The Cavachon: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel And Bichon Frise Mix
The Cavachon is a mix of the majestic Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the Bichon Frise.
The Cavachon is a gentle breed who loves to play, making a great family pet. We love the Cavachon because of their loyal, friendly demeanor, and their bright personality.
Their low-shed coat and small size make the Cavachon the perfect companion for homes of all sizes, and their training in our Puppy Training Institute ensures they will be ready to join your family.
Our Cavachons come from some of the top King Charles Spaniels and Bichon Frise parents in the world, and our pups exhibit the best characteristics of both parent breeds. You’re going to love the Cavachon!
History and Essential Information About The Cavachon
As mentioned above, the Cavachon is a mix of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. They are typically referred to as a hybrid, or designer breed.
Below are some key points on the history of the Cavachon:
- The first Cavachons were bred in 1996 by a breeder in Iowa.
- The Cavachon is a mixed/hybrid breed, and as such is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), but is instead registered through the American Canine Hybrid Club.
- The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel originates in the United Kingdom, and the Bichon Frise originates in Spain, while its popularity began in France.
The Cavachon lifespan can be anywhere from 10-18 years, though 12-13 is a fair expectation. They are known to be a particularly healthy hybrid, which is a result of the superior genetics from both parent breeds being dominant (particularly when the parents are hand-picked for their health, as they are with all our litters). We imported every one of our Cavaliers and Bichons from Europe to have a greater genetic diversity. Each of our parents have generations of health clearances so we expect them to live much longer than the average.
Cavachon Personality Traits
The Cavachon is known for their playful and friendly demeanor. They can be rather curious, and can express a good amount of confidence despite their size.
If you enjoy dogs that like to play, the Cavachon is a perfect fit. They are lively and love having fun! But on the flip side, the Cavachon sleeps just as hard as they play, and are content to rest on or next to you for hours at a time if necessary. They love the affection and security of nuzzling up next to their owners.
You will find that the Cavachon has a certain level of dependability and loyalty, and this can lead to issues with separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods of time. On the other hand, they are not a high maintenance dog, and mostly just desire your presence to maintain their joyfulness.
The Cavachon is wonderful around children and other pets, but if possible, it’s best to introduce them to others and provide proper socialization at an early age. For this reason, we put extra emphasis on our socialization program in our Puppy Training Institute.
Every Recherche Cavachon is trained early to be comfortable around others, both the pet and human variety!
Coat and Appearance of the Cavachon
The Cavachon can come in a large variety of different colors, including both solid and mixed colors. But typically, you will find them in two color and three color variations such as sable and white, black and white, or apricot and white.
The Cavachon can grow as tall as 15 inches, but typically gets to around 12 inches or so, which is consistent with both parent breeds as well. A typical weight can be anywhere from 8 to 18 pounds, though it’s not uncommon for them to grow larger. Here at Recherche Cavs, each of our imported Cavaliers are smaller than many American Cavaliers. Our Bichons are also very small. We specialize in producing mostly smaller Cavachons that will get under 12 inches and many times under 10 lbs full grown.
One of the best features of the Cavachon is their mostly hypoallergenic coat. This makes them great for those with allergies. Their coat is usually wavy or curly, and quite silky, and can be medium to long in length. A 3 to 4 times per week brushing schedule is recommended to maintain a healthy coat.
Health and Care of the Cavachon
The Cavachon is a relatively healthy breed, which is common with hybrids. They can still experience many common health issues, such as heart disease, ear infections, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and others. But in general, you will find major health issues very uncommon with proper exercise and eating.
A typical Cavachon only needs around 30 minutes of exercise each day, though they will gladly play longer than this, of course! In addition, normal playtime around the house is recommended to keep them interested and sharp.
It is important to maintain a consistent diet for the Cavachon. Their smaller size means that even small fluctuations in weight can have noticeable effects on their temperament and health. A higher calorie density food is essential as well. The Cavachon has a high metabolism and requires more calories per pound than most breeds, along with larger amounts of protein.
Small breeds such as the Cavachon tend to have much more extreme reactions to unexpected changes in diet, or lack of proper nutrition.