About the Cavachon
The Cavachon is a hybrid dog that is made up of a combination of two different purebreeds. It's a cross between the Bichon Frise and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. We've found the best method for understanding the characteristics of the Cavachon is to read both of its ancestors descriptions taking note of their temperaments, size and general look.
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Cavachon dogs are a type of mixed breed or hybrid dogs that are produced from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. These hybrid dogs have experience a surge in popularity in recent years as a designer dogs. Most hybrid dogs are produced for the specific purpose of bringing out certain characteristics of both parents. While many Cavachons that are seen today are produced as first generation dogs; which means that both parents are purebreds, it is also possible to have a second generation Cavachon, which means that both parents were Cavachons rather than purebreds. Prospective owners should keep in mind that a Cavachon cannot be considered as a purebred, even if both parents were purebreds. The general goal of breeding Cavachons is to produce a puppy that does not shed, is hypo-allergenic and has specific coloring and a specific size. (most are light shedders) The exact size of a Cavachon will depend upon the size of the dog that was used to produce the puppy. This is particularly true when it comes to height as the height of a Cavachon will largely depend upon the height of the parents and whether the dog was produced as a first generation or a second generation dog. Cavachons can be tall as well as short.
Cavachons are available in a variety of coat colors. Peach and white are among the most common colors, but other color varieties may include solid peach as well as black and tan, sable and white and tri-colored.
The friendly and loving nature of Cavachons has led to a great demand in the last few years. Cavachon dogs are known to be quite intelligent and gentle as well as having a nature that is very friendly. Their small size and playfulness makes them an ideal dog for families, especially those with children. The dog gets along well with children and is perfectly capable of putting up with quite a bit of attention and play from children. The Cavachon also seems to get along well with other dogs and pets as well.
The intelligence of Cavachon puppies makes them quite easy to train and they do tend to respond well to training when it is provided early on. The Cavachon is well known for barking when strangers come near, but should not be depended upon in order to act as a reliable watchdog.
Cavachon's size can vary depending if they are first or second generation. Most are smaller, but first generation are most likely to be a litte larger than second generation.
There is also a toy version of this breed.
Female: 12-20 pounds Male: 16-25 pounds
For the most part, Cavachon dogs are known for having good health and do not suffer from a lot of serious health problems. While a number of purebreds do tend to experience problems with structural and congenital problems, including hip dyslplasia, that is typically not the case with Cavachons. Prospective owners who are concerned about such possible problems should make sure they investigate the parentage thoroughly to be fully aware of any possible health problems. When provided with a good diet, regular checkups and exercise, the Cavachon should do quite well with few health problems at all.
However, it is important to note that Cavachons can inherit health problems that are prevalent in both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. For example, the leading cause of death in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is Mitral Valve Disease, which can lead to congestive heart failure. If the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel parent had heart problems, then it is likely its Cavachon offspring can inherit such heart problems as well. Bichon Frise, even though considered to be a healthy breed, can suffer from diseases to the immune system, including autoimmune hemolytic anemia, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, and liver shunts (which can drastically decrease their overall lifespan from 15-20 years to 4-6 years). Even though hybrid dogs, including the Cavachon, are generally healthier than purebred dogs, it is important to make sure that both of the parents are free from genetic health issues before getting a Cavachon puppy.
Prospective owners who are considering bringing home a Cavachon should understand that this dog is fairly high maintenance in terms of grooming. This dog will need to be groomed quite frequently. At a minimum, owners should expect to have this dog groomed about once every six weeks. A Cavachon will need to be bathed out once per week and will also need to have a complete brush out at least once per week as well. This dog does not shed, which can be quite beneficial to individuals who suffer from allergies and require a hypo-allergenic dog.
The ideal environment for a Cavachon will be one in which it can receive plenty of affection as well as exercise. The Cavachon will not necessarily need to live outside. Most Cavachons make excellent inside dogs and can do quite well living in a condo or an apartment, provided that they are given exercise on a regular basis in order to maintain their health and help them expel their energy. This is not a dog that should be left out to run loose on the outside unsupervised without some type of fencing in order to make sure that it does not run off. For the most part, Cavachons can adapt well to an environment but care should be taken to protect them from the cold.
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- Why is my Cavachon having problems with his hind leg ?
We have a 6mth old puppy,he started going lame in his back left leg to the point he has been unable to put weight on it. He has been on a course of medication which has helped him to the point that he bares slight weight upon it. He...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
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Does anyone have a good idea how to break my cavachon of licking her front paws?Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
Can you breed a cavachon and a cavachon? They are from different families and my daughter and her husband want one or two and my parents also want two. I was hoping to just breed my two cavachons and give all the babies away to my...Asked by Anonymous - Array answers
- Does anyone have an answer as far as keeping the stains from around the eyes of a cavachon. ...
Does anyone have an answer as far as keeping the stains from around the eyes of a cavachon. This is not happening all the time . I was told what causes this. Any help would be appreciated.Asked by Anonymous - Array answers