Cavachon

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In my own words

 

Hey what are you doing? It looks like fun, can I join in? I love being part of the family, I hate being left out! You see, my breed is a companion dog and I love nothing more than being your best friend keeping you company all the time. I love cuddles and play time and walkies and even more cuddles...!

Did you know that my kind is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles and a Bichon Frise and we’re a really new breed. Isn’t that cool! I have the best parts of both breeds in me to make me super cute, friendly and playful. Isn’t that great? And since I’m so cuddly with my fluffy coat, it’s a good job I love lots of cuddles, don’t you think?

 

My ideal owner(s)

 

Singles

Families

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What they say about me

 

Sociable

Loving

Family-orientated

Affectionate and gentle

Please read on, to find out more about me, and whether I will be someone you can be happy with for the next 12 years, or even longer!

 

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Information essential about the Cavachon

 

Kennel Club Group:

Crossbreeds are not recognised by the KC

 

Size:

Small: Weight 12 – 18 lb (5.4 – 8.2 kg)

Height 12 – 16” (30.5 – 40.6 cm)

 

Popularity:

 

Despite it being a new breed, the Cavachon has seen a surge in popularity in recent years.

 

Breed History:

 

The Cavachon is is cross-breed between the Cavalier King Charles and the Bichon Frise and is a very new hybrid breed which is not currently recognised by the AKC. They originated in the US with the first being bred in 1996. Due to it being a relatively new breed, proper breed standards are still being established but the Cavachon brings out the best qualities from a Cavalier King Charles like its sweet, gentle nature while adding a bouncy, playful attitude like that of a Bichon Frise. With these traits, good health and a powder puff coat, the Cavachon makes a great companion dog.

They are typically referred to as ‘designer dogs’ and due to their low to non-shedding, are very popular with allergy sufferers.

 

Character:

The Cavachon has a friendly and loving nature which has made it a popular companion dog in recent years. They are intelligentand gentle while being very friendly and sociable. They have expressive eyes and a sporty appearance. Picking up on traits from the Bichon Frise, the Cavachon is lively, bouncy and playful

Temperament:

 

This breed is very affectionate and family orientated and as such, they do not do well if left along for long periods of time. They are not aggressive but are lively and alert. While they should not be depended on as a watchdog, they will alert the family by barking to the presence of visitors or strangers.They are happy to play with children and love the attention and get on well with other household pets they have been brought up with.

 

Conformation:

 

As this new breed is not fully recognised by the AKC and the breed is still developing, there is not a set breed standard yet but the Cavachon should be a good blending of the features of a Cavalier King Charles and Bichon Frise.

 

Coat:

The coat is fluffy, thick and curly. The undercoat is dense and soft while the outer coat is silky and soft. Despite their powder puff coat they are low to non-shedding.

 

Colour:

The coat can be a wide range of colours with peach and white being most common. Other colours may include solid peach, black and tan, red, sable and white and tri-coloured. They can also have patches on the face as with the Cavalier and spotting can be common

Training:

 

The Cavachon is an intelligent breed which is eager to please and quick to learn. Early socialisation and obedience training are recommended but training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience and consistency. Crate training is the recommended method for training this breed and they may be difficult to housetrain.

 

Care:

 

The Cavachon requires regular grooming or professional clipping to keep its long coat looking neat. While this breed is a low to non-shedder, grooming and regular bathing is required to keep the coat in good condition. It is important to regularly check and clean the ears as well as keeping an eye on their dental hygiene to prevent tooth loss. The Cavachon can be prone to tear-staining on the face so it is important to keep the face clean. This breed is a light and sporadic eater which benefits from two small meals a day. Care should be taken to protect this breed from the cold.

 

Health:

 

The lifespan of a healthy individual is up to 12 years, which is normal for a dog of this size. If you buy from a reputable, responsible breeder, health problems should not occur. The Cavachon is a relatively healthy breed with few known ailments but some can suffer from excessive tearing which may affect their vision and they might need to have their tear ducts flushed out periodically by a vet. This breed can inherit health problems prevalent in both the Cavalier King Charles and Bichon Frise. While the Cavachon is healthier than its purebred parents, ensure that both parents are free from genetic health issues before getting a Cavachon as these health problems can be passed onto the puppy. They can be prone to ear infections, skin problems, sensitivity to flea bites, heart problems and hip dysplasis.

 

Exercise:

This breed is relatively active indoors but is well suited to both apartment and country living. The Cavachon enjoys play time off the lead in a securely fenced yard along with walks and taking part in family activities. This breed will do well in an apartment provided they are given sufficient exercise on a regular basis. This breed needs care taken to protect them from the cold so living outside is not recommended. The Cavachon likes a lot of exercise and play but is quite able to entertain themselves provided they can be part of family activities as they are very sociable.

 

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The following grid gives a fast track review which covers all breeds. You can apply it to help you decide if a Cavachon is suitable for you, the environment where you live, your personality and your lifestyle. On the grid, 1= strongly disagree, and 5= strongly agree. For example, if you are looking for a dog that likes to go for walks, look down the list under Activities, and you will see that Cavachon love running and walking, scoring 5. If you want a friendly companion, look down at Behaviour, and you will see that Cavachons are friendly with strangers, and score 5. You might like to save or print off this section and keep it for reference while you check some other breeds before making your final choice.

 

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Noahs Breed Rating | Community Breed Rating

Activities
Good jogging companion5/5
Good walking companion5/5
Likes water/swimming3/5
Likes learning new tricks3/5
Likes to hunt3/5
Likes to fetch3/5
Good gundog/retriever3/5
Behaviour
Barks a lot4/5
Gets easily jealous1/5
Protective2/5
Aggressive1/5
Timid3/5
Friendly with strangers5/5
Cost
Expensive to insure1/5
Expensive to feed1/5
Environment
Happy to sleep outside1/5
Prefers countryside5/5
Suits urban environment5/5
Prefers temperate climate5/5
Prefers hot climate4/5
Prefers cold climate3/5
Grooming
Moults a lot1/5
Hypoallergenic5/5
Requires lots of grooming5/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly5/5
Ideal for singles5/5
Ideal for couples with no children5/5
Ideal for family with children5/5
Good watch dog2/5
Good guard dog1/5
Sociability
Good with other pets5/5
Good with other dogs5/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs2/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs3/5
Requires lots of exercise5/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners5/5
Good for experienced owners5/5
Good recall5/5
Easy to train5/5
Activities
Good jogging companion4/5
Good walking companion4/5
Likes water/swimming2/5
Likes learning new tricks4/5
Likes to hunt3/5
Likes to fetch4/5
Good gundog/retriever1/5
Behaviour
Barks a lot3/5
Gets easily jealous3/5
Protective3/5
Aggressive2/5
Timid1/5
Friendly with strangers4/5
Cost
Expensive to insure2/5
Expensive to feed2/5
Environment
Happy to sleep outside2/5
Prefers countryside4/5
Suits urban environment3/5
Prefers temperate climate4/5
Prefers hot climate2/5
Prefers cold climate3/5
Grooming
Moults a lot2/5
Hypoallergenic2/5
Requires lots of grooming3/5
Role and Suitability
Ideal for elderly4/5
Ideal for singles4/5
Ideal for couples with no children5/5
Ideal for family with children4/5
Good watch dog3/5
Good guard dog3/5
Sociability
Good with other pets5/5
Good with other dogs5/5
Time and Energy
Happy being left alone for 4hrs4/5
Happy being left alone for 2hrs5/5
Requires lots of exercise4/5
Training and Obedience
Good for first time owners4/5
Good for experienced owners4/5
Good recall4/5
Easy to train4/5

*PLEASE NOTE: All our breed profiles are general, and all dogs are individuals. Always talk to the breeders and meet the owners you are buying from. Try to meet the dog and its parents if it is a puppy in their home environment.

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