Cavapoochon, unlike all other cross breeds which consists of mostly crossbreeding 2 pure breeds, they consist of crossbreeding 3 pure breeds of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise and the Poodle. Initially, breeders will crossbreed the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel with the Bichon Frise to form a Cavachon, then mix the Cavachon with a poodle to form the Cavapoochon. This breed was introduced around 1996 and from then it started gaining popularity and with its cute looks and curly hair many people developed a lot of interest in it. They are not recognized as a breed by the Amcerican Kennel club and even Kennel Club in the UK.
Appearance and Size
At first glance, this mix looks like a teddy bear and it’s one of the reasons why this mix is so popular. This breed tends to have the face of a puppy even when it has reached adult stage. They mostly have big, brown eyes which contributes to their teddy like appearance. They have a black nose, ears with lots of fluff and they have round and wide heads and muzzle with a stocky build with a wagging tail. They usually have a curly or wavy coat depending on the parent they take after. If they take after the Cavachon parent their coat is likely to be wavy but if they take after the poodle they would most likely have a curly coat and in some cases we can have some puppies to be in the middle. Their coats are hypoallergenic so anyone with allergies can have them without any health issues. As the puppies grow up their coats will be replaced with a more silky fur and you can easily maintain them. They are a small breed that reaches full growth at just a year old, some grow as small as between 9 pounds to 12 pounds while most grow as small as 12 to 15 pounds as adults and in some cases, some can grow up to 18 pounds even further to 20 pounds and it is more common with the male Cavapoochons. To get a better knowledge of their size, they end up about the size of a small cocker spaniel. They usually reach heights between 25cm and 30cm and it varies depending on the height of the poodle it was bred with. Most breeders use toy sized poodles which is why most of this breed appear small and short but if the breeder uses a standard sized poodle it would come out bigger than what is common. They also come in different colors, one of the most common color you would see them in is red with white markings bu here are some of the shades you would most likely see them in; Red, Cream, Black, Black and White, Sable, White and Tan and many more.
Bichon Frises and poodles are low shedding dogs and poodles in particular do not release lots of dead hair and due to their thick coat and breeding history, it is no surprise that this mix does not shed, even if they do, it would not be a lot. Although they do not shed much, they require regular grooming and bathing and it is essential for them to look and feel the best because they can easily pick up dirt and debris around the house. Their fur should be brushed a couple of times a week, about 5 times minimum to keep their fur smooth as knots can form easily and quickly if their fur isn’t taken care of regularly and if they are left unattended to, it can become very tight and painful against their skin and at that point grooming becomes harder than it should. Every 4 to 5 weeks owners should take their dog to a professional groomer to get their hairs trimmed and trim the hairs around their eyes because they can cause infections if not attended to.
This breed has a wonderful personality and everyone that they seem to meet love them. They are very friendly and can also be playful, they get along with children and are gentle around them which makes them perfect for a family pet but they also shouldn’t be left with children unsupervised. They also socialize well and are very affectionate. They get along with other dogs as well and even cats sometimes so there is no need to worry bringing this dog home even if you have other pets when trained to socialize from a young age they would get used to meeting people and other animals easily and would even be used to handling some situations instead of just barking excessively. As small as they are, they are vocal just like other small dogs, once they sense a visitor is around they would continuously bark to alert the owners and sometimes it might become excessive. They can even start to bark at smaller animals like rabbits so they should be cautioned from a young age so they do not grow up with the habit of excessive barking.
Training and Exercise
This breed is a very intelligent dog thanks to their parent the poodle. They are very eager to please so they enjoy regular training sessions and would always do their best once they are being rewarded with attention or even treats. They are very active dogs and full of energy so they should be taken on walks regularly to keep their energy levels in check and they should be given some playtime to keep them occupied and less frustrated as they can get destructive when bored. It is very important to teach your dog how to socialize with people from a young age, when they obey a command you should also praise them and this positive feedback would always want them to please you and it would keep out most unwanted problems. They should also be constantly be engaged in some mental stimulation and it is easier to train a mix who takes more of the poodles traits.
Due to the fact that they were bred from the cross breeding of 3 different breeds, they tend to inherit the health problems of all 3 dogs. They are prone to ear infections because of the hair that grows inside their long ears. To reduce the risk of ear infections, owners should constantly have the ears of their dog cleaned and they should also watch out for any sore or inflammation and once noticed they should be taken to the vet for proper treatments. Some other health problems they suffer from include: Heart problems, Hip issues and Luxating patella.
Why you should get a Cavapoochon
The Cavapoochon is a friendly and loving dog that would be suitable for any family. They are very playful and would be good for entertainment especially for old people. They have the gentle and clownish nature of the cavalier with the intelligence of the poodle making them smart and able to learn things fast. They also inherit the non-shedding ability from the bichon and poodle which makes them good for people with allergies. They do not require much supervision due to their gentle and calm nature but they also shouldn’t be left unwatched especially when they are around kids. Due to their intelligence, they are easier to train and they respond well to positive training and they are able to cut of bad habits from a young age. They bond well with the family and people in general and they do not require that much exercise even though they need to be physically stimulated frequently and they also make up for a good apartment dog.
Prices and where to get a cavapoochon
The fact that they are designer dogs, it means they are expensive little creatures and although the prices might vary from breeder to breeder, they always seem to be on the high side. The price of this dog can be as high as $2,000 or even $3,000 to get a puppy minus costs of maintaining and managing the dog. Other costs include pet food, insurance, pet toys, pet grooming and regular visits to the vet and also sudden health issues that might occur. The Cavapoochon isn’t a recognized breed by the American Kennel Club or the Kennel Club so it is very hard to find a standard breeder for this puppy. Before purchasing from a breeder you should ask them for health certificates for the parents so you would know the potential health issue that mighty develop in the dog before getting it. You can also contact a Cavapoochon owner who purchased from the breeder about their experience before moving on to purchasing from the breeder. If you do not have enough money to purchase one, you can head down to a rescue shelter or contact rescue centers if they have any of this breed that needs a home, although they can be hard to find because they are rare and being a designer dog they do not usually last up to a day or two unclaimed.