Cavachons are a popular hybrid dog; a mix of the ever popular Bichon Frise and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Thanks to their easy-going temperaments, low exercise requirements and cute looks they are a very in demand breed. They do not shed much and some people with dog allergies find that they can tolerate their presence better than other breeds.
The Cavachon is a relatively new cross-breed, originating in 1996 in North America. They were developed to be small, fun and easy to train and to fit seamlessly into family life no matter the size of the home.
The Cavachon is a small, white, fluffy dog that stands between 25 – 30cm tall and weighs between 6kg – 8.5kg.
The Cavachon has a wonderful temperament and is very well suited to family life. They are easy to train and are known to be very friendly and kind dogs. This makes them an excellent companion for first time owners.
There are a number of conditions that the Cavachon can be prone to and one of the most prevalent health issues is Mitral Valve Disease. This is a heart disease that tends to be inherited from the Cavalier parent. Early signs can include a mild cough and a general ‘slowing down’. As the disease progresses, dogs may lose weight and develop a pot belly. Though we can’t cure this disease, many do well on medication.
The Cavachon is relatively easy to train, even for first time owners. Whilst they may not rank among the brainiest of breeds, their love of their humans and eagerness to please makes them easier to train than many breeds.