Cavachon Puppies are lovable, gentle and teddy bear-like companion dogs that will melt your heart! They will follow you around the house, curl up onto your lap when you sit on the couch, and be waiting for you by your bedside in the morning when you wake up. Just being with you is all they need to be happy.
Are Cavachons Quiet?
These tender little dogs are quiet for the most part, but like most dogs, if they see another animal in your backyard, they’ll bark to establish their territory. They are alert to unusual noises from outside your home, but are also good-natured so will not continue to bark at a stranger.
Cavachons and Other Pets
Cavachon pups are tolerant of other pets. Don’t be surprised to find your puppy taking a nap curled up to your cat! Other dogs will warm up to your puppy soon enough because of her friendly nature.
Cavachons are playful animals so will get along with young children as long as they are treated well and not played with too roughly. They get along best with older children that have been taught how to treat a dog respectfully.
This breed has been blessed with intelligence. Your puppy will easily learn to tell the difference between her toys. Tell her to go get her ball, and she’ll actually bring it back. With a little puppy training, you can teach her basic dog commands like “sit, lay, turn around,” and “give me your paw.”
Cavachon Coats and Shedding
Cavachons usually have beautiful silky soft coats, with some waves. Their coats can get long (3-5 inches) or matted so may require regular brushing. They are low shedding dogs good for people with dander allergies.
If you are lucky enough to get your Cavachon dog as a puppy, she will grow into the fabric of your family easily and make a wonderful pet for years to come.
The Cavachon is considered a “designer” or hybrid dog. It is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise.
The name Cavachon is made by combining the “Cava” in Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, with the “chon” in Bichon Frise.
The Cavachon breed first originated in the United States around 1996.
Not a Purebred
Cavachons are not purebred dogs, but rather hybrids. This actually makes them sought after even more because they have fewer health problems than purebreds.
Less inbreeding = healthier dogs
Inbreeding amongst purebred dogs for hundreds of years in the same gene pools have created illnesses like cancers and bone diseases. Cavachons are bred between purebred lines creating a brand new gene pool (scientifically called “hybrid vigor”). This results in fewer diseases and healthier animals such as the Cavachon breed.
10 important things to know about Cavachon puppies:
- During the first 6 months, the Cavachons coat grows fast and long. First grooming is recommended by 4 months of age.
- They will shed quite a bit in the first few months as they lose their puppy coat, but then grow a permanent low shed type of coat as an adult Cavachon. Regular brushing will keep it soft and smooth and remove dander from beneath the coat.
- Puppies lose their baby teeth and get new ones, so they’ll chew quite a bit. Expect this and help them by providing chew toys.
- Remove stuffed animals or pillows that they will try to rip open and give your Cavachon puppy a chew toy made or rubber instead. Some trainers recommend deer antlers for teething. Rawhide chews are not recommended because they can be poisonous since they are made from cattle raised on antibiotics and they are sometimes bleached or treated with lye.
- Cavachon puppies, like most puppies, need lots of organized structure, so they don’t learn bad habits that may be with them a lifetime. The earlier the pup is introduced to obedience training the more effective the results will be.
- They are small dogs that will grow to a height of about 12 inches as an adult Cavachon.
- Cavachon puppies will weigh 4-5 pounds at 8 weeks. Toy-sized adult Cavachons range from 8 to 15 pounds. Standard-sized from 15 to 22 pounds.
- The most common color of a Cavachon’s coat is white with apricot patches, but other color patterns include white, black and sable (light brown).
- Cavachon puppy breeders will charge $500 – $1,500 or more, depending on size.
- If you find a Cavachon for sale online and buy from a breeder across the country, it has to be at least 8 weeks old to be shipped on a plane and is shipped as cargo according to the airline\’s rules. Some breeders will pay for shipping, but it is not uncommon to pay an additional $250 to ship your new Cavachon puppy.
Cavachons are very rare and hard to find. Breeder records show that in comparison, Labradors are 600 times more common than Cavachons. Given this fact, Cavachon puppy breeders charge a high premium and waiting lists with reputable Cavachon breeders are long. If you really want one, you may want to consider looking for an adult Cavachon.
Adult Cavachons are easier to find because people who do not want to care for the older Cavachon will give it up to a Cavachon rescue. Some Cavachons can be found that are still in their late puppy stages, so training can still be done.
Cavachon Health issues
The average lifespan of a Cavachon dog is about 12 years. As your Cavachon ages into adulthood, she may develop the same health issues as her purebred parents. As mentioned above, inbreeding over centuries of the Cavalier King Charles and Bichon Frise parents has created a smaller gene pool and resulted in diseases to be present in many of their offspring.
Some health problems found by breeders of Cavachons include:
- Eye problems / infections,
- Heart disease
- Infections of the long drop ears
Screening of the adult Cavachon by a reputable veterinarian can prevent you from buying a sick dog. Once you own your Cavachon, regular vet visits can prevent many diseases and detect potential future health problems. The Cavachon is not any more likely than other dogs to develop health issues, so no need to be overly concerned.
While the coat of a first generation Cavachon (bred from a purebred Cavalier King Charles and a purebred Bichon Frise) is silky smooth and low-shed, breeders have not found this to be true of second generation Cavachons (bred from two first generation Cavachons). Cavachon breeders have noted that the coat of second generation Cavachons sometimes comes in rougher than the parent and sheds more.
The low shed coat of the Cavachon is a major consideration for a lot of potential buyers. Keep this in mind if you find a Cavachon for sale and are thinking of breeding it in the future. The coat of the offspring may not be as smooth as the parent Cavachon that you own.
If you are not fond of grooming, the Cavachon may not be the dog for you. The parent Bichon and parent Cavalier both have coats that require constant care, and they pass this trait down to their offspring the Cavachon. The Cavalier especially has a coat that is constantly growing.
The Cavachon needs daily brushing to keep the coat from matting. Comb outs and trimming is also needed at least once a month. The area around your Cavachon’s eyes will need trimming to keep from staining the coat.
Reasons why an adult Cavachon makes a good apartment dog:
- The standard adult Cavachon will top out at about 20 pounds and 13 inches high (even smaller if it’s a Toy Cavachon).
- A crate in the corner of a kitchen serves as a secure sleeping spot.
- They are easy going dogs, they’ll play with you, but they’re not hyper.
- They are just as happy sitting on the back of a sofa as they are running around a yard.
- They are not yappy dogs, only barking at unusual sounds.
- They’re good sleepers, and sleep soundly for many hours.
- They require little exercise, a walk around the block once a day will be fine.
Cavachons are a gentle and affectionate breed. They show a strong desire to please their owners.
The Cavachon temperament works well with children of most ages and they are very tolerable of play with small children, who may treat them a little rough.
Family pets get along with the Cavachon whether they are other dogs or even cats.
Traits from both parents
As they are a hybrid or mixed breed of the Bichon Frise and the Cavalier King Charles, the Cavachon personality will show traits from both parent types. It is a good idea to read up on the personality and temperament of the Bichon Frise and the Cavalier King Charles for this reason.
Here are a few traits of each:
Bichon Frise Temperament:
- The AKC (American Kennel Club) Standard calls the Bichon Frise “a white powder puff of a dog whose merry temperament is evidenced by his plumed tail carried jauntily over the back and his dark-eyed inquisitive expression.”
- They are an easy to live with, happy and pleasant dog that enjoys playing games.
- He may show an independent streak, but is certainly not a dominant dog or guard dog.
- Can be obedience trained easily but prefers to learn tricks.
- Three problems with Bichon Frise behavior are housebreaking issues, trouble being alone for more than a few hours, and a high-pitched bark that can get on your nerves.
Cavalier King Charles Temperament:
- Affectionate, happy, patient, and non-threatening, are the main traits of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This makes them a good dog for young children and senior citizens alike.
- They like to chase other animals, which is bred into their purebred genes as hunting dogs. This can be trouble because they will chase cars or bikes and not respond to their owner calling them back. Keep them on a leash.
- Like the Bichon Frise, the Cavalier King Charles breed also has issues with separation anxiety and does not like to be left alone.
Cavachon Puppy House Training
It’s essential to know how to raise a puppy so that house-training is easy. No one wants a barky, hyper, high energy small breed dog that needs constant attention. The best small dog is one that requires low maintenance, is easy to teach and housebreak, and one that is not too large so you can save dollars and minimize health issues that come with larger dogs.
Sometimes, small dogs bark noisily for no reason or are too energetic and hyper. This can wear on the nerves of family members and create resentment. At this point the dog may be given up to a rescue shelter.
The Cavachon puppy has one of the most delightful personalities of any dog you’ll find. They are affectionate and sweet natured and very smart, so easy to train.
They are for the most part a very quiet breed, not a barker and not hyper.
They love to cuddle & are fantastic pets for children of all ages.
Cavachons have the heart of a larger dog, confident, and they’ll quickly join in just about any family activity, from swimming to playing, to going for a ride in the car, or just sitting on your lap on the couch while you watch a movie.
Some Cavachon breeders will include the cost of airline shipping in the price of your puppy, but most do not. You can expect to pay up to $300 for shipping. This price should include:
- Health certificate.
- Rabies certificate (if your Cavachon puppy is old enough to get the vaccine).
- Airfare within the continental United States.
- Pet crate airline approved.
- Scented cloth from the pups mother and litter mates to calm your pooch during transit.
Cavachon breeders may refuse to ship puppies too far as the long travel time is not good for 8 week-old pups. In these cases, if you find a Cavachon for sale from a breeder located so far away, you’ll have to fly to the destination and bring the puppy back with you in the cabin, so you can keep an eye on him.
Reputable Cavachon breeders will be prepared to take payment by major credit card or PayPal. If they ask for cash or a cheque, that is a red flag and you may want to think twice.
Online Cavachon Breeders
Many breeders of Cavachons will set up a website to sell their puppies. You’ll have to judge for yourself, but here are a few guidelines to consider when you come across one of these sites:
- How old is the site? – look for an archive of articles that are dated. Is the site at least a year old? Does the breeder state how long they have been in business? More established Cavachon breeders will generally have a better reputation.
- Are there testimonials? – any honest breeder selling puppies will post testimonial letters from happy customers. Read through them to find out if past customers are satisfied with their treatment, or if they had any problems. Make sure there are more than a few testimonials also.
- Pictures, lots of pictures – not just pictures of the dogs for sale, but look for pictures of their location where they breed. Does it look clean? Do the puppies have room? If not, the breeder may be running something closer to a puppy mill than a legitimate dog breeding business.
- Articles – does the breeder post helpful articles about the care and treatment of dogs? Or is it all just buy buy buy? If there is no effort put into the site, it may have been put up just as a selling tool and the breeder is not really interested in the well-being of his puppies.
- Information – is the site complete with everything you need to know about buying a Cavachon online? Is information missing or incomplete? Again, this may be a sign that the breeder is not a career breeder. He may be just taking advantage of the current high demand for Cavachon dogs and is just looking for the next sale.
Gleneden Cavachon may be the most reputable Cavachon breeder online.
They are located in Virginia, just outside Washington D.C. Their website states that they were:
“…the very first breeder of Cavachons. In fact, we coined the name.”
That may be true given that they were first to register the domain name for their website, www.cavachon.com. A Google search indicates the website was established in 2002, so Gleneden has been around for a long time.
Their site contains many pages of testimonial letters and photos of happy Cavachon owners who have bought puppies from Gleneden. The testimonials are also up to date, most are from recent months over the past two years.
Their site provides useful information regarding their facilities stating:
“…state-of-the-art in terms of features for care, safety and comfort. Professionally cleaned and sterilized daily, high-tech insulated- ventilated, zone heated and air-conditioned, no corners cut – period.”
Gleneden also breeds Labradoodles and Goldendoodles. Like the Cavachon, Labradoodles are hybrids also. They are created by crossing the Poodles (Standard, Miniature or Toy) with the Labrador Retriever.
Gleneden Labradoodle information can be found at www.labradoodles.com which has been registered since the year 2000. Their website is almost identical in setup to their Cavachon website with many testimonials and information about Labradoodles.
Gleneden does not list prices for their dogs on their websites; however, given their stellar reputation and professionalism, you can expect to pay a premium in return for a quality dog.
Another online Cavachon breeder of note is Foxglove Cavachon. They are located on a farm in Lucas Ohio, about 50 miles south west of Cleveland.
They have been online since September 2010, and can be located at www.foxglovecavachonpuppies.com.
Their website boasts many pictures and testimonials from happy clients in recent years.
Foxglove Cavachon prices
Foxglove Cavachon has a listing of available Cavachon puppies on their website with prices listed. The prices range from $1500 to $4500. They don’t say exactly how they price their dogs, but it appears that the smaller Toy Cavachon varieties are in the higher price range of $3500-$4500.
The photography on their site is gorgeous, lots of close-ups showing cute Apricot and Sable colored faces. It’s hard not to fall in love with a Cavachon there, if you can handle the premium price.
Because of the Cavachons popularity as a cute designer dog, and the high price they can fetch as puppies, dog rescues see more and more Cavachons every day. Specifically, there probably are no Cavachon Rescues per say, but rather dog rescues that take in Cavachons.
Puppy mill operators know the value of Cavachons, so they will try to acquire them for breeding. Luckily, there are decent people, mostly volunteers and dog lovers who will responsibly take in unwanted Cavachons and nurse them back to health.
Why are Cavachons found in shelters?
- Some owners find Cavachon puppies difficult to train.
- Cavachon coats must be groomed on a regular timetable.
- The honeymoon period ends and owners are faced with actually taking care of a dog, and they decide to give it up.
Reputable Dog Rescues
If you find a rescue that offers Cavachons, keep these points in mind:
- Most rescues operate as non-profits or charities, so if they are charging especially high prices, they may be more of a puppy mill than a rescue.
- They should not offer a Cavachon until it is free from any sickness and is back to good health, healthy weight etc.
- The rescue should provide you with a record of vaccinations and spay or neutering.
- A reputable rescue will come to your home to check that you are able to raise your dog properly.
- Rescues will have you sign an adoption contract that states they will take the dog back if you change your mind.
If you really want a dog, try not to just fall in love with their gorgeous face. Realize that a Cavachon is a dog and requires time and care just like any other dog.
Yes, they are smarter than your average breed, but training takes effort on the part of the owner. All dogs resist training to some extent, so you have to be patient. If you can’t see yourself giving a puppy several hours per week for training, or if you don’t a have a family support network to help, then maybe a Cavachon puppy isn’t for you.