Cavachon

Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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Overview
The Cavachon is created by crossing two breeds: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise. They are typically referred to as "designer dogs". They have become popular companions, especially to allergy sufferers.

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Character
Small to medium in sie, the Cavachon possesses large expressive eyes and a sporty appearance. They are alert, sturdy, animated, and lively.

Does your Cavachon bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
The Cavachon is affectionate, loving, and gentle. They are very family oriented and do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. They do best with older, considerate children or with children they have been with from puppyhood. Cavachon's will generally get along with dogs, cats, and other household pets. The Cavachon is non-aggressive but will alert their family to visitors and out of the ordinary sounds.
Care
Depending on coat type, the Cavachon requires regular brushing or professional clipping. It is important to regularly check and clean the ears. Dental hygiene is important to prevent early tooth loss. Cavachon's may be prone to such health issues as ear infections, skin problems, sensitivity to flea bites, heart problems, and hip dysplasia.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The coat of the Cavachon may be silky and slightly wavy or loosely curled.
Training
Early socialization and obedience are recommended. The Cavachon may be difficult to housetrain. The crate method is recommended. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Cavachon puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The Cavachon is relatively active indoors. They are well suited for apartment living. They enjoy family activities, securely leashed walks, and off-lead play time in a securely fenced yard. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
10-20 lbs
Height
12-16 inches
Color(s)
Black and white, red and white, sable and white; may also be solid or tri-color

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Cavachon Questions

We have a new cavachon puppy and want to get a crate for him. The small crate says for up to 20 lbs. We were told he will be 18-20 lbs. Should we get the next size up, which is for 20-50 lbs, in case he grows over 20 lbs, or get the small one?

Answer:
A crate should be big enough for the dog to stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably in. He should be just fine for the 20lb crate. But if you want to get him the larger one, they will come with a divider; use it to make sure the crate is never too big for him; so he does not go back on his house training.

Will a Cavachon pup be stressed when left home alone?

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We have one and set up a camera. He tends to just laze around for most of the day but seems to take a good half hour or so beforehand leaving the front door area. They are very loving caring dogs who crave close affection

When do Cavachons lose baby teeth then stop chewing?

Answer:
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/Bichon Frise cross or Cavachon will lose its puppy teeth around 6 - 8 months old. Chewing is a habit that puppies pick up during the time that they lose their teeth because it feels good on their sore gums. Only allowing your puppy to chew on appropriate things and keeping other items away from your pup will stop him/her from chewing on things you don't want her/him to chew on.

Do Cavachons shed? Are they hypoallergenic?

Answer:
The Bichon Frise is considered hypoallergenic and does not shed. However, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not hypoallergenic and the breed does shed. They are a 3.5/5 on the shedding scale. When mixing breeds of dogs, new owners must be aware that some puppies from the same litter can take after the dam while others can take more after the sire; and then some can be split right down the middle. So it will be a gamble as to whether or not this mix will be considered hypoallergenic and whether it will or will not shed; as it depends on the pup and who they take after more. Some pups can be considered hypoallergenic because they have the Bichon Frise fur, but still shed a lot like the C.K.C.S.

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Morning! I have to "TOTALLY" disagree with the answer above...There is no way that you could be a Breeder of the Cavachon mix?? We have raised this AWESOME care free mix for 8+ yrs now...And have not "ONE" complaint from shedding period...They are in our home constantly, and we never have to vacuum after a litter of 6 has played for a couple of hours...If you have a Cavachon that sheds, I am doubting the quality of the parents?? Or I am doubting that you actually are breeding with both breeds?? I normally don't get into discussions, but with 8+ yrs in this awesome mix, I think WE should know! WE have homed 1 in a home where they could NOT have a dog for allergies...They were blown away that they live very comfortably with it!! WE found this very amazing as well, and SO happy for them!! Breeders don't care much for a successful Breeder 90% of the time??? We always wish anyone the best because that is all you can ever receive from us :) Thanks

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