cavachon-review

While doing some research before deciding to get my Cavachon, I found that it was very hard to find any real reviews or other information from actual owners of Cavachons.  In order to help others better understand what to expect from the Cavachon breed, I have written a review based on my personal experiences with my own Cavachon!

My male Cavachon, Kasey, has been a joy to own from the very beginning.   In this review, I’d like to describe the transition from the breeder to my home, his overall temperament, his physical characteristics and how housebreaking went.  Most reviews don’t cover all these things, so I want to share as much as I can.  I hope some of you will also share your reviews on this page as well.  As you know, general breed characteristics can be the same, but each dog is special!

TRANSITION FROM BREEDER TO MY HOME

I’ve had him since he was eight weeks old and he’s just over a year old now, so I’ve watched him grow up!  From the start, he has been easy going and lovable.  As a case in point, I had him shipped via Delta  Airlines from Iowa to my home in Ohio.  The trip did not bother him in the least – in fact, when I opened the carrier, he happily scampered out to lick my face with his tiny tail wagging.  He was relatively quiet during the first couple of nights when I first brought him home and it didn’t take too long before he was completely quiet during night (about 2 weeks).  I kept him in a cage in my room during the night and occasionally, he would yelp to let me know to take him outside.  During the day, I would block off the doors to my kitchen and move his cage there.  That way I could keep an eye on him and not have to worry too much if he had an “accident” on the vinyl floor.  I would leave the door to his cage open and he would “nap” in it when he was tired.  All in all, the transition from breeder to my home went very smoothly.

OVERALL TEMPERMENT

Kasey is a lovable companion.  He follows me around the house and enjoys being with me.  When I sit on the couch, he jumps up and curls uponto my lap.  I go to sleep at 10 every night and if I am late, he is there waiting for me (a creature of habit, I guess !).  Yes, I do let him sleep in my bed.  He is generally quiet  until he sees a squirrel in the back yard, then he’ll let out a loud string of “hey, get out of my yard” barks.  He has a hilarious repertoire of grunts, moans, and growls that he uses to get my attention or beg for a treat.   He is very intelligent. In fact, he knows the difference between some of his toys.  When I say “Go get your ball”, he actually brings the ball back!  He knows several commands including:  sit, lay, paw and dance.  Finally, he loves getting his belly scratched.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

As I mentioned earlier in the review, Kasey is just over a year old now.  He weighs about 18 pounds and he is 14 inches tall at the shoulder.  He has mostly white, curly hair.  I take him to the groomer roughly every other month because his hair will grow quite long (3″) if left uncut.  I like to keep his hair about 1″ long on his body and 2″-3″ long on his tail.  He has very expressive dark brown/black eyes that just melt you when he looks at you.  His ears are very long – an attribute from the Cavalier – that tend to drag on the ground when he is sniffing about.

HOUSEBREAKING

Despite the fact that Cavachons are very smart dogs, it still took Kasey quite a while to get the knack of going to the bathroom outside.  It probably didn’t help that I moved when he was 6 months old.  But now, at just over a year, he is almost completely trained.   I taught him to ring a bell attached to the door when he wants to go out.  A little warning for you…this is a great trick to teach your dog, but if you aren’t around to hear the bell, you will run into problems.  You may just want to teach your dog to bark!  I taught him to go outside by first taking him out regularly and giving him a treat when he went to the bathroom.  If he had an accident in the house, I would immediately take him outside and reward him if he went out there.

Overall, this is an excellent breed – these dogs make great companions who have tons of energy.  I hope this review is helpful to you.  Please feel to let me know if you have any questions.

196 Responses to “A Cavachon Review”

  • cliff says:

    I hada sheltie and he was so smart and even tempered,never had to scold him,he listened to what we told him.Since his passing my wife and I decided to get a cavachon,the minute you see the face you stuck.Well she’s 15 months old and she is extremely smart,but so independent,but we love her.You just have to deal with the trouble she gets into.Constantly on the prowl to chew something,we have all kinds of chew toys which occupy her for a short time,but as a puppy,they have a short attention span,so we have to watch her closely.She has a crate that she loves,but when bored she;ll go in and start scratching her soft bed and gets holes in it to pull out the stuffing,so to protect the bed we lock the crate,it has a slide bolt on it.Well,she doesn’t like that so she will go over to the slide bolt and lift the lever in her teeth.She hasn’t figured out how to slide the bolt yet,but I have a feeling that may happen shortly.Not sure I like these smart dogs,but she is so sweet you can’t stay mad at her.Cavachon’s are such a great dog

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  • Debbie says:

    Hi I have been looking to get a Cavachon puppy andd the more I look into finding a puppy the more concerned I become. I live in Illinois and there are few breeders close to me. Has anyone done business with either Monarchy Cavachons in Maine or Timshell Farm in Arizona or does anyone have any bredder they have worked with that they felt really good with? I worry about health issuesI have researched and more so about puppy mills. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    Debbie

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  • Lucy says:

    Dies anyone know how long a cavachon can live?

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  • Faith says:

    We plan on buying a Cavachon but one of the people in our home is afraid of dogs, but she is pretty old, I am 10 and will probably get one in 9th or 8th grade depending on her health. My parents love dogs! so it should work out fine!!

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    Anonymous Replied:

    It’s a shame my parents absolutely hate dogs and won’t let me have one

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  • Becky says:

    How are cavachons with cats? i have a 6m old cat and want a cavachon pup, just wondered if any of the new what they were liek around cats, i spose if they are brought up around them it should be fone?

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  • Marianne says:

    Hello,

    I have had my Cavachon for three and a half years. We got her at 2 months of age and she weighed about 2 pounds.

    I would agree with every aspect of your description of her, except that I have had trouble potty training her. She also will whine and cry for no reason whatsoever. I do not think it’s anxiety and do not want to medicate her if it is.

    Any input on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

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  • anonymous says:

    they are also amazing at tricks mine probably knows about 20! and he learned those before he was even 4!!!!!!!

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    Kristin Replied:

    We have had our Cavachon for 1 1/2 years and he is smart as a whip. He was house broke in a couple of weeks but I think our Golden Ret helped him too. Excellent dog. Ours talks all the time and does a ton of tricks. He is Great with other dogs and is so loving. Just wondering if anyone else’s talks all the time. It’s so funny, thinking it must be the breed…?

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  • Anonymous says:

    Hi I have an 8 month old cavachon. He was house trained by 4-5 months old as we crated him. I do brush him daily and brush his teeth 3 times a week. He started getting eye stains. Which is very annoying. I use angel eyes, give him a face wash three times a week, and use angel diamond. I do feed him premium food — in fact he is a very fussy eater. I don’t give him any human food. I use natural dog food — I have tried many different brands and finally I am sticking with one — though he still does not eat very well. He is growing — he is about 8 pounds. He loves his walks and meeting new dogs and he loves to play. He is a wonderful addition to our family. We have two boys –aged 8 and 11 and our cavachon is perfect with them

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    Susan Replied:

    Hi, great review, I was wondering, do cavachons come in different colours? I was thinking of getting one, but I didn’t know what colours they came in? Do you know?

    Thanks,
    Susan

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    anonymous Replied:

    i think some cavachons are black and white instead and they all have different spot patterns!

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  • Bill says:

    Our Cavachon Zoey is about 15 monts old as of this post. Your description of a Cavachon hit the nail on the head – particularly about liking to have her stomach scratched, and making an amazing variety of sounds for a dog. She really is a good dog. She has a great personality, and is a lot of fun to be with. She also interacts very well with other dogs. Her one characteristic which some people might consider negative is her strong desire to do things with us. She wil howl like a banshee when we go out somewhere and have to leave her at home. For that reason, I don’t know if our Cavachon would necessarily be a good dog if we lived in an apartment. Other than that, she is a five star pup.

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  • Angie says:

    U guys are rly helpful ! Im 11 and i just got a recent obbsession with dogs but my parents are not agreeing with me. I have a cat and no yard and im away a lot any advice? Thx

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    Susan Replied:

    Hi, great review, I was wondering, do cavachons come in different colours? I was thinking of getting one, but I didn’t know what colours they came in? Do you know?

    Thanks,
    Susan

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    Angie Replied:

    Cavachons come in white with tan ears and some can be fully tan/golden
    Some can be black and tan, some fully white and some almost mahogany

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  • Chloe says:

    I have a cavachon and she is simply the best could never have asked for a better dog, so lovely nature and never causes havoc or disturbance in the house! And also loves attention from humans & other dogs and just wants to play!
    Would totally recommend this if you are looking for a small, loving family dog with a brilliant nature that everyone goes crazy over.

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    tom the cat Replied:

    i dont agree, it bit me #yolo

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    anonymous Replied:

    they will usually only bite if they feel like you are trying to hurt them! I have a cavachon and they are soo sweet and playful!!!!

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    Susan Replied:

    Hi, great review, I was wondering, do cavachons come in different colours? I was thinking of getting one, but I didn’t know what colours they came in? Do you know?

    Thanks,
    Susan

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  • Chloe says:

    I have a cavachon and she is simply the best could never have asked for a better dog, so lovely nature and never causes havoc or disturbance in the house! And also love attention from humans & other dogs.
    Would totally recommend this if you are looking for a small, loving family dog with a brilliant nature that everyone goes

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    Fiona Replied:

    Very good review.
    I have a Cavachon named Pounce and he sounds just like yours. He loves attention as well and may I say the television too.
    I recommend letting your dog listen to classical music, it helps their knowledge and makes it easier to train your dog. My Pounce listened to ten minutes of Classical music off YouTube and learned to roll over in only about a hour! It also helps their behaviour I have found out.

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    Tiffany Replied:

    Hello my name is Tiffany and I am 9. My mummy is getting us a doggie and she says cavechons r the best dog to get us.
    Do you agree. I like your name though, my bff has the exact same name.
    Her dog is a terrier and it bit me when I tried to patt it

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    yo momma Replied:

    that yo momma!

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  • John says:

    I would like to Thank Kasey for this site.My rescue female is a 1 year old that ,looks very similar to your little guy.She is 15 lb now ,in good health,always cheerful to EVERYONE, but extremely loyal to me.She is the heartbeat of our home,our in house comedian and the most loving giving pup I have ever had.She loves the snow,no matter how high.For the most part she is very quiet dog,content to be beside us,with a couple hours of playtime,fast agile romps.To the person who kicked this little girl in the ribs and broke two on one side and one cracked on the other,I hope you never own any pet ,ever again.You did not kill this little pups spirit,only your own.I am astounded how resilient Cavachons are,focusing so hard to please and give love.

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    Susan Replied:

    Hi, great review, I was wondering, do cavachons come in different colours? I was thinking of getting one, but I didn’t know what colours they came in? Do you know?

    Thanks,
    Susan

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  • John says:

    Great to see so many people,who love these little comedians.My Cavachon”Meo”,a 15month old female is the heart beat of our home.Perhaps someone could help me with a remedy for the small particles that irritate the urinary track.She has been put on special diet food by our vet but still has a high count on her last test sample.I started giving her a small piece of apple after meals,with the hope that this little bit of acid would help.My main concern with apple is if this could be bad for her teeth.I just want to add that I live in rather remote area and with limited guidence from our vet,I would appreciate any good advice.

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  • Luke says:

    My cavachon treacle is 6 months old. She has been fully house trained from around 10 weeks. She had a few issues in her crate when both me and my wife were both away at work but for the last 3 months she has been brilliant.
    She is a loving and caring dog who loves nothing more than playtime and a big long cuddle. I have found to vary playtime to avoid boredom of the dog as she is very smart. She is ok with other dogs after 30 minutes but loud barking does scare her slightly where I find she will come and sit next to me for protection.
    When I first got treacle I was told by the seller that she would need brushing once a week at most. Treacle then proceeded to have very severe matts which then needed shaving out. We now brush her everyday and now she looks brilliant and have no matts to get out. (Will post picture at a later date).
    Hope this answers any questions which people have and am happy to help answer any other questions people have

    Luke and treacle

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  • Barb says:

    Do cavachons have an odor. I know the bichons don’t but heard some of the spaniels do.

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    Marc Replied:

    Mine has a mild odor. Took a few weeks to get used to. It gets more intense when he is excited or comes back home after a run outside. I use deodorant spray and mouth spray and it does a good job.

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  • Barb says:

    Do Cavachons have an odor? The Spaniels sometimes do.

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  • Mary dell Cody says:

    Our Cavachon, Scout, is the greatest dog in the whole world! She is perfect in very way.
    We just can’t recommend this type of dog too strongly. You won’t go wrong!

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  • Kelvin says:

    Hello everyone, we’re thinking about getting a Cavachon after seeing one at street festival and talking with its owner. We’re just trying to find a good quality breeder that isn’t overly expensive within a reasonable distance of northern Virginia. The tips you guys have given have been quite helpful. However I do have a few of questions.

    1. We both currently work away from home and we live on the 14th floor of a high rise building. We had adopted a 2 year old terrier mixed dog from a rescue agency and unfortunately had to return it because the dog whined and barked all day while we were away. It was awful for him, us and our neighbors. We learned that he had separation anxiety. We couldn’t even leave him in a car while running errands without him losing his mind. Obviously that’s an extreme case, but we do have a concern about experiencing a similar, even mildly behavior with any other dog. Have any of you had any experience with separation anxiety with your Cavachons?

    2. I’ve had really good success with crate training a Shetland Sheepdog in the past. He pooped and urinated in his crate twice as a puppy and because he was near it for several hours before I returned home, he never did it again. By the time he was one years old, he was fully housebroken. I could leave him in the kitchen all day, with water, and he wouldn’t have an accident. I know that was probably rare, but how much time has it taken to housebreak your Cavachons? How long can they be left alone without being let out? Will we need to consider hiring someone to come by once a day while we’re at work to take him/her out for a brief walk until they are at a certain age?

    3. As I mentioned, we currently live on the 14th floor of a high rise. Are Cavachons good in apartment settings where there are lots of people and other pets? We are planning to buy a home within a years time, but need to know if there might be any issues with their socialization and maybe even their housebreaking routine given we have to make our way to an elevator, etc.

    4. Final question, how easy are they to train? Is using a trainer or attending an obedience class recommended?

    Thanks to all who respond. Your insight will be very much appreciated.

    Kelvin

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    Susan Replied:

    Did you ever find a good breeder in Northern Va? We are looking too.
    Thanks,
    Susan

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    Lynne Replied:

    I live in a coach home with only immediate access to a balcony, plus I work very long hours (at home)which can require at times,up to 12 hrs. troubleshooting problems. Since it would be hard for me to step way to walk my Amy, I got a doggy potty box. It works perfectly. Anyone who has a small dog and could have a long walk to get outside or trouble always getting your dog outside, I highly recommend this. I got Amy at 6 mos and within a month of getting her she was trained to go there. She is now a little over 3 yrs and is still using it with no issues.

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  • Wilda says:

    my chloe, is 4 years old. She was recently given to us by our daughter who bought her as a puppy. We love our Chloe, and are wanting to learn more about her. She is lovable, sweet and mostly well trained. She has a habit of barking loudly when guest come into our home. She is our 1st house pet. Please advise on how to quiet her it can be rather annoying. She also had bladder stones several years ago and eats a special diet. Are anytype snacks suitable for her. We would love to give her treats. Is there a special word we can use to reprimand Chloe when she gets into mischief. Thanks for the help.

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    Anne Replied:

    We have a Cavachon, Starshine, who is almost 3 yrs old now. She is the sweetest and most loving dog! She grew to 27lbs, but thinks she’s 12…When she hears a sound that she’s not familiar with, or when someone knocks on the door, she does bark until I check it out or let them in. I don’t want to discourage her “guard-dog” attitude, so I praise her for doing her job, and doing a good job. She does stop barking, and at times, tries to get the last word in. Be patient, and keep a loving tone in your voice when you praise her. They are exceptionally loyal dogs, and do not understand the abstracts of who’s here, what’s that sound, etc…They just know that something is there near you that wasn’t there before, and they want to protect you from it. Enjoy her!!!

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  • Jack says:

    Hi

    I have a 2 year old cavachon named Lilly. She’s in heat at the minute and she’s freaking me out a little bit!

    She lives in a house with 4 people including me and whenever I call her over she sticks her tongue out, starts panting, runs over, licks me where ever she can and will then try to hump my arm or leg. I have to tell her off for her to stop but she will do it again 10 minutes later.

    She only does this to me and when she’s sat with anyone else in the house she’s just normal. The last time she was in heat she’d try and hump me a little but this time it’s constant and a lot worse.

    I read that when a female dog humps she’s saying she dominates you but it really doesn’t seem like that, she seems happy and loving but it’s really creepy.

    Sorry for the long comment.

    Thanks,
    Jack

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    JT Replied:

    I have the same issue with my biscon , she seems to be always dry humping my arm or leg and constantly licking my arms.
    Is this normal for female dogs?
    How do I discourage her from doing this ?

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  • Carroll says:

    There are many breeders and many different prices. Is there that much difference in each puppy?

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    Lori Replied:

    There could be a great difference in the way the puppy was taken care of and treated in the very important first few days and weeks of its life. That will have a big impact on how happy, healthy and well adjusted your puppy turns out.

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  • Meme says:

    I have a one year old cavachon that we bought when he was six months old. He still is not completely potty trained but what I am more concerned about is that he is scared of us. He sleeps on our bed, licks our hands, will give ear sugar and play with our six year old Bichon/Poo. If you can get him to come to you he will lick your hands but if you move a inch he runs like he thinks you are going to hit him. My grand-daughter bought one of his half brothers and he just loves people and is so delightful. We are in our 60′s and have never been mean to him. He just don’t trust anyone unless they are very still. Does anyone have a chavachon that acts this way. We do not know what to do to gain his trust.

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    Lori Replied:

    Aww, I feel bad for the little guy. It sounds like something happened in the first six months before you got him. Keep doing what you are doing and hopefully he will gain complete trust in you. Perhaps mention it to your vet next time you are there and see if he has any suggestions. Best Wishes.

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    Karen Replied:

    My Katie is a rescue from a Puppy Mill. We got her when she was 7 months. She is 6 years now. She was very skittish when we got her. I spent hours just sitting on the floor talking to her, waiting for her to come to me.

    I also kept her on a leash next to me when we were house training. We gave her private obedience lessons to make sure she knew who was in charge. We also walked her daily. Her personality changed significantly over the 1st year. Today she trusts us implicitly. However, she still moves away when someone reaches for her. We allow her to come to us and let her leave when she wants.

    She is an absolute wonderful dog and loves us unquestionably.

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  • Anonymous says:

    I have a lovely cavachon called benson who is 17 weeks old. He is great in every way except for the first few minutes of going out for a walk. He sits down every few paces and just won ‘t move until I have given him a treat. After a while this behaviour lessens and he gets into the walk. It’s frustrating and embarrassing though to have my dog sit down when I take him out for a wslk. I’m wondering if its the cold British weather we ‘re having that he doesn’t like . It’s been going on for 6 weeks now. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Bichon Owner Replied:

    I’ve never owned a cavachon but I have a had a bichon for many years and know that they are VERY STUBBORN. Mine will just lay down whenever hes tired and doesnt want to move. I might suggest not giving him treats because it sounds to me like hes messing with you for a snack. Bichons and I have heard the same with mixes can be clever and stubborn and you have to be one step ahead of them.

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  • Leslie Mama2Spencer says:

    Hello, I love this site and just wanted to provide an update on the review page. My little Cavachon Spencer is 19 weeks old and still very much a puppy. He is about 11 lbs., fully vaccinated and healthy as can be. He is beginning to lose his puppy (or milk) teeth which is very strange to see but very normal. His hair is becoming quite long and I have had to trim the hair around his eyes and face already and should do it again here soon. I don’t want to get him groomed just yet because I’m trying to keep the bathing to a minimum to avoid dry skin and I have to bathe him somewhat often due to the wet and dirty winter weather we are having.

    Spencer’s temporment is puppy through and through. He is very lovable, playful and somewhat obstanent like most puppies. He enjoys running, playing fetch and chewing chewing chewing. He also enjoys testing boundaries and, when bored, will go do things that are definite no-no’s. Spencer has always been a good sleeper ever since we got him at 8 weeks. He does not like being alone but has taken very well to his “room” )crait). He is craited throughout the day but my husband lets him out for an hour over lunch. He is out and playing from about 6:30 AM until 8:00 AM, out for lunch and then craited again until after work (about 4:30 PM). Spencer is active for the remainder of the evening until bedtime except for about an hour when he must be craited for dinner (around 7:00 PM).

    He is not a barker unless he hears a dog on TV or outside which is rare. Spencer does not bark at knocking or loud noises at all. He is however quite vocal in other ways. He does wine when he wants to leave the confines of his baby-gated area (family room and kitchen open layout) or when he wants anything else.

    My Cavachon loves to be active and demands his walks often morning, noon and night. It is challenging as we’re getting record snow fall in Wisconsin this winter but we make it work. Spencer no longer dislikes the cold or snow. In fact, he enjoys it a bit too much. He likes to run round and round in circles on his leashe in the ackyard, leaping through the snow and hopping through large drifts like a rabbit. He is quite acrabatic in other ways as well. Spencer will leap virtically into the air when he would like attention from standing humans, wants something (food) on the counter or generally is impatient with something–anything. He is a very silly little circus dog.

    Spencer is a loving kissing little machine. He does love everyone and gets along very very well with dogs. As long as you are willing to play, he loves you and would go home with you. He’s the sweetest little guy and makes you feel happy if you’re having a bad day. He does challenge his parents but he’s a puppy and makes up for it in many fun and loving ways.

    Finally, Spencer is kind of house broken. We have spaced taking him out from every 15 minutes when not craited from 8-12 weeks to every 30-45 minutes from 12-16 weeks and now taking him out every hour now. He occasionally alerts to go out (either by ringing his bell or scratching the door and wining) but it is not 100% of the time yet. He had one accident in the last 2 weeks. He was just about at 1 hour since the last time he went out and he was not terribly active. I’m not sure about that one but we’re still a work in progress.

    I love love love my little Cavachon boy. My husband and I do find that we are looking forward to enjoying our dog and not having to deal with a puppy. I do not think this is breed-related however. First and foremost, Spencer is a dog (puppy) then he is a Cavachon. Cavachon’s are wonderful adorible and sweet companions. He’s a wonderful addition to our family. I’d encourage others to consider his mixed breed!

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    Lori Replied:

    Thanks for that great review! It sounds like Spencer is doing great and a great addition to your home!

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  • Robyn says:

    I am 8 years old do you think a cavachon for a pet

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    kene Replied:

    definitely as long as u can take care of him/her

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    anonymous Replied:

    yeah they are tons of fun! just be gentle with them!

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  • Jennifer says:

    I am 9 years old and getting my first puppy would you recommend a cavshon as my first?????

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    Anne Replied:

    They require alot of love and company. Please be sure that you can give them lots and lots of time before you get one…they are people dogs, and not meant to be by themselves very often and for long periods of time. They are great dogs!

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  • Diann says:

    I just got my Cavashon and love her so much she is a sweetie named her Ziva have a two year old male Bichion and she loves him and is keeping him active. We travel in our RV full time and she is great for traveling she will be 4 months February 14th love this breed will tell any body that is looking for a dog to look at the Cavashon but I love my Bichon also.

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  • Lois says:

    I dunno if this has been asked but i’ve been looking for the right breed i could take into my home. I’m thinking about getting a Cavachon. I have two cats already so I was wondering how the breed is around/would react with cats and seeing as it will be my first dog would it be Better to get an adult dog or puppy? Thanks! :)

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    VickyHolloway Replied:

    Hello, my cavachon Bella loves our cat and gets very excited. Our cat however hates everyone dog or human. So I think if you think your cats will like the puppy, you should be fine. Cavachons just want to play and Bella definitely just wants to love everyone, including our very reluctant cat. Good luck.

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    Lois Replied:

    Thanks for your answer!

    When my mums mate brings her new puppy round one of our cats is fine with the puppy, she’ll just act like its not even there wondering around near it, whereas the other one will run and hide which I guess is natural. I guess when/if I do get a puppy I think they’ll be fine just to make sure the introduction to each other goes well! (:

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  • Roisin says:

    Hi love this blog I love the cavachon breed and my mam is finally agreeing to an addition to our family but our house is quite small and when i used to walk my old dog if another dog would come over and fight i couldn’t pick him up as he was too big. I was just wondering do cavachons get quite big or would they be considered a lap dog and if need be could you pick them up if you were on a walk and a big dog came by?

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    stacey Replied:

    aww bless i receltly got one for christmas this year they are such intelligent dogs they are easiley a small/meduim dog just like the bichon frise and king charles which would be easy to pick up hope this helped roisin good luck

    xxxxx

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  • shirley says:

    i have a 12 week puppy what puppy food would you recomend

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    Lori Replied:

    This is something best discussed with your vet – he will go over the pros and cons of the commercial and more natural types with you. Cost will also be a factor, although our dogs are fairly small so really don’t eat all that much.
    That being said, Kasey is over 4 years old now and I am thinking of switching the food we use. I am actually going to talk to our vet about it when we are there next month. I try to eat healthier than I used to, and I think maybe I should be feeding my best friend a healthier food!

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Healthy paws is very good and all natural too!

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    stacey Replied:

    shirley i would say cesar or james wellbeloved they are both really good brands and they both have fresh vegtables which is good for a growing pup.my pup has expensive taste she loves her cesar lol i hope this was helpful to you xxxx

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  • Debbie says:

    Hi we have just adopted a 12 week old cavachon puppy. He weighs 8lb is this the right weight for his age? X

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    Lori Replied:

    Hi Debbie,
    Congrats to you on your new family member! I am sure he will bring you much joy in the days, months and years to come! As far as his weight goes, your vet is the best one to answer that. He/she will look at his body type and stuff and tell you if he is on track. They feel their rib area to make sure they are not too bony or building too much fat. Form there, they will give you advice if they see a problem.
    I checked Kasey’s old vet records from when he was young, and unfortunately, most of them do not have a weight on them. I cannot even give you a comparison.
    Send us a picture if you get a chance!

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  • Anonymous says:

    About training Cavachons: most people just give praise or treats (or both :) ) but I started out giving treats and praise then moved to giving toys and praise and finnally moved to just giving praise for good behaviour! Hope this helps :)

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  • summer says:

    so be honest everyone, does your dog shed? This is very important to my hubby. PS I have read tons about this dog but, like many of you, dont know people with them. We are deciding between the cavachon and the bichon.

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    Lori Replied:

    Here is my experience with shedding and our Cavachon…..let me start by saying Kasey is mainly white and most of my clothes are mainly black! Also, we have mainly hardwood floors in our house. If I hold Kasey with a black sweater or shirt on, I will find hair on it, but not a lot. When I comb him I get tons of hair in the comb and quite a bit on me. However, I do not find dog hair on my furniture or floors, and with our hardwood floors, it would really be noticeable. In comparison, my son has a black lab/chow mixed dog. She is all black and when she visits, I learn what a dog that sheds is like! In just a few hours, I find her hair all over!

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  • Anonymous says:

    Hi,
    I am a long time dog owner of cockers ,labs and mixed breeds. My husband and I ,after our last dog, said no more dogs…time to travel. But after seeing a cavachon in Atlanta , I just had to have one and searched all over NJ for one. So now we own an 9 week old little cavachon. She is the loveliest puppy I have ever owned. Her little tail wags all the time. Bella is as bright as can be and becoming house trained already. She is constantly by my side or playing with her toys. This breed is just great even though there might be genetic defects from the cavalier side , I am so glad I made the decision to buy one . She is so playful ,loving, and great with my grandchildren who sometimes forget that she is a little puppy. Love this little puppy!

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    Lori Replied:

    Thanks so much for your comments about our wonderful breed! It is love at first sight and love forever with them! Kasey is 4 now, and his disposition is still exactly like you described – we love having him as part of our family more every day!

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I line in NJ also and am interested in getting a cavachon. Which breeder did you get your dog from?
    Melinda

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  • vicki says:

    i had my cavachon ‘mikey’ from 9 weeks, i used puppy pads, which he took to instantly, the only problem i found was when he walked on carpet he thought it was a puppy pad !!! i also had a dog flap put in, and he started using it almost instantly.. i gradually moved the pad closer to the dog flap and he was trained in about four weeks !! and loves the dog flap !! i think the dog flap was the answer for housetraining, as he never has to wait to go out.. and i also kept him in one room while house training, hope this helps.. :)

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    Lori Replied:

    Thanks Vicki – I am sure that some people going through that puppy training phase will find your info very helpful! I envy your dog flap, even though the bell training was great (still is) we still go out on a leash when nature calls!

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I have a wonderful cavachon, Rosie who is just 6 months old. She is beautiful and so friendly. I also had a dog flap put in and she can come and go whenever she pleases and almost never has an accident. She has bought so much joy to our house, wish I got one earlier.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Sorry my name is Chris.

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  • Mauricio says:

    Anti-barking collars can be used as trinaing tools on any dog no matter what the size.The only thing that you need to be aware of is WHY your dog is barking, because these collars will only be effective for certain behaviours.For example, a dog that is barking because it is bored is most likely going to do something else to amuse itself if barking is no longer an option. This will most likely result in destructive behaviour like digging, chewing, etc.A dog that is barking because it is nervous or nervous will most likely become worse if it is getting punished every time it barks. This will most likely make the dog more neurotic, and again increase other unwanted behaviours.A dog that is barking to alert you to strangers, etc, should be a excellent candidate for one of these trinaing collars. Just be aware that there is a chance that this could make the dog not bark in warning and go straight to biting, instead. If this is not an issue (i.e. your dog would not naturally bite a weird person or dog) then this probably wont be a problem.Excellent luck with your dog! If you suspect that one of the other causes I have mentioned may be the reason your dog is barking, then there are alternative trinaing methods that you can use, even if an nervous dog is best treated with the help of a professional behaviourist.

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  • Jane Brennan-Barnes says:

    Hello Linda,
    With good planning, and giving a ‘quality’ hour at lunchtime your little one will sleep most of the time you are in work, they are babies and sleep a lot. Do have good runs on weekends to break the week up and enjoy your new little companion. We have two cavachons aged 16 months and a two year old rescued labrador.
    good luck and warm regards,
    Jane

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  • Caitlin says:

    Was just looking at pictures of cavachons. Came across this website. The picture of the dog located at the top of this page looks exactlyyyy like my dog, Oscar. I had to do a double-take!

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    Greg Replied:

    By all means send us a picture of Oscar to post with Kasey’s friends!!!

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  • John says:

    Is the Cavachon bark a shrill bark and do they bark alot? I wear hearing aids and the shrill bark of a dog goes right through my bones.

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    Lori Replied:

    I would not call it a shrill bark, but i think that is a very subjective question. I think that even how much they bark is going to vary from dog to dog. Kasey did not use to bark much at all, but the last year he has started barking at things running around in the yard. I am really trying to break him of that, but have not had a lot of success so far.

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    Jan Replied:

    I’ve had my little girl since she was 8 weeks old. She’s only barked 6 times…scaring herself the first 3 or 4. She’s almost six months old now. It wasn’t a ‘shrill’ bark at all.

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    CD Replied:

    Our cavachon is VERY vocal, he doesnt bark much in the house, but barks alot outside. He makes alot of noise other than actual “barking”.

    Our neighbor has a cavachon as well, she doesnt bark outside but has the same “vocalization” inside. They both try to communicate through alot of different sounds.

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  • linda says:

    I am worried about leaving my 12 week cavachon when I return to work. I will be away from 9.30 – 6.00pm but will be home for an hour at lunch time. Will he get used to this or is it cruel to leave him for so long

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    Lori Replied:

    I would see what your vet would say on that. I am able to work from home, so never had to go through that (luckily!) Twelve weeks does seem very young to be left for that amount of time, they are really still a baby and learning so much!

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    Jeanette Replied:

    My Cavachon is now 12 months old and was 10 weeks when i got him. I go to work at 9.15 and return about 5.30. I have been doing this from the beginning and my dog is used to it. He runs around the house in the morning, has a look around the garden and playes with a few toys, but by 8.30 he is under my feet becuause he knows it’s time for a walk. I give him a 20 minute walk in the morning and he does his ‘business’, then home, and he settles down on his bed. I always give him an hour walk in the evenings, including letting him off the lead and if we meet another loose dog, all the better becuase they tire each other out. If the weather is too bad and we miss our evening walk he can be a handfull, very demanding and i spend my evening throwing toys for him to bring back. A tired dog is a happy dog, so the more exercise you can give him the better. I also leave his with a ball stuffed with his nuts, that he has to roll round the floor, and some chew toys to keep him busy. I also leave the radio on for him (not sure if it makes any difference, but i read somewhere that it can help). Also, don’t make a big fuss when you are leaving or returning as this can make your dog more anxious. When I return from work, I open the back door, put on the kettle and make a cup of coffee, ignoring the dog. By the time the coffee is made the dog is calm and it’s only then that I give him attention. Hope this helps.

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    Lori Replied:

    Thanks for that input, we frequently get questions about leaving a puppy at home and this the answer that many people are looking for! My experience was different, as I was working part time but also had a flexible schedule when we first got Kasey.
    Your comment about “a tired dog is a happy dog” is so true! You have to either walk or play with your pup if you want a peaceful night! They need to work off their energy if they have been “bored” all day, just like us!

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Hello Linda and Everyone,

    I stayed home until my Kozmo was about 5 months old (he’s now almost 2 years old) and had the same concern about leaving him alone all day. Two weeks before I went back to work I left him in his crate every day a little longer and longer…went back to work and no problems. Unless he chewed something and it upset his tummy…very few accidents. Just before he was a year old I stopped putting him in his crate…we had a few problems I’d put him in his crate the next day all day. We had to do that twice and after that he roams the house now…primarily stays in my bedroom and in his crate. He sleeps with me at night…glued to me actually. Considering how small (20 lbs) he is; he takes up almost the whole King Size bed.

    I don’t know why but I did a search on Cavachon’s and this site came up and I almost could not believe how much Kasey looks like my Kozmo…they look exactly alike and the story shared was like me talking about my little boy. Yes, he is my little baby and always will be. He was easily trained and knows how to push my buttons. Since he was a puppy and would chew things and get sick he now uses that techinque to keep going outside. He pretends to gag so I’ll take him outside…I’ve caught on to it. Now I talk to him like a little child and ask him if he’s really sick and then he’ll stop his gagging or I grab him and take him outside. He has a sensitive tummy…but what a little Smarty!!! He absolutely loves to swim…only with me and he loves for me to kick a soccer ball (slightly deflated) and he runs like a speed racer and brings it back to me. We do this several times a day…he loves to play in the house as well. There are certain toys we’ll throw and he’ll fetch and bring back. He has alot of energy…but can stop in a dime and snuggle up and go to sleep. He has somewhat gotten used to the squirrels in the yard…its the Bunnies that drive him crazy. He barks like crazy if he see’s them in the yard…I’ll sometimes run out there and scare the bunnies away and then he’ll be just fine.

    Love this site and enjoy all your stories. My Cavachon is one of the best things in my life next to my husband and daughter…and sometimes he comes before them. They can’t stand it….sorry but he has those beautiful eyes that melt my heart:)

    I’d send a picture to show you how much he looks like Kasey but I’m not sure how to paste the picture. Trust me…he looks exactly like Kasey.

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    Bonnie Replied:

    Sorry I forgot to put my name:)

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