Cavachon Breed Information and Buying advice

Cavachon

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Quick Cavachon Facts

Average Size of Adult
Small (2/5)
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Grooming Requirement
High (3/3)
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Sociability
High (3/3)
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Exercise Requirements
High (3/3)
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Why Cavachons are great

Imagine a cute and fuzzy ball of fluff and you are close to knowing what a Cavachon puppy is all about. These adorable little furry friends are a cross between a Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They have all the great personality traits of both of these dogs. They are also as close to a truly hypoallergenic dog as you will get. This means the breed is an ideal choice for people who have allergies. All in all, Cavachons are smart and cuddly little companions. They like nothing more than forming a close bond with people and enjoy being amongst human company as much as possible. Some highlights:

  1. A Cavachon is a friendly companion.

  2. Cavachon puppies do not not need a lot of space. They never grow very big, even as they age.

  3. Cavachons are great with children.

Things to consider when looking at Cavachons for sale Some downsides to the Cavachon:

  1. Cavachons are cross breed dogs, so personality cannot be guaranteed.

  2. Because they are a cross breed, Cavachons are not recognised by the Kennel Club.

  3. Cavachon puppies and dogs can suffer from genetic health problems including heart murmurs.

History of Cavachons

Cavachons are a pretty recent addition to the dog world. They are a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise and the first litter is thought to have been born in 1996, in the United States. Cavachons were originally bred to try and capture the intelligence of the Bichon Frise and the charming personality of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The aim was to produce a dog that had both of these personality traits and was also hypoallergenic. As Cavachons are crossbreeds, they are not recognised by the Kennel Club. This means that they are not show-dogs. However, they are popular dogs with people who are looking for an affectionate companion.

Appearance

How big is the Cavachon? 

The Cavachon may have a big personality, but this cute pooch is only small. Adult Cavachons measure between 23cm and 46cm.

How heavy is a Cavachon? 

Cavachon puppies are lightweight and they do not gain much weight even as adults. An average Cavachon weighs between 7 and 11kg for males and 5 and 9kg for females.

What Colour is the Cavachon?

 There is no doubt that Cavachon puppies are a whole other level of cute. They also have attractive coats. Cavachons can have different colourings.

  • Apricot and white.

  • White with black or black and tan markings.

 

Temperament

Do Cavachons make good guard dogs?

Cavachon dogs have a lot of traits, but aggression is not one of them. They are far too friendly to be successful guard dogs. However, they will usually alert their owner if there is an intruder about.  

Do Cavachons bark a lot?

One of the best things about Cavachon puppies and dogs is that they are pretty quiet to have around. They are not big barkers, although they may growl a little at strangers. This means they are ideal as companions for people who live in flats or terraced houses as they will not disturb the neighbours.  

Are Cavachons easy to train?

Cavachons are usually very smart. This makes them easy to train. It's important to keep with the same message during training as Cavachon puppies like consistency. It's also best to start training a Cavachon puppy as soon as possible as the earlier they start to socialise and learn, the easier they are to train.  

Are Cavachons good with children?

Cavachon puppies and dogs are super friendly and gentle. This makes them ideal furry friends for children. They are more than happy to be part of a family.  

Are Cavachons good with other pets? 

Their affectionate and friendly nature means that Cavachons get along with other pets. They are unlikely to cause any trouble in a household as they are highly tolerant.  

Can I leave a Cavachon alone? 

Cavachons are cute, cuddly and exceptionally loyal. They love being friends with people and relish closeness. This is a good thing for anyone who is looking for an attentive and affectionate dog. However, the strong bonds that Cavachons make with the humans around them mean that it's difficult for these lovely little dogs to be left alone. If they are by themselves for long periods of time, they are likely to suffer from separation anxiety. Ideally, Cavachons should live in a household where there is someone at home all or most of the time.  

Health

How long do Cavachons live?  

It's important to remember that Cavachons are crossbreeds, so it can be difficult to be totally accurate about how long a specific dog will live for. However, on average, a Cavachon lives for 10 to 15 years.  

How much exercise does a Cavachon need? 

Cavachon puppies are energetic little bundles of fun, and they continue to be lively as they get older. However, they only need a moderate amount of exercise. A daily half-hour walk should be enough to burn off the energy they have and keep t hem healthy. These intelligent little canines also need to be stimulated mentally. This helps to stop them from becoming bored and unhappy.  

What are Cavachons' Common health issues?

Cavachons are energetic little souls but they do sometimes suffer from health problems. There are some issues that are most common to this breed including:

  • Heart murmurs.

  • Flea allergies.

  • Eye ulcerations.

  • Ear infections.

Owners need to look out for signs of these problems, and the ears of a Cavachon should be cleaned each week.  

Care

How much space do I need for a Cavachon?

Cavachons are compact little dogs. This means that they do not need a lot of space. It's possible to have a Cavachon as a companion while living in a flat or a small house. There is also no need for garden space, as long as exercise is provided each day.  

How much grooming do Cavachons need? 

Cavachons have a fairly thick coat but they do not shed a lot. This is why they are known as being a hypoallergenic breed. However, this does not mean that Cavachons do not need to be groomed. Due to the thickness of the coat, regular grooming is vital. If a Cavachon is not groomed sufficiently, their coat can quickly become matted and dirty. It's also a good idea for the coat of a Cavachon to be trimmed from time to tim e. With this in mind, Cavachons should be brushed two to three times each week. Professional grooming should be considered every four to eight weeks.  

Average costs

How much does it cost to keep a Cavachon?

As with any dog, Cavachons can be expensive to keep. Anyone who is looking to buy one of these dogs need to be prepared to invest enough money to make sure their companion is kept healthy, well cared for and well-fed. This means accounting for the orig inal cost of buying a Cavachon puppy. It also means setting money aside for things such as vets bills, grooming and food. As a rough guide in pricing: Cost to buy: roughly £400-£1,000  for a well-bred Cavachon puppy Other costs (Vet, Food etc): £80 per month  

Specific Buying Guide

You can read our general buying guide here (/advice-on-buying-a-puppy/), with the most important thing being going to view your Cavachon puppy, seeing it with its mother, and checking the quality of the breeder. More specifically, here is some Cavachon puppy buying advice:

  1. Ask about the history of a Cavachon puppy before buying.

  2. Make sure that at least £80 per month is available to look after a Cavachon puppy.

 

Other reading, Adopting Cavachon Puppies and Rescue Organisations

A big thank you to the following sour ces who helped to shape this article: https://dogs.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Cavachon https://www.foxglovecavachonpuppies.com/about-cavachons https://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/cavachon/ https://www.ukpets.com/dog-breeds/cavachon              

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