A cross between two small breeds, the Cavachon is a lively, affectionate, and playful little dog. This breed comes from the crossing of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise with the hopes that he will inherit the best characteristics from both. Though you cannot make exact predictions about a mixed breed dog, the Cavachon is generally a friendly family companion who gets along well with children and other dogs. This breed is not overly active and their small size makes them adaptable to apartment and condo life. If you’re in the market for a small-breed dog that will fit into your family life, the Cavachon may be one to consider.
Fun Facts About the Cavachon
- With its Bichon Frise blood, the Cavachon typically sheds less than the average dog but his coat may not be as hypoallergenic as the parent breed’s.
- Though he is a lively and playful breed, the Cavachon is not overly active – he would be completely content to spend the day lazing on the couch with you by his side.
- The Cavachon is not recognized by the American Kennel Club but he is recognized by various hybrid and designer dog registries.
Coat and Appearance
As a mixed breed, it is difficult to make accurate predictions about how a litter of Cavachons will turn out. The only way to know what your dog will look like as an adult is to wait for him to grow up! A combination of two small breeds, the Cavachon can be expected to remain fairly small. Both parent breeds achieve an average weight up to 18 pounds, so you should expect your Cavachon to achieve a mature weight in that range as well. In terms of height, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a little taller than Bichon Frise, but the average height range for the breed is about 10 to 13 inches.
In terms of appearance, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise have similar body types. They are both small dogs, though only the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is classified as a toy breed, with round heads and long floppy ears. Both breeds have round, dark eyes and dark noses. The Bichon Frise is known for his curly white coat while the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel exhibits a combination of colors. There are actually four coat colors for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Blenheim, tricolor, ruby, and black-and-tan. The Blenheim variety is chestnut and white, the tricolor is black and white with tan points, the ruby is solid red, and the black and tan is black with tan points. As a combination of these two breeds, the Cavachon typically exhibits a dual-color or tri-color coat, though most dogs have a good deal of white in their coats with black, tan, or apricot colored markings.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a medium-length, silky coat with feathering on the chest, legs, feet, tail, and ears. The Bichon Frise’s coat is fairly long, but it is tightly curled and dense. The Cavachon’s coat may vary in length from one litter to another, but most dogs exhibit some degree of waviness or curl in their coats. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sheds moderately but the Bichon Frise sheds minimally. You can expect your Cavachon to shed to some degree, but it may be less than the average for most dog breeds.
- Pedigree: Mixed breed, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise
- Other Names: None
- Height: 10 to 13 inches
- Weight: 10 to 18 pounds
- Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
- Intelligence: Moderate
- Trainability: Moderate
- Exercise Needs: Moderate
- Shedding: Low
- Good with Kids: Yes
- Good with Dogs: Yes
- Good with Pets: Yes
- Info From www.pawster.com