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.

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  • Mia says:

    Hi, i have been doing loads of research into what dog i would like.I have fallen on love with this bread but i have one main concern. I work from home doing beauty treatments. It works well that the dog wont be on its own all day but when i am with my client i need a quite dog. do you find cavachons quite? or clever enough to be trained to not bark?
    Thank you

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    Anonymous Replied:

    My cavachon is very quite. I’ve only heard him bark 5 times in his life. He growls a lot when petted tho

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Sorry I forgot to add that he growls a lot when petted because he is very affectionate

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  • anon says:

    I have a 6 month old cavachon and was wondering if anyone knows how I can get him to go to the toilet when out on a walk and not when we get back home? Also he’s very playful and doesn’t seem to understand when no means no, has anyone got any tips?

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I have a 4 month old cavachon boy and we made sure that as soon as he has ate or woke up in the morning we took him out for a walk until he went outside! It took a while but once he did it and we gave him treats and praise he does it regularly now! You will get there!

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  • Johnymcdwgrz says:

    Does anyone out there do agility with Cavachons???

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  • nikki says:

    We bought a 12 week old cavachon and have since had some concerns about the breeder (signs that he may have been bred at a puppy farm and then sold from a family home). His mum was a cavachon (who we saw) and was told his dad was a bichon. Anyway he is lovely and now part of the family. He has got thick fur on his legs and chest and facially looks like a cavachon but he has fine, rough hair on his back. Is this normal, as im now wondering about his parentage.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Hi. I have a one year old cavachon, he sounds similar to yours at 12 weeks old. This is just his puppy fur on his back. Once he had been groomed the first time his fur grew back very thick.
    Gaynor

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    Anonymous Replied:

    To breed a cavachon you cant have a parent be a cavachon. Bichon mother and a King Charles father is the typical lineage.

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  • Anonymous says:

    I agree. My boy, McGee, is very protective of me and barks often. He’s also very particular about who he lets in our house. Once he’s satisfied I’m safe, he’s all lo e. The barking and personality are per dog.

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  • Jan says:

    we got Wilson at three months, and he’s now three years old. He’s the most loving character, intelligent, fun and a great companion for my retired husband. He is friendly towards others, gentle with children and has never shown any inclination towards aggression. He sometimes leaves his food for a day – we don’t worry as we know he’ll eat when ready, even though he’s definitely at or even beyond the upper size range and you’d think he’d eat more (we too thought he’d be smaller, but wouln’t change a thing). Loves carrots, apples and orange segments as a treat. Good off the lead because does get anxious if he can’t see me – I just walk off calling “this way” and he’ll come racing back. Charms everybody he meets, and we couldn’t have made a better choice.

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    Tasia Replied:

    Hi everyone, my husband was wondering if he can walk the cavachon 2-3 miles in the evening, 3 to 4 days a week. He also wonders if the dog’s mouth can fit a tennis ball so they can play, like a bigger dog with the kids versus a lap type dog. I have never owned a dog, I like the size of the cavachon and that its relatively hypoallegetic. We are trying to make a decision.

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    Ginny Replied:

    I walk Doug most days and you can’t wear him out so I think walking a couple of miles would be okay. Doug loves to play by chasing a ball or other toy. His mouth is too small for a regular size tennis ball but they have smaller versions of them. Doug is friendly and active and loves to follow me around the house. Cavachon’s need to be around people or other dogs, not alone. He likes to lay in the same chair or area with me but not on my lap.

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    anon Replied:

    I have a cavachon puppy and he is 6 month old, he is very friendly but was wondering if anyone had any training tips to basic behaviour such has understanding when no means no and anyone know how I could get him to go to the toilet whilst we are on a walk and not when we get back home?

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  • Marlene says:

    when there is an order coming from an animal’s ear it usually means there is an infection. The vet will know.

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  • Sabier says:

    My Cavachon Oakley is exactly the opposite of what this says because Oak is very fat, he rarely likes to play and really likes to sleep under my bed by himself rather than with me or my dog Luke. He isn’t very intelligent, doesn’t have that much energy(only when we take a walk on the farm with Luke will he get excited), and is very fat. He does like to entertain himself with a chew toy for an hour and rips it up and takes all the stuffing out until he can find the squeaky noise and likes to wrestle with Luke and sit on my lap.

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    judith Replied:

    Hi

    I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question but I have would like to know the eating habbits of a cavachon. I have a cavachon (Mickey). He is 18 months old and he has eaten hardly anything for 4 days. He is active, he still enjoys walking and playing.He is drinking and and when he does go to the toilet it is ‘normal’. He is not vomiting and apart from not eating he is not showing any other signs of being unwell. What would other owners recommend?

    Thanks

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Hi my wee one is called angel, sometimes she won’t eat for a few days then other times she eats normal. She loves raw meat best of all and chewing on raw bones. She is 15 months old and a joy to have. Hope this helps

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  • Carolyn says:

    Try adding a tablespoon of water to it then wait like 10 minutes to give it to her. Some just prefer the softer texture. This was recommended to me by my vet.

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  • Marybeth says:

    I believe my guy would do the same, either that or try to play with the bear. …..

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  • Anonymous says:

    My Waylon is aleays behind the wheel when I return from a store. He secretly wants to be the driver too

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  • Martha says:

    Yes, contrary to popular belief, both sexes will do this as youngsters….don’t worry!

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  • Mary says:

    My Katie does not like to eat out of the bowl for some reason,so we put her food on a plate and likes that much better

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  • Mary says:

    My 7 month old does the same thing,I get worried something wrong,but like you said will start to eating in a day or so .i gave her boiled chicken she loves that and sometimes a raw carrot but can be very picky about what she eats .i hope this was some what a help.

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  • Ally says:

    How do I train my cavachon????? She is a wild fun loving dog but she won’t use a puppy pad and chews everything!!!!

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    JD Replied:

    We hung a bell on a rope to the back door and the door attached to our garage entrance. Every time we took our dog out to potty, she would hear the bell. After a few days, she learned to associate potty with the sound of the bell. In 2 weeks, she learned to hit the bell with her nose whenever she needed to go outside to potty. After she did her business, we would take her on a 30 mins walk. We started this at 8 weeks and now she’s 3 years old and hasn’t had an accident in years!

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    Anonymous Replied:

    I’m very impressed. Might try that.

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    Caroline Replied:

    Get her a muzzle or just keep giving her something to chew

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  • Allya says:

    My cavachon is 8 months old and I still can’t get her trained. Can anyone tell me how to get her trained. She’s q very playful and lovable puppy who I’m crazy about but my family is getting aggravated with her messes. If you have any ideas, please share. Also, should I train her using puppy pads or by taking her out and walking her? Please help!

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    Anonymous Replied:

    My 11 month old is very food-driven. Vocal encouragement helps but a good treat usually does the trick.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Lots of repetition

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    Anonymous Replied:

    If you want to train quickly, YOU MUST BE CONSISTENT! Even when it is not convenient for you.I had my girl trained in 3wks. This is how I did it.
    1) You must go out every 2 hours. EVERY 2!
    2) Say Go Potty. When they go,REWARD with lots of praise and a treat! (I found that cheese was a winning reward!)
    3) They might not go every time, so only reward if they do.
    4) Feed once in the morning, and once at night…Potty immediately after. Walk on a leash until they go.
    Above all do not get frustrated. The puppy will learn, but only with consistency. That is why every 2 hours is important.That is a lot of trips out in one day, but it takes a lot longer to clean up a mess:)
    Trust me, one day it just happens! 🙂

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    JD Replied:

    We took her to Petco and signed up for puppy training, so worth it! Our class met on Mondays for 1 hour, 3 years later my cavachon is the easiest dog ever! It just takes time and lots of repetition.

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    Caroline Replied:

    Do u mean potty trained or off the leash trained

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  • sian says:

    I have a 20 week old puppy and she scratches all the time. At the vets we only saw one small flea and then the vet flead her and I sprayed the house. She still scratching and I am still getting a couple of bites

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    vik lou Replied:

    I have a 16 week old puppy….who is also prone to a good scratch I was very worried at first and was constantly checking for fleas. At first the vets were telling me it was a yeast infection but then i went back again and they said because of the heat he’s losing moisture so too bathe him in Johnsons baby shampoo and to brush him once a day

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    Mary Replied:

    My cavachon gets very excited when she meets people ,she is 7 months old .
    How do I get her to clam down and stop getting so excited,although she does not with
    My husband and I .she is a very loving dog,loves to lick people.

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  • Erin says:

    We have a 5 year old cavachon named Lily. I adopted her at 6 months old from a lady on craigslist that purchased her from a breeder, but sadly had to rehome her because the older cats in the home would attack the puppy. Lily is very healthy, but does have luxating pattela more commonly known as floating kneecap, which is very common in smaller breed dogs. She also has a grade 1 heart murmur, and cavaliers are known to have some heart problems. Even with the luxating patella and heart murmur our vet says she’s a very healthy and happy little dog. Keep an eye on their ears as well, because those long drop ears love to collect dirt and need cleaning a bit more often to prevent infection. Good luck!

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  • Anonymous says:

    Got 20 0f mine from Foxglove Farms in Ohio
    Range from $1500.00 to $5000.00. But worth every cent.

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  • Ben says:

    Hi all,

    Interested to know the furthest distance your cavachon has been for a walk?

    Taking part in a 20 mile charity walk next week and am thinking of taking Archie along. He’s about 18 months old and like most cavachons, is full of energy. Have taking him running 8 – 10 miles previously and do not expect this to be anything other than a leisurely stroll.

    Obviously he’ll have plenty of rest, food and water and I’m not worried about him covering the distance, just keen to gauge the thoughts of anyone else with similar experience!!

    Thanks, Ben

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    Lauren Replied:

    Hello Ben I don’t think this would be a very good idea on my opinion because it can damage a young a puppy’s bones

    Laure 😉

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Gosh, I think that’s too far for a cavachon really.

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    gill Replied:

    As much as they love too walk, my 1yr5mth old cavachon walked 5 miles every day, But know she has too have an op on her knee due too long walks, so i really think 20 miles is far too long, remember they have little legs.

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    Anonymous Replied:

    Yes, Ben, this is a bit ambitios for such a small dog with short legs!

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  • Diane L. says:

    We bought our cavachon from Century Farms 10 mo. ago! He is a happy, healthy little dog that everyone loves. Very energetic, loves other dogs and especially people. I would give Century Farms a 10!

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  • Nicki, Newquay UK says:

    Hi from ‘across the pond’ – loving this very helpful and fun to read website. We’ve recently adopted AJ our 18 month old Cavachon male and this site has been invaluable as a reference. Never had a dog before because I can be quite badly allergic to some breeds. AJ doesn’t shed at all and happily I have not had any allergic reactions to him. He is a lovely, friendly dog with a terrific character – can’t remember life without him xx I found the info about Apple Cider Vinegar really useful – a couple of drops in his water and a quick wipe of his eyes with a doggie eye wipe pad each day has eliminated his eye stains completely. We have only had AJ for a month and it has been a steep but fun learning curve !! No doubt I will be relying on this site in future – keep up the good work xxxx

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  • Kathi says:

    We have two cavachons, male and female, not related but within 5 days of age. Our Lucy came into heat at 9 months, just about six weeks after her adopted brother was neutered.

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    Char Replied:

    Kathi,

    Do you have tips on raising two cavachon puppies in the same home? I have read negative opinions towards doing so and the possibility of the puppies becoming too attached to each other.

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  • Anonymous says:

    I saw your post and we have a darling cavachon female that is almost two and is ready for her second heat. She was a prize pup bought through Foxglove farms. Her health has been perfect and she is less than 10 pounds.

    We are looking for a great male to breed her to. However, we live in Northwest Arkansas

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  • Chloe says:

    I have a 10 week old Cavachon and she is brilliant with people and pets. She wants to play with anything and everything and sees no harm in anything at all, even when the cat gave her a paw. She’s a little softie but we can’t leave her for 1 minute without her crying. You will need to teach the pup how to be left alone and keep itself entertained, they are very social so I advise for the pup not to be left alone for too long. As for questions, ask if the puppy has been vet checked, look at the eyes, if there is any discharge, ask why; it’s usually because of yeast being fed to the dog. You want an active puppy, go for the one that seems the most playful. The more playful they are, the less likely they are to be ill. Check the food that the breeder has them on, if it’s a low quality food like Bakers or Pedigree, TAKE THE DOG OFF THE FOOD! They will cause many health problems such as cancer, diabetes and other long term fatal health problems. Hope this helped 🙂

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