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.

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245 Responses to “A Cavachon Review”

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jennifer says:

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

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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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  • 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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  • andy says:

    Hi, this is a great site which I stumbled upon while researching the cavachon, I plan to get one in the next few weeks but am curious as to how energetic they are because I would love to teach him tricks and maybe some agility, thanks for taking time to read and possibly to reply to my comment

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    Lori Replied:

    Hi Andy-thanks for the compliment on the site. Sorry I did not see this sooner to respond. Energy is not a problem for Cavachons – at least not mine. Kasey’s favorite “game” is chasing a frisbee and he will do that for as long as I will keep throwing it! He really wants to catch it, but it is just too big. It took him a while to figure out how to pick it up and walk/run with it because of it’s size, but he persevered and figured it out! When we play inside with a ball, he runs it back to us and drops it shortly before reaching us so that it rolls right in to our hands! We call it playing catch 🙂
    He learned commands and tricks very easily as a puppy, I really have not tried anything new lately (except the frisbee game.) I am not to familiar with agility training, so I cannot comment on that.
    Hope this was not too late to help!

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    Jeanette Replied:

    Hi Andy,
    My Cavachon is now 12 months old and most of his tricks were learned by the time he was 12-14 weeks. if you are consistant you can teach him to sit, give the paw, lie down and fetch, very quickly. If he loves treats, then you can get him to do anything! I make Oscar ‘sit’ to put his lead on, ‘lie down or sit’ when i throw a toy and he now will ‘twirl around’ on his back legs if I hold some chicken above his head and move it in a circle. He is so eager to please.
    Recently he jumped on the couch with his wet paws and I told him to ‘get down’, of course he immediately lay down on the couch and looked at me with those beautiful brown eyes. I should have said ‘off’, and by lying down he was only doing what he was told, so I couldn’t get anoyed with him and all I could do was laugh!

    His favourite trick (not mine) is, if I’m sitting on the couch, instead of bring me back the ball or toy and giving it to me, he will bring it back to me but lie down on the floor and push the toy between my feet and under the couch, where I have to get down on on my hands and knees and try and reach it. He then jumps all over me and licks my face!

    I enquired about about agility classes some months ago and was advised that you should wait until your dog is over 12 months, because before that age their bones are still developing and it can cause problems with their joints later on.

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  • Max says:

    Me and my mum bought two cavachon puppies on sunday they are 8 weeks old and one is a boy and one is a girl. The girl is really happy always wagging her tail but is really skinny and lazy and the boy is greedy as he eats his and her dinner and is very enegetic but my question for you is as we are potty training them at the moment and they are doing well but today one of them had diahrea in the cage and they never wee or poo in there so i knew they were ill i think its the boy because when we put him outside for a wee/poo he eats stones and plants i try to stop him but you cant react quick enough but what do you think i should do they are going to the vets in two weeks for there second injection and i will ask him then but what do you think?
    P.s. the boy name is koda and girls is winnie they are bro and sis and they love eachother a lot

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    Lori Replied:

    Hi Max! Congrats on your 2 new additions! I love their names!
    Your opening description of them made me chuckle (skinny and lazy, greedy.) Just like any pair of siblings might be!
    I know what you are saying about eating things outside. Kasey was that way, too. I was always afraid he was going to break teeth on the stones! He outgrew that phase and now limits his “natural diet” to mulch. I worry about that because I have no idea what that stuff might be treated with.
    The only suggestion I might make at this time is to take the 2 “kids” out separately if you are not already doing that. That way you might be able to keep a better eye on Koda. If he puts something in his mouth, take him and tell him to drop it, and if he doesn’t, you’ll have to stick your finger in his mouth to get it out. I suppose you could have little treats that might bribe him to drop it – we used Cheerios or pieces of his regular food for Kasey to reward his good behaviors as a puppy(just be careful not to over-feed, that is why I would sometimes use his food right from what he would have gotten at his meal, somehow getting it handed to him qualified as a treat;) Cavachons do learn quickly, so maybe getting a treat for not eating stones and plants will work eventually. Once they learn the behavior, you don’t have to give treats all the time for most things. They do still love praise at any time for anything good that they do.
    Good Luck and enjoy your new puppies!

    ps I am curious to hear what advice the vet gives you when you go.

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  • Heath says:

    I’m very glad to have found your site today, great reading. We are looking to bring a new puppy into our home this summer, and think we’ve settled on the Cavachon’s, even finding a breeder that will have a litter ready at the right time. I was curious if any of you used Ian Dunbar’s Sirius Puppy Methods with your pups when you brought them home? I’ve done a lot of reading, the methodology certainly seems sound.

    My wife is a teacher, so we are waiting until the first week school is out so she and my 4 year old son will be home consistently for the first couple of months to lay a solid groundwork for training.

    I’m thrilled to have found a site that wasn’t all about the evil of “designer” breeds, and that this type of dog might really be the right fit for a family like ours. Many Thanks.

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