Breed of the Day – Cavachon
Since boarding dogs at my home for about two years now, I have had the pleasure of taking care of many breeds and one of those are the Cavachon.
The Cavachon is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. They are a very sweet and loving dog and make great family pets. They are good with children and other animals. Since they are a hybrid and have not been standardized as a purebred, their characteristics can vary, but these traits seem to be very common.
Cavachon’s are very adaptable hybrid dogs who live well in an apartment or a house. They tend to bark at strangers, but are otherwise fairly quiet dogs. They are very people-oriented, so leaving them alone for long periods can result in destruction from anxiety. Crate-training your dog can be helpful, but be prepared to include them in family life as much as possible. Giving your dog enough exercise will also help. They are a very smart breed, able to quickly pick up on many tricks and follow obedience training very well.
The Cavachon has the overall look of a bigger dog, so the adorableness of his big eyes, little nose, and furry ears are tempered a bit. Some look more like a Bichon while others look more like a King Charles spaniel, but this hybrid dog definitely has a look of his own. Their coat is very fluffy, thick, and 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 their having longer and thicker hair than other dog breeds, they shed very little. The coloration of their fur can vary, but are usually shades of white or brown. Spotting is very common in this dog breed. Some may have excessive tearing, which could affect their vision, and they may need to have their tear ducts flushed at the vet periodically. They can weigh anywhere between 10 to 30 pounds. (dogster.com)
For the most part, the Cavachon is a healthy breed. In many cases, crossbred dogs are less likely to develop congenital conditions than purebred dogs simply because the gene pool is much larger. That is not to say that they are not prone to developing certain conditions – all breeds have the potential to be affected by a number of different diseases. Some of the conditions most likely to affect the Cavachon include ear infections, heart murmur, eye problems, and flea allergies. (petguide.com)
We always enjoy our time with Cookie and he has become best bud’s with our little Ginger. Below are some pictures of Cookie, one of my favorite clients.
Do you own a Cavachon? Feel free to share your Cavachon story!