Hi,

I have a 6 month old Cavachon.  I have heard that Cavachons don’t shed (or shed very little).  My cavachon sheds quite a bit. Is it just puppy shedding and once her puppy hair falls out and the new adult hair comes in it will slow down?

Thank you.

J.


Hi J.,

I have gotten your question a few times, and it always brings a smile to my face.  After we had Kasey for a few months, he was shedding like crazy!  I thought I really got ripped off because when I started the search for a puppy the non-shedding aspect was one of the reasons I chose a Cavachon (now that I know their personality , how smart and how loving these dogs are, I would still get one!)  Well, I guess it was just the process of losing the puppy hair and transitioning to adult hair as you said.  Hopefully, it will be the same case with you. Kasey really doesn’t shed at all now, although I do get a lot of hair in the comb when I comb him. We’ll see some hair on our clothes sometimes, too, but nothing bad.  I feel blessed.  When my son brings his dog over, I learn just what real shedding from a dog is!!

I do also see a bit more hair loss at the change of seasons, but that is normal, too!

Hope this helps and you have shed-free days to look forward to!

 

69 Responses to “Cavachon Shedding – Do Cavachon Puppies Shed More than Cavachon Adults?”

  • Tara Francis-smith says:

    We have a 10 week old male cavachon, we have. Been so lucky. He doesn’t shed at all, sleeps in a crate all night, uses a dog flap to go outsiide to poo and wee, if the back door isn’t open. Think this I’d because we have been lucky in the beginning and the weather was good so the door was left open.. And even sits when we say sit, he is the loveliest nature… We are lucky

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    Trish Replied:

    What breeder did you get him from? I am looking into getting a Cavachon.

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    Emily Replied:

    where did you get him from?

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  • Amy says:

    We have an 11 week old female Cavachon named Annabelle. She is our first puppy. We adore her. We are noticing she seems to be breathing fast and shallow while asleep. Anyone else notice this trait??

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  • Kim says:

    Hello all. I have a 3 month old male cavachon. He is truly adorable but I can’t seem to get him to stop biting, jumping at me and nipping. Any suggestions?

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Have you tried substitution? Our 3.5 month old has the same problem. We also use training treats when she displays positive behavior.

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  • TB says:

    My husband and I purchased a Cavachon on 2/19/14 from a breeder. She was 6 months old at the time. She was advertised as having some training. We assumed that that meant house trained, crate trained, etc. From the time we picked her up, she has been my shadow, scared of my husband who is the biggest dog lover ever. He still has not been able to hold her on his lap. The first time we tried to put her in her crate was horrible. That has gotten better. The first time we tried to put a leash on her she went wild. I can now put the leash on easily if I am already holding her, but if I try to get her to come to me to put the leash on, she runs like someone is going to hurt her or something. According to the breeder, her daughter could put her on the leash and walk her. This I can see could get better. House training has been ok. 4 accidents in the house in a month I do not feel is bad. We have a doggie door and she adapted very nicely to it. We have two English setters that she likes to follow, so house training is not an issue. She does shed and today was to be her first grooming. To get the dog to the groomer, you first have to get the dog to come to you. She ran all over the house like she was afraid, had to cancel the appointment. Tomorrow was to be the first vet appointment since she has been with us. This appointment had to be cancelled also. Today, Mia went back to the breeder, its as if she thinks we were going to hurt her. My husband and I have been married 25 years and have had dogs all our lives. We have even rescued an English setter who still gets a little skittish sometimes, but nothing like this dog. I don’t know if anyone can help or not, but all I’ve done since she went back to the breeders today is cry. She acts like she is scared to death. I have tried treats to get her to come, but she has gotten wise to it and gets the treat and runs before I can even get her. We do not have children here, we have grandchildren that come and she growls at them and tries to back herself tighter into the chair. This dog goes more in reverse trying to back away from everything than it does going forward. Please, if someone could shed some light on this, in this month I have become so attached to her that I want her back and my husband says lets just go back and get her, he could handle her not coming to him.

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  • Helen says:

    Hi,i just wanted to share a few words about cavachons and shedding. Our Tilly is nearly a year now and her coat sheds terribly, we have hair EVERYWHERE. I have to vaccum everyday and groom her constantly,i even brought the dog grooming attachment for my dyson. I did loads of research before buying a puppy and as we both suffer from asthma, it was important that we choose a
    non/low shedding coat. I was assured by the breeder that her coat would hardly shed,as did everything i’d read. Tilly’s coat was quite curly as a puppy but now it’s much more like a Cavalier. Tilly is beautiful and we all adore her so we just have to put up with all the hair….like living with a golden retreiver….and i know with a crossbreed it’s a bit pot luck, but i do wish i’d gone with a poodle cross, which i think, would have been better.

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    Jenny uk Replied:

    Try having her groomed and clipped short – best by hand using scissors not electric clippers
    should not shed then and coat really soft too – much better in summer but needs a coat on to go out in cold wet weather

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    hasbilbo Replied:

    You probably haven’t got a proper Cavachon because mine is 9 weeks
    old and don’t get much hair on my furniture or when we brush him.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Have never left our cavachon on her own for more than 2 hours and that’s only at weekends as she barks, we take her for a walk before we go out so she will sleep, but she does not. Any other suggestions please.

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  • Suzanne says:

    My Cavachon Cosmo licks a lot, furniture, the floor, the door. Was wondering if others have experienced this with their Cav’s. He gets lots of attention, walks when weather permits so I know it is not lack of that. He eats well and is quite healthy, gets regular check ups at the Vet, I have asked there but mine is the first Cavachon they have ever seen or treated. I do know he hates it when I put on make up because he knows I am going out, I know they don’t like to be left alone but I can’t stay home all the time. I am retired and here most of the time but do need to leave him home on occasion. I crate trained him and when I leave I crate him, and if I am going to be gone for a long time I have a women who care for him at her house. Just wondering if any other owners have experienced this type of behavior. He also sucks on his dog bed.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Well, I own a cavachon, and we had her since she was about 5 weeks old, but she has never shed. I think it just depends on that dog, but I amcertain that sooner or later it will stop shedding

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  • Carol and Danielle says:

    I have a c avachon pup which is quite yappy any suggestions to get it to be quite. Do not want neighbours to complain with the barkin

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  • Gemma says:

    I keep my 3 month cavachon in the kitchen at night, with the door shut, he sleeps in his crate, with the crate door opening, put he is crying a lot and doesn’t seem to get any better, he is also pooing and weeing everywhere and there is a lot of mess, some on the training pads some not. Is it a good idea to shut his crate door and get up extra early to let him out? Or would you recommend me to bring his crate upstairs in to my room shut him in and when he cries I can take him outside? He is very much a mummy’s girl!

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    Ehrin Replied:

    I would recommend putting the crate in your room with you. My 5 month old Cavachon woke us up the first few weeks we had her when she had to go in the middle of the night. That slowly stopped as she was able to sleep through the night. She does sometimes cry in the crate (we leave the door closed) but if I reach over and pet her for a minute she falls right back to sleep.
    I would recommend bringing it upstairs and see if he wakes you up when he has to go. Good luck :)

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  • Colette says:

    I was told to have my pets checked and if there a 1 there ok and if 2 – 6 stay we’ll clear as I’m looking to buy a cavachon. There is one pup for sale near me 8 weeks old but only had vet chk and no parvovirus chk. 475.00 she assures me that she will give full refund if anything pops up when I bring him to vets for vacs. Pls advise. My boy would love a pup and I want a cavishon purely as they are gorgeous but do not shed hair. New to all this can anyone/ everyone help

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  • wendy says:

    Are cavachons suitable for people with asthma and allergies my children would love a dog but we all have asthma. Does anyone know?

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I am a cavachon breeder and I sold one of my puppies to a family with a child who was extremely allergic to dogs. After a week trial they were totally satisfied and their son did just great with the puppy. No problems at all.

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    Julia Replied:

    I have asthma and that’s one of the reasons why we originally chose our Havanese. We lost one our Havanese a month ago and I’m now looking into Cavachons. My allergist said it’s not actually the hair that causes the allergic reaction in people it’s the dander in their skin. I’m allergic to everything pretty much and I have always done better starting with a puppy. Somehow I think I buildup an immunity maybe (not sure if that’s even possible). All I know is when I’m around other peoples dogs and cats I have terrible problems breathing but around my own that I’ve had since they were tiny I’m ok.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Do cavachons bark?

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    Anonymous Replied:

    All dogs bark, but neither King Charles Spaniels or Bichons are big barkers. At least mine aren’t. They never bark at the door and one barks at birds and the other when we start for a walk and that is all. They are not yappy little dogs at all.

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  • CathleenW says:

    We just had a heart breaking experience with a Cavachon puppy. We picked him up from a breeder and brought him to the vet the following day. The vet diagnosed him with a heart murmur with a rating of 3 on a scale from 1-6. The vet said that with a rating of 3, the dog could live another 8 yrs or a few more months. There was no guarantee. We brought the puppy back to the breeder and they brought the puppy to their vet who confirmed the diagnosis. We decided to not take the puppy back and we got our $ back from the breeder.. We have 2 little girls and we didn’t want to go through wondering every day how long the puppy would live for.

    When my husband brought the puppy back, he did not get a very good feeling about the breeder and the facility. There is a separate building on the grounds for the dogs. My husband said the dogs were all in crates on the sides of the walls. When I picked up the puppy she went and got him for me and we did not see where they raise the puppies. IS this normal? Can anyone recommend a good breeder of Cavachons? We live in Virginia and are willing to travel.

    Thank you everyone. I haven’t had a puppy for a long time and forgot how quickly they get into your heart.

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    Chris Replied:

    We just got our Cavachon three weeks ago from Briarthron. They are located in OH. We did not meet or visit their home before our puppy flown to us. I did speak with Mark frequently. They raise the puppies in their home. They are loved by Mark his wife and their children. We received photo and video updates on our puppy before she arrived. We are totally in love with her.

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    Julia Replied:

    I would take that as a terrible red flag for any dog breeder! Incredibly sad. These little dogs are very much people oriented. Poor little things. I hope they didn’t just euthanize it. :(

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    kirsty Replied:

    I was wondering how they got the dog to travel safely. I think you should meet the puppy’s home and the mum, plus dad (where possible). It gives you a good idea of how they are being brought in to the world, and just how ethical their breeding plans are. I turned down a puppy having travelled about 2 hours to find the farm. I found the facilities a little worrying and the puppy I had reserved was poorly so I couldn’t take it that day. Nobody phoned to say I shouldn’t make the journey. I was so sad to come home with no dog, but in the end I found a lovely breeder closer to home. I visited her home, met mum and I have to say my dog is perfect. We still stay in touch with occasional messages and photos. So glad I didn’t take the first dog I visited, whilst I feel sad leaving a dog behind, I can’t support a puppy farm with my money, or a pet shop with a crate of puppies.

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    Opionion02122 Replied:

    I rescued my Cavachon, and was told that all Cavachons come from puppy mills. I was told to never buy one, for that reason. I love my little guy, but it makes me very sad to know his mom and dad are in a puppy mill! Given a chance, I will adopt another rescued Cavachon, but I won’t buy one!

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    kirsty Replied:

    My Cavachon was not from a puppy mill. It was from a responsible breeder who could let me meet mum straight away. We still stay in touch with photos and messages. I wasn’t concerned that it was a puppy mill. I was confident this was the breeders home and that she was being responsible in breeding healthy puppies. It’s good that people care where their dogs have come from and don’t just fall in love with the cuteness of a puppy, ignoring all the unhealthy sides to buying and selling dogs. I’m glad their are kind people like yourself who do look after the dogs who are not brought in to this world ethically. Its a big responsibility to risk all the extra vet bills and extra care a dog may need. I suppose you risk this anyway when you take on a dog, but to know its from a puppy mill takes a hero!

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    Beth Replied:

    Charity Fulmer of ThreeOaks Farm in Cottageville, SC is an excellent breeder. She raises the puppies as her own, loving them and socializing them with her other pets (cats, horses, dogs) and kids. However, she only does a few litters a year. Her Cavachons are extremely pricey, but they are worth every cent. She evaluates any family trying to buy a puppy and makes sure the puppy is going to an excellent home. I highly recommend her.

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  • NANCyjo says:

    I am thinking of geting a cavachon and discouraged reading the blogs that so many have cavachons that shed. Does anyone have on that doesn’t shed?

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    Mollys Mom Replied:

    Our Cavachon is 3 months old now, and does not shed at all. She is a beautiful, smart, loving girl I strongly suggest you look at Briarthorn Cavachons in Ohio. They raise their dogs in their home, with love! They feed them a special natural food, that both my vet and a rep that I met from the dog food company were very impressed with! The day she was to fly to us the flight was delayed by 2 hours. Mark, the breeder, stayed with her the entire time, until she boarded the plane – now THAT’S a breeder that loves his pups!

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I was told by our breeder, that the mom needs to be a Bichon and the dad, the Cavalier Spaniel. That gives them the Bichon coat, which is non-shedding. If the mom is the Cavalier, they will look more like Cavaliers.Maybe this is why some are shedding?

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  • kbc108 says:

    Where did you buy your cavachon?

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    Mollys Mom Replied:

    See above – Briarthorn is a wonderful breeder!

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  • jill says:

    Thinking of getting a Cavachon are they good walkers I walk 3 miles a day could it cope

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    kiara Replied:

    I suggest that the first day you get it you should leav it indoors the next day start to practise your dog will walk but make sure you get some water and rest a few times if this dose not work then bring a carrying bag tohelp

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  • jill says:

    Thinking of getting a cavachon, are they good walkers, walk 4 miles a day, could it cope

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I bring my two hiking 4, 000 footers in the white mountains in NH and they do very well. They are just happy doing whatever we are.

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  • Suzanne says:

    My Cavachon Cosmo turned 1 earlier this month, he is completely house broke and I can leave him home alone for up to five hours and he dose fine. As far as shedding goes I notice if his hair gets to long he will start to she’d a little, but one thing that helps with this problem is brushing him, which I do at least twice a week. He loves it and it takes care of those few loose hairs he might have otherwise left on the floor or furniture. He is the best little dog I have ever owned, loving and just a joy to be with.

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  • Helen says:

    Hi,
    We have our gorgeous cavachon, Charlie, 2 weeks now. Our problem is that he is constantly scratching. It’s very upsetting sometimes. We have taken him to the vet who could see no signs of fleas, tics or mange. He does have what looks like cradle cap on his tummy. The vet gave us an antibiotic for him and his tummy has started to clear up but he is at his ears and back paws now. He is 10 weeks old. I hate seeing him like this.
    Did anyone else have this problem?

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    Winkie's mom Replied:

    Our little girl Winkie itches and scratches all day long. I started thinking it was anxiety because if you leave her for 20 seconds (No joke) she will cry and use the bathroom in anger.
    We took her in to see the vet the other day because her ears were smelling and she has a yeast/bacteria infection.
    She’s been on meds for about 4 days. We do not take her outside except for appointments or on the patio because she hasn’t had all of her shots. We treated her for flea just in case. She was eating Royal Canin and today I’m switching to Ultra because it doesn’t have as much allergy causing ingredients. The vet said that the ear infections could be a food allergy.

    The Cavalier side has some skin issues which I’m not sure could be causing the issue. I am praying that after her meds are gone that the itching will stop because it makes me so sad. If she plays with her toys and running and jumping then she doesn’t scratch, this is why i was thinking it was anxiety or her nerves.

    I hope you can get the scratching under control because it’s really bothersome.

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    Winkie's mom Replied:

    Meant to say that Winkie scratches all of the time except when engaged in play. She is a rough player and can jump like no other. She is three and a half months old.

    Also wanted to add that Winkie can trear up some toys like a wild dog. She is very strong would but it’s sweet as can be.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I had a bichon that had food allergies and scratched all the time and I found a natural product called Fresh Factors and as long as I gave her a couple of those every day she didn’t scratch all or have ear infections. It is completely natural with no side effects.

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    Julia Replied:

    I would definitely think about the yeast possibility and dog food issue. We feed our little guy The Honest Kitchen human grade dehydrated food. A friend of ours who’s a holistic vet recommended it for our dogs.

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  • Anonymous says:

    What’s a fully grown Cavachon in height and at what age does dey reach dat stage

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  • Jessica says:

    My cavachon Martha is 9 months old and she sheds really badly if I don’t vacuum daily there is big clumps of fur rolling around my floors :( . She also came in to heat a started bleeding 16 days ago and is still bleeding now is this natural as I thought it was 7 days give or take a few?

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    Lori Replied:

    As far as the shedding goes, if she is suddenly shedding more than before, she is probably shedding her puppy fur and getting her adult coat. We went through that for a while and we have almost no shedding now. I have hardwood floors so I would definitely notice!
    I cannot comment on your other question as I do not have a female and never went through that. A call to your vet with your concern is the best thing to do.

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  • Pat says:

    My Cavachon is sweet and loving and does not shed at all, however she is 18 months and still has accidents. She has proven she can hold it for a long time but it seems as if she sometimes she just doesn’t care. I have her in doggy diapers to prevent a smelly house. Any suggestions on her potty issues?

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    Lori Replied:

    I would suggest going back to the basics of training. Take her out regularly and give her a treat and praise her highly when she potties outside. Keep this up, extending the amount of time between “outings.” Plus, if you have found she has gone inside the house and catch her – that is the important part – scold her “no” and immediately take her outside. Hopefully she will go again so that you can give her praise and reward her for going in the proper place.
    The only other thing I can think of, is, have you taught her what to do when she has to go potty? Does she know to go to the door? Does she bark to get your attention and wait there? Do you use the same door all of the time?

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  • Brian Parks says:

    Does anyone have experience with a heart murmur in a cavachon puppy?

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Yes,our little Hero ism10 weeks old,and he has a heart murmur.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    One of the health issues with cavaliers is mitral valve problems.

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  • Kayleen says:

    I love our Cavachon – Holly. She is a year and a half old. The one thing I am very disappointed in is the shedding! We had a maltese and a yorkie before and they didn’t shed at all. One of the reasons we chose the Cavachon breed is because all of the breeders claim they don’t shed. Holly sheds like mad. We have hard wood floors and have to vacuum up the hair every other day! Our clothes get covered every day with her hair. I have been using the Furminator brush that is supposed to take out all of the dead hair and i could do that every day and still get a ton of hair. We love her like crazy – but aren’t looking forward to the years of hair all over everything. Of course, we love her enough to deal with it, I would just warn everyone that they do shed no matter what the breeders say!

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    Anonymous Replied:

    It’s probably the Cavalier in her. We have a pure bred Cavalier. She sheds less than when she was a puppy. Often stress is a factor. If she is stressed (like going to the vet or being frightened) she can drop her hair immediately. In a way it is really amazing. Then she will go weeks with almost no shedding. Our bichon never shed.

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  • karen says:

    Has anyone else have a problem with your cavachon’s eyes. Every once in awhile her eye will get like a bubble in it, like it swells in the lower part of her eye· It goes away usually overnight before I can get her to the vet. Has anyone else had this problem?

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    Lori Replied:

    Hi Karen – I have not ever noticed this happen. I was wondering if you have asked the vet about it?
    Maybe you could try getting a picture the next time it happens and if it goes away quickly, as usual, you would be able to show it to the vet the next time you are there.
    Please let us know what you find out for future reference for all of us :)

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Cavaliers can be prone to cherry eye … does it look anything like that?

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  • emily morgan says:

    my dog wants to eat poop. we have some feral cats around the condo area and I think this is the poop that attracts her. is there anything I can do. she is always on a leash outside when we walk so I can get her away from it but is very worrisome. she is on holistic food which she loves. could this be a vitamin deficiency? will also talk to the vet when we visit this month.

    thanks,

    Emily and sweetie pie

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    Lori Replied:

    Hi Emily,
    I am glad you wrote and let me know your dog’s age (for other’s reading this, she is 3 months old.) I don’t think that her “poop attraction” is signaling any kind of a problem. It is actually quite common among puppies. Kasey did the same thing when he was young and it drove me crazy – he was eating his own poop if I did not get him away fast enough plus whatever else he found lying around! Thankfully, it was a phase that did not last terribly long. He outgrew it completely! Do check with your vet still, but I really doubt that there is any problem.

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    Liz Mears Replied:

    Hello Lori and Emily.
    I am a new Cavachon owner from the UK. Mojo our 13 week old puppy started eating his poo a few days after we got him. It was quite hilarious trying to scoop it before he ate it as he had a habit of running along the inside of a hedge in a cavity between the hedge and fence. I could be seen bobbing along and crouching down to see where the little terror was squatting. Thankfully within a couple of weeks he stopped eating it. I looked it up on the Internet, and it’s a habit they get off their Mother’s who clean up any litter mess. Natural instinct apparently to stop predators smelling the litter. Xx

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  • Natalie dabbs says:

    Have had my Cavachon for 1 month she is 7 months old when I got her I noticed a tiny bald spot on her back but in the last few days there are lots of bald patches. There does seen to be a fine hair on the bald patches but looks strange is this normal?

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I would definitely be concerned about that cuz skin problems can signal internal issue. I would (1) Google “my dog has bald spots” and (2) call a vet & ask what it could be. I have found that you can often get info from a vet over phone without going in & paying for visit, at least enough info to let you decide if you want/should go in. Keep us updated.

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  • Kristen says:

    Our Cavachon just turned 3 months old. She is the joy of our life! We have 1 problem. Sophie is making a kinf of “hacking” sound in her throat. This happens when she is on a walk ( I make sure I am not pulling the leash), or when she is eating (again, I make sure she is not eating too fast), or as she is waking up…very concerning. The vet did a Barium swallow & chest x-ray. The barium swallow was normal. The chest x-ray showed an unusually large heart. She said that was not anything to be concerned about. I hope & pray our little Sophie is OK. Anyone had this problem?

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    Lori Replied:

    I really hope your little Sophie is OK, too. Let us know what you find out. Hopefully it is something that will come to pass. Best Wishes :)

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Have your vet check the trachia also. We just lost a Maltese, similar problems. Now, our Maltese was 10 years old, but he had an enlarged heart, and a collasping trachia.

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  • VickyHolloway says:

    Oh, that gives me hope. Our Bella is 13 weeks and sheds quite a bit too. I thought i must have been just unlucky on the shedding front. She looks really cavalier like, everyone who meets her thinks she is a CKCS. I then met a woman who said that cavalier don’t shed that much, so I thought I must have been doubly unlucky with the shedding, lol. Hopefully it might get a litte better when she’s bigger.

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