The Cavachon is a small breed of “designer dog” typically weighing 5.5 kilos to 8.5 kilos. A “designer dog” is a cross between a purebred and another purebred. In the case of the Cavachon, it is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise, hence the name “cava” and “chon”. It is one of the common first-cross hybrids we have today. The Cavachon is a low-maintenance dog and an excellent watchdog. It will typically alert the owner by barking when it senses an intruder. It shares a lot of characteristics that are common in both of its lineages. The coat of the Cavachon is thick, often curly and very fluffy and sheds very little. Coat colour comes in all types but the most common are various shades of white or brown, white with black markings or white with black and tan markings.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Cavachon has a mix of royalty running in its veins. Its two lineages – the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was a royal pet during the reign of King Charles II while the Bichon Frise was developed by French Royalty. However, royal blood as he is, the Cavachon is a very down-to-earth breed and will be more than happy to mingle with everyone. It was accidentally developed in the United States in 1996 when a champion Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mated with a Bichon Frise. The resulting litter was that of small and stuffed toy-like adorable little dogs that weighed between 5 to 8.5 kilos that inherited many of their parent’s physical traits and temperament. Since the Cavachon is a “designer dog”, it not recognised as a breed by the UK Kennel Club.
The Cavachon is an affectionate, cheerful, friendly, gentle, and intelligent breed. It can entertain itself on for hours when the owner is not around. It is a social animal and loves being with its owner for some cuddling time. It also loves being with other dogs as opposed to being all alone in the corner. It is a light and random eater and will be happy with just two small meals of quality dog food per day. It is fairly inactive inside the house and will be content sleeping or napping all day.
Like any other canine breeds, the Cavachon needs to be trained and socialised at a very early age so the puppy will understand early on in its life what the owner wants from him. This breed is smart and a quick learner but it still requires consistent but gentle obedience training from an experienced handler.
The Cavachon is a very light shedder and is considered a hypoallergenic dog to some degree. Grooming is also on the light to moderate side. Quick brushing a few times a week is sufficient to keep the coat tangle free and mat free. Brushing also helps promote better blood circulation. Occasional trimming is required because the coat tends to grow up to almost two centimetres. Inspect and clean the ears on a weekly basis to prevent any infection.
The Cavachon is a small dog owing to its lineage of two toy breeds. A Cavachon puppy is still relatively small when it is old enough to be taken home so it needs to be handled with extra care until it is big enough. When choosing a Cavachon puppy, make sure that it has pink, clean gums. A pale gum is a sign that the puppy is sick. It should also have light pink inner ears, shiny thick coat, clean and dry tail and anal area, clear eyes, an alert temperament and clean moist nose. An adult Cavachon has a tendency to develop heart murmurs. It also has a tendency to develop skin allergies from flea bites. Eye ulcerations are also one of the concerns mainly due to hair rubbing the corneas.
The Cavachon is an active breed that requires moderate exercise and play most of the time. However, this breed is better than most dogs at entertaining itself both physically and mentally which eases some of the burdens of walking the dog outside for an exercise. Just a quick walk around the block or a game of fetch or similar activity will help burn off some of its excess energy. It is the perfect pet for someone who lives in a small apartment, in a condominium or in a small house. It is also a wonderful companion for people who loves travelling in an RV.
The Cavachon is a gentle, accepting and tolerant breed which makes it a good pet for a family with small children and other pet animals in the house. It is a sociable breed that loves being with other dogs and will not cause any problem when it is around other house pets.