Height: 9-15 in
Weight: 8-28 lbs
Life Span: 12-15 yrs
Coloring: Any coloring found in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise: White, bi- and tri-color shades of white/black/brown/red/apricot
Area of Origin: United States
Similar Breeds: Bichon Poo, CavaPoo, Bichomo, Bichon-a-Ranian, CavaMalt, CavaMo, CavaTzu; any mix breed with either Bichon Frise or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
History and Origin:
The Cavachon is a designer dog breed, the result of crossing the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the Bichon Frise. An accidental union in 1996 between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel show dog and a Bichon Frise resulted in the first Cavachon puppies that were recognized for their teddy-bear appearances and lovable natures. As the interest in hybrid breeds such as the Cavachon has increased into the early 2000s, this delightful little dog has gained in popularity and is among the most beloved of the new cross breeds.
Personality and Temperament:
While the temperament of mix-breed dogs can vary greatly depending on the personalities of the parents, the Cavachon is generally a happy, friendly, and calm dog. It is intelligent and exceptionally social, however it is also very good at playing solo; the Cavachon is suitable for an older owner who may not always be able to take it for a long walk. It is comfortable living in an apartment, and is the ideal lapdog, as both the Cavalier and the Bichon were bred for companionship. Its positive personality makes it a fantastic dog for the nervous or first time owner.
Exercise & Training:
While the Cavachon loves to walk and play, as a non-sporting mix-breed it is not as demanding as a breed with working-dog history. Still, it does require some exercise and should be taking out for a walk or run at least once a day. The Cavachon is easily motivated by rewards and loves to please it’s owners, making it very easy to train.
Typically, the Cavachons coat is thick, fluffy, and curly. Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise have long coats that require maintenance; the Cavachon will also need to be brushed regularly and professionally groomed to maintain a manageable fur length. At the very least a new owner should expect to have to groom about every 5-6 weeks. Due to its Bichon ancestry, the Cavachon sheds very little (if at all) and is often suitable for an owner who suffers from allergies.
The Cavachon will be similar to any mix-breed dogs with Cavalier or Bichon blood. Personality and appearance-wise, the Cavachon closely resembles both the BichonPoo and the CavaPoo, as most hybrid dogs tend to adopt the positive, rather than the negative, qualities of the parent breeds.
Interesting Facts about the Cavachon:
1. Some Cavachons loves to take its toys wherever it goes it will even carry its favorite stuffed animal on a walk!
2. The Cavachon is often thought to be one of the most beautiful puppies in the world, having the big, beautiful eyes of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the silky smooth coat of the Bichon Frise.
3. As a mixed breed, the Cavachon cannot be registered with clubs such as the American, Canadian, or United Kingdom Kennel Clubs. However, hybrid-breed clubs have been developing in recent years (such as the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, International Designer Dog Registry), and the Cavachon is a recognized hybrid in these association.