cavachon-dog-breed-info

While every dog is unique, dogs of the same breed often share many characteristics.  It is obvious that dogs of the same breed have many physical characteristics in common, but they will often share some personality characteristics as well.  The following Cavachon breed info will give you some important information about the various characteristics of this particular breed.

For starters, the Cavachon breed is a mix between a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles.  Obviously, the Cavachon will share characteristics that are common in both of these breeds.

Size: The Cavachon is a small dog, typically weighing somewhere between 12 and 18 pounds.  However, it is more common for a Cavachon to weigh somewhere on the higher end of that range, typically 15 to 18 pounds.

Fur: A Cavachon’s coat is very fluffy, thick, and often rather curly.  Regular grooming is a must for the Cavachon due to the long length that their fur can reach, which can become as long as 3 to 5 inches.  However, despite the Cavachon having longer and thicker hair than other dog breeds, they shed very little.  The coloration of their fur can vary, but is most commonly various shades of white or brown.  Spotting is very common in this dog breed.

Personality: The Cavachon is an active breed, often wanting to exercise and play.  However, they are better than most breeds at entertaining themselves, which can ease some of the burden off of a less than active owner.  The Cavachon is a very social dog breed as well, which would prefer to be in the company of other dogs or people rather than finding a spot where they can be alone.  The Cavachon displays a great mix of activity and contentment, always looking to find a nice soft lap to rest in after some play-time!

Eating Habits: The Cavachon is a rather light and sporadic eater.  They will be content with two small meals of quality dog food a day.

Training: The Cavachon is a very smart breed, able to quickly pick up on many tricks and follow obedience training very well.

336 Responses to “Cavachon Breed Info”

  • Jan says:

    My cavachon is around 7 months old. She needs cutting but don’t want to lose her smooth curly coat. I have spoken to ab groomer who said it was wiser to have her cut short otherwise she will be matted. I would rather not have her shaved in case her fur goes coarse. Any suggestions or is the groomer right?

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  • Emma says:

    Has any one tried Natural balance dog food? I feed my cavachon that food she loves it and is a healthy dog hope this helps!

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  • Emma says:

    prices range from about 850-3,000 3,000 being a flawless coat

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  • emma says:

    My cavachon is called Bailey she is very playful and always brings a smile yo mind and the kids face but she always tends to get these big lumps of hair on her could u please tell me how to get rid of them besides cutting them out

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    Emma Replied:

    Those big lumps of hair are called matts you can try to brush them out or bathe them I have a cavachon puppy who gets matts once In a while but I have heated if you brush your cavachon every Day then your dog will most likely not get matts!
    Hope this helps!

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  • German garcia says:

    Can someone tell me how much is a cabochon because I bought one for $2,000

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    Kathleen Farrell Replied:

    I recently bought a cavachon for 850.00.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    300 euros in Ireland.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I paid $300 for my Cavachon

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I paid $700

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    Martha Replied:

    Paid $1500 in South Carolina last year. Good breeding records, parents on site, all appropriate orthopedic and genetic testing done. Worth every penny…he’s the love of my life!

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    Emma Replied:

    Mine was 2,500 dollars I think but she is SOOOO worth it! I love her so much I do not know what I would do without her!

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  • KD says:

    I have a ten month old Cavachon and she is a wild puppy. When she is out of the crate for an hour or for the entire day all she does is want to play. She’s taught herself fetch, she has stuffed animals, etc. She goes non stop until I put her back in the crate. As a result of her playing so hard, she’s always panting, tongue out. First, I wondered if all puppies are like this. I’ve never seen her lay in her bed for a nap. Second, should I worry about her panting all the time. I think it’s a result of her non stop running through the house.

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    Steve Replied:

    This is very normal dont worry!

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    Laney Replied:

    Our Charlie 3 months old does the same thing!
    No worries.

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  • Anonymous says:

    I feed Mo mostly meat with some veggies and fruit. He let’s me know what and how much he will eat. He is a light eater and does well on two small meals a day. I also have blue wilderness bison dry kibble available if he feels he needs more

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  • MichieK says:

    I feed my dog a half portion of dry food in the morning before I go to work and a half tin of wet food about 2 1/2 hours before bed. Sometimes he eats like he’s starving, others he nibbles just a bit. I just feed him in a Tupperware so I can put it in the fridge if he doesn’t eat it. I feed him a brand called Merrick (grain free) and he loves it! I have noticed that he doesn’t eat as much when it’s hot outside, but hey, neither do I.

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  • Jameice says:

    I have a 1yr old cavachon named coco and she doesn’t like dog food she always want table food. How can i get her to eat regular dog food?

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    Laney Replied:

    Though we give Charlie kibble, we frequently mix in a few tasty treats (cut up small) like fruits, ground meat. He also likes rice (steamed). We mix it in his food sometimes and he loves it, especially after a little tummy trouble.

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  • April says:

    Hey my cavachon fifi final is 9 months old .Her mother a king Charles. Her father bichon how often do they come in to season and how long will it last

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  • Anonymous says:

    Us too, our 16 month old will not come back to me when called

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  • Bemused says:

    In an attempt to advice and clear confusion that has been created;
    “Cavachon” being a crossbreed and not a recognized breed will not have a set standard for height, weight and conformation so your estimate will go on the parents genetics. Temperament will also vary very much as the breed again does not have a set, recognized standard so puppies are created by any of the two breed, often, with varied/ questionable temperaments.
    As for the “Eating Habits”, dogs are individuals, some are very food oriented, some are not. It is not breed specific. Also how much a person should feed their dog and how often will be dictated by that dog (On a raw/ homemade diet dogs should consume 2% of their body weight. The total amount should then be split into 80% muscle meat 10% organ and 10% bone. This is the basic outline for each individual dog. Adjustments can be made to suit the dogs lifestyle and exercise regime, for example a pet Labrador may be fed on 2% successfully whereas a working gun dog Labrador may need more).
    Quoting your statement “Cavachon is a very social dog breed”;
    Cavachon is not a breed. It is a crossbreed. Dogs of any breed can be comfortable and enjoy the company of humans and other animals, this is dictated by the dogs experiences and training. I know many “Cavachon” dogs that are incredibly fearful of other dog. It is how the dog is socialized that counts. (Socialized does not mean let your puppy meet lots of unfamiliar dogs on walks. The dogs you let your puppy meet should be selected carefully so that your puppy does not have a bad experience and become fearful. The owners/ handlers should educate themselves on normal dog behavior so that they will be able to spot when the dogs are comfortable/ uncomfortable/ fearful/ bullying to prevent the behavior becoming habit and creating an adult dog that is a bully or reactive).

    Advice to those looking to purchase a puppy or dog of any kind;
    1. Get your puppy/ dog from a reputable source. Good breeders will sell dogs to people that are willing to provide evidence of suitability (working hours, vet check the home, proof of a stable income), will guarantee the dog/ puppy for life meaning that if you ever need to rehome the dog the breeder will take it back to reduce the risk of the breeders dogs becoming homeless or in the wrong hands. The breeder will provide you evidence that the parents of the puppy/ dog has undertaken necessary health tests before breeding to help eliminate the risk of creating unhealthy puppies that could develop on going health conditions.
    Alternatively potential owners can adopt both dogs or puppies from a reputable rehoming centre, they will match dogs/ puppies that are suitable for your family and lifestyle. If the dog/bitch is at the appropriate age it will be neutered/spayed to prevent “accidental” mating and backyard breeding. The rehoming centre will also provide training or link you to a reputable force free positive reinforcement trainer if you shall ever require help. They will also have the dog back should you find that the dog is not suitable.
    Do not buy from backyard breeders (people that mate two dogs because “it was an accident”, “they are both so lovely!”, “they are pedigree”, “We wanted to have a puppy from the litter that’s just like our dog”. A lot is to be considered when breeding, it is more than temperament and pedigree. If a breeder has sold a person a puppy it is because it was not suitable for breeding. If the breeder thought that the puppy produced was suitable and would be an asset to breeding lines/ promotes the health of their breeding stock they would have kept it! Funding irresponsible breeders will only pay them for their lack of education and take homes away from dogs/ puppies that need a GOOD home.
    Their is nothing wrong with having a crossbreed or mixed breed, they can be brilliant family pets or work dogs with great temperaments provided they are placed in the care of responsible people (just the same as pedigree dogs).

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    Anonymous Replied:

    To much time.

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  • barb says:

    My dear Charlie died on 5-4-15. He was only five years old….lymphoma. I had him euthanized when he no longer took joy in life & stopped eating. My vet had told me to feed him anything he wanted or would eat. He ate healthy people food his last few weeks & then wouldn’t eat at all. I miss him so much. I have had dogs all my life & he was the best by far. I am looking to get a new cavachon puppy in the spring/summer of next year. I am waiting because I need two minor surgeries & want to be fully recovered & able to devote myself to a new puppy. Meanwhile, I am researching breeders near Pennsylvania & would welcome any advice and maybe a prayer to get me thru this horriable loss. Thanks.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I’m sorry for your loss

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    Emma Replied:

    I’m sorry for your loss it’s very hard to lose your best friend

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Sorry for your loss. Hope you are mending well from the loss of your beloved and your own health concerns.

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  • Sasha says:

    My 5 month old Cavachon has puppy zoomies every single night without fail – sometime between 4 and 7. He’s nuts then calms down and crashes. Never heard of the Bichon Sprint but that makes sense.

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  • T&J says:

    We have a 1yr old Cavachon called Buddy. He is the most adorable and wonderful dog! I take him to work most days, however, my father in law (no retired) demands to look after him 1 day a week. That says it all. He is but one of tens of people who want to look after him. Everyone he meets or stays with falls in love with him as his is the most wonderful little pooch. When he needs attention he makes a little whine, he loves playing but understands when you can’t/ don’t want to, he loves playing with other dogs but will always heel on call. In short – anyone he meets falls in love with him and if he ever needs a bed for the night we have to choose where to send him. My parents and my in laws fight over who will look after the little chap and you can take him absolutely anywhere as he is so adorable. Even shops that have ‘no dogs’ signs don’t kick him out as they are taken in with his teddy bear looks and lovable personality. What a wonderful breed. The definition of “man’s best friend”.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Aw he sounds just like my Rocco! He is now 11 months, mum was a bishon and dad a king charles. People stop us in the street to coo over him and try and give him a cuddle. He is so friendly and happy, the kids love him. He is very clingy with me though but thats because I spoil him with attention and cuddles!! Cant help it he is like a teddy bear!!!

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  • Anonymous says:

    The cavachon will do great and your customers would love them too. The only time mine barks is when our other dog starts barking and she is trying to get him to bark, it’s like she is calling him. She is a Bichon.

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  • Anonymous says:

    You are so right. Our word is, go poo poo-pee pee. It works though. When I had a poodle the word was hurry up.

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  • Anonymous says:

    I have had my cavachon about six years and the owner sold him to me because she was gone all the time and he got depressed. Also, he does not care for repair men uniform or the men in them. Otherwise he is the sweetest most loving animal I have ever had. We have never had a better dog.

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  • Mary W says:

    quickly retreats to her crate – fear? or typical of breed?

    Our 5 yr old female Cavachon, Lila, has been with us about a month. Her family had military orders out of the country and had to give her up. They said she is very needy and hid under the bed when the children were too active. Lila’s family had very high expectations about manners, not being allowed on furniture or to eat anything but kibble.

    Lila is careful not to claim our Westie’s space and she waits to be invited onto the bed or sofa.

    When I am moving around the house, she is always close by, otherwise, she retreats to her crate where she will stay for hours.

    Should I worry about her?

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Hi,

    One month surely isn’t long enough to worry about this behavior. She will, in time, slowly make more effort to be around you and your family. Just keep lovin’ her! She’ll come around!

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  • Linda says:

    My 2 dogs look very different as far as their fur. My first one was supposed to be a tri and now at 4 years old, you can nearly see anything that would be black. Also his fur is a tight curl. I know that breeder was on the level. The other was from another state and she is smaller and has very light “hair” that feels much softer than the fur, which I am told is normal. So, after he loses his puppy fur, you might end up with either extreme. The two dogs they breed together are a lot different when you are talking about their fur.

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