The Friendly, Loving, and Gentle Cavachon
The Cavachon is a crossbreed between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. This crossbreed is fairly new, and has increased in popularity over the last decade. They are attentive, athletic, and full or personality. They make loving companions and are eager to please their owners.
Cavachon At a Glance
Cavachon At a Glance
- Size: 9"-18", 12-25 lbs.
- Lifespan: 13-18 years
- Energy Level: medium
- Coat: Fluffy, thick, and often curly
- Shedding: light
- Hypoallergenic: No
- Dog Group: Toy
- Common Nicknames: Cavashon, Bichalier
Cavachon Breed Guide
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The Cavachon is a friendly, loving, gentle breed that's very good with children, making it a great choice for families. Aside from children, Cavachons are accepting of just about everyone, including strangers and other dogs. Cavachons are social butterflies, and it's rare for them to turn down the chance to meet someone new, whether human or animal. While not overly energetic, Cavachons thrive on playtime and enjoy short walks daily. These dogs are not very difficult to train due to their intelligence and willingness to please, so they are a good choice for first-time or novice dog owners. Typically, Cavachons respond best to reward-based training and positive reinforcement. All things considered, the Cavachon makes a great companion for families, couples, and one-person households alike.
Cavachons are healthy, but you should keep an eye out for conditions that are common with the parent breeds. Responsible breeders screen for conditions like Mitral Valve Disease, Heart Murmur, and Syringomyelia.
Cavachons are moderately active, but also make great snuggle buddies. In most cases, a long daily walk will be enough exercise for a Cavachon, but daily playtime sessions are also encouraged.
Despite hardly shedding, Cavachons need to be groomed regularly to look and feel their best. Regular brushings are essential to prevent matting and tangling. Some Cavachons need to be trimmed occasionally, and they should only be bathed when absolutely necessary.
Cavachons are a hypoallergenic and very light shedding breed.
Cavachons are a crossbreed between two very different breeds, so their appearance varies. Their silky fur is medium length and is a combination of white, brown, black. They shed very little, but do require grooming as their wavy coat grows out.
The Cavachon is an appealing combination of its two parent breeds: the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. It's difficult to determine exactly when the Cavachon originated, but designer breeders in North America began intentionally mixing Cavaliers and Bichons around 1996. The goal in breeding these two dogs was to combine the best traits of the Cavalier King Charles and Bichon Frise into one lovable companion dog. The result was the Cavachon, and the breed quickly became more popular and in-demand. Today, the Cavachon is recognized by the American Canine Association (ACA), the American Canine Hybrid Club (ACHC), and multiple other dog clubs for designer and hybrid breeds.