheriting a friendly nature from their parents, the Cavachon may still growl at strangers, but only when they sense a threat to their beloved family.
Are Cavachons Good for Allergy Sufferers?
The companionship of a dog is within the grasps of allergy sufferers when it comes to the Cavachon! It’s hypoallergenic fur make it easy to control sneeze inducing dander.
Do Cavachons Get Along With Other Dogs and Pets?
Because they are so sociable and sweet-tempered, they get along with anyone or any dog…..even cats!
Can Cavachons be Left Alone?
Yes! Cavachons are adaptable. I like to recommend leaving a radio or television on to keep them company if you’ll be gone for several hours but even that isn’t necessary.
How Do You Take Care Of a Cavachon’s Coat?
Great news! Cavachons are low-maintenance and very easy to care for! Compared to other designer dogs, they require less grooming. A trip to the groomer every 8-12 weeks (depending on the look you prefer) will keep your Cavachon looking sharp! I like to recommend the Puppy or Teddy Bear Cut. Brushings once or twice a week will keep any mats or tangles down. Bathing with a quality PH balanced shampoo should be given no more than once a week (as it can tend to strip the natural oils out of their coat) or as needed. In addition, it’s good to check their ears for debris and pests and clean them once or twice a month if needed.