Country of Origin: The Cavachon originated in the United States due to an accidental mating between a champion Cavalier King Charles Spaniel a Bichon Frise in 1998. The mating resulted in what became known as a Cavachon.
Size: The Cavachon can range in size anywhere from 12-20 pounds, however, they do tend to range on the larger side weighing in at 15-18 pounds. The height of the Cavachon will largely depend on the size of the parents. A Cavachon can appear tall as well as short.
Coat: The coat on a Cavachon is usually fluffy, quite thick and curly. The Cavachon's coat is very full and can grow to a length of 3-5 inches long. This breed sheds minimally and will be a great selection for those with allergy issues. The color of the Cavachon's coat can vary a great deal due to the nature of the mix, however, shades of white or brown are the most common. Although, a solid peach color, tri-colored, sable and white and even black and tan are possible coat colors as well.
Character: The Cavachon was created simply for the purpose of a friendly and loving companion with little to no shedding. This experiment was a great success, and now the Cavachon has become a quite popular breed. This breed is very gentle and good natured and will be quite happy with family life. The Cavachon is known to bark should a stranger come near, however, as they are quite good natured, they should not be depended upon as a watchdog.
Temperament: The Cavachon is a very affectionate and gentle breed with a strong desire to please. This breed will do extremely well with children of all ages. The Cavachon is known to be very tolerable of play with small children. They also get along well with other family pets. However, as stated previously, the Cavachon is a mix of the Bichon Frise and the Cavalier King Charles. A mixed breed dog can have a combination of any of the temperament and characteristics of any breed involved. It is recommended that you thoroughly research all breeds involved in your mixed breed puppy to ensure that you are amenable and prepared for any of the possibilities.
Care: The Cavachon is a relatively high maintenance breed. They will need to be brushed and bathed on a weekly basis to prevent matting in their curly coat. They will also require a trip to the groomer about every six weeks or so. Keep the areas under the eyes trimmed short as this helps in avoiding staining. The Cavachon sheds little and are a good choice for allergy sufferers. The Cavachon is an excellent breed for apartment dwellers, as they do not require a large amount of space to play. The Cavachon is well suited to most environments, but extra care should be taken in extreme cold.
Training: The Cavachon is very intelligent as well as eager to please. This makes them a very trainable breed. They will be quick to learn commands, but training should begin at an early age for the best results. As with any small breed dog, it is imperative that the Cavachon receive training from a firm and consistent, but not agressing, pack leader. The Cavachon could develop Small Dog Syndrome if allowed to believe that they are in charge.
Activity: The Cavachon is not an extremely high energy dog. They are quite active indoors and will enjoy playing with the family all day. They will still require a daily walk to expel any excess energy. A Cavachon should not be left in an unfenced area unsupervised. They like to be with you. While the Cavachon does like to play, they will be just as happy living it up in your lap, snoozing the afternoon away.