- SIZE: 2
- GROOMING:: 6
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 6
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 9
- WATCHDOG: 9
- BREED: Cavachon
- COLOR(S):Red and white, black and white, sable and white. Solid or tri-colored.
A Cavachon is a hybrid that is a cross-breed of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise and may demonstrate any combination of traits from those two breeds. Hybrids have become very popular in the past few years. They play a big role in the current designer dog trend. The experimentation of these hybrid or designer dogs has not been recognized by the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. The key to cross breeding to purebred dogs is what is called hybrid vigor, the breeding resulting in a healthier dog with superior genetic constitution can come from dogs purebred for so long that they have common genetic disorders. Sweet and innocent like the Cavalier, yet bouncy and peppy like the Bichon. The Cavachon is appealing to pet owners because of its qualities that come from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, such as friendliness and sweetness, along with its beautiful varied coat colors. Its powder puff coat is attractive and its temperament makes for a great companion dog.
The Cavachon is affectionate, loving, and gentle. They are very family oriented and do not do well if ignored or left alone for extended periods of time. They do best with older, considerate children or with children they have been with from puppyhood. Cavachon\'s will generally get along with dogs, cats, and other household pets. The Cavachon is non-aggressive but will alert their family to visitors and out of the ordinary sounds.
Depending on coat type, the Cavachon requires regular brushing or professional clipping. It is important to regularly check and clean the ears. Dental hygiene is important to prevent early tooth loss.
Cavachon\'s may be prone to such health issues as ear infections, skin problems, sensitivity to flea bites, heart problems, and hip dysplasia.
The Cavachon is relatively active indoors. They are well suited for apartment living. They enjoy family activities, securely leashed walks, and off-lead play time in a securely fenced yard.
Early socialization and obedience are recommended. The Cavachon may be difficult to housetrain. The crate method is recommended. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.