The Cavapoochon is a very unique mixed dog breed that has actually been crossed three times. This mix has been developed by combing the traits of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise, and a Poodle.
Since this mix has three different dog breeds mixed into it, it can inherit a lot of really great traits for each breed.
You will notice the Cavapoochon is extremely friendly, loving, and gentle with children, adults, and even other pets. It gets some intelligence from the Poodle breed, making it easy to train and pick up commands.
Overall this is truly a perfect family companion that will just want to lick, hug, and snuggle you all day!
It is not known when exactly the first Cavapoochon was created but it was likely done during the 1990s when everyone wanted to create new hybrid breeds.
Now you may be wondering how did they create a dog with all three types of DNA? Well, they took a Cavachon, which is known as a mix of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise. Then they took that mix and combined it with a toy Poodle, which created what we know as the Cavapoochon.
Since we do not know very much about this mix’s history, we will examine the history of all three parent breeds.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a very long history dating back as far as the 16th century. This breed has been depicted in paintings and seen sitting on the laps of royals and nobles.
The breed even got its name from King Charles II, who absolutely adored the breed. When the king finally passed away, the breed wasn’t as popular among the royals as it used to be. People around the world begin to refine the breed to make it better.
Eventually, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel made its way to American in the 1950s. Many people fell in love with this sweet temperamented breed, and the AKC recognized it in the late 1990s.
The Bichon Frise is a dog breed that was descended from a few different breeds crossed together. The people actually ended up creating four different breeds, one of them being the Bichon Frise.
Italians came across the island that these dogs were on and absolutely adored them and brought them back to Italy. The nobility raved over the breed, and the Bichon Frise is even seen in works of art during that period.
Eventually, like all dog breeds, the Bichon Frise was brought to America during the 1950s and accepted into the AKC in the 1970s.
The Toy Poodle is a smaller size of the Standard Poodle breed. Poodle can come in a variety of sizes; the way they got the Toy Poodle was by breeding smaller sized Poodles together to get this variation.
The Poodle actually originated from Germany, where it was used to aid owners in hunting. This breed would retrieve waterfowl and other small animals shot by the owner.
Eventually, the Poodle ended up in France, where it was treated like royalty and became popular among the nobility. The breed was then brought to America and accepted to the AKC in the 1880s.
Many people put this mixed dog breed into the teddy bear dog category as its appearance is much like a teddy bear. Its cute round puppy dog eyes keep the appearance of a puppy even as your dog grows older.
Another very noticeable feature of the Cavapoochon’s appearance is the curly or wavy coat it will have. The Cavapoochon is known for its very soft fleece-like coat. The coat can come in a variety of colors.
You will also notice that the ears are flopped down, hanging closely by the head of the dog. The head is round and has fluffy hair all around it. Keep reading in the next sections to learn about the coat and colors.
If you have ever seen pictures of this mix then you know it looks like a giant fluff ball. Its coat will take on a wavy to curly texture and it will be very soft and fleece-like to the touch.
As your Cavapoochon grows to an adult size, it will go from the fleece coat material to the more of a silk-like fur.
Keep in mind the coat will still need to be groomed often to keep the hair free from tangles and knots. A good brush and detangling spray can take care of that.
The coat is also naturally hypoallergenic meaning if you are someone who has allergies towards dogs then this may be a suitable dog breed for you.
What Colors Do They Come In?
There are only a few color options that your Cavapoochon may have:
- Red and White
- Sable (rare)
- Black and White
The Cavapoochon will take on the temperament of all three dogs that it is made up of. The breed has a very happy personality that captivates everyone it meets.
If you are looking for a playful, friendly, dog that will be gentle around children and other animals, then you will absolutely love the Cavapoochon.
If well socialized, this dog breed will be friendly even around strangers and other dogs it may meet at a dog park.
There is no doubt that this mix will run up to you to snuggle and give lots of kisses. Small dog breeds typically don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. You may find your dog always around you because that is what it will be most comfortable with.
There are two different size ranges when it comes to the Cavapoochon. The first is the most common size which is between 12-15 pounds. This will be the dog’s size when it is fully grown and now an adult.
There is another variation where the Cavapoochon can be smaller. According to BlueBellPup a breeder of Cavapoochon puppies, she has had litters that range in size from 9 to 12 pounds.
This is due to the breeding of their dog Fergie and a one of their regular sized females it creates a smaller sized Cavapoochon.
Cavapoochon Health Problems
Whenever a mixed breed is created it actually breeds out any inherited health conditions that the parent breeds might be prone to. You should still be aware of health conditions as it is possible that your dog could inherit some of them.
Ear Infections – Ear infections are common in a lot of dog breeds due to the floppy ears; they can hide moisture inside and cause infections. Remember to check your dog’s ears regularly when grooming. Clean the ear out of dirt and ensure you don’t notice signs of redness or infections.
Luxating Patella – This is a condition in which the kneecap does not stay in place, so it moves in and out of place. This can cause your dog extreme pain if not taken care of properly.
Heart Problems – Some dogs can develop heart problems, and some signs of this could be coughing, your dog is breathing faster, or even stomach swelling.
Retinal Atrophy – This can be a common thing in some dogs, and it simply means the dog is losing its vision or becoming blind over time. There is no cure for this, but breeders can have their dogs tested to ensure a trait won’t be passed down.
Just remember, not every dog will get these issues, and likely your dog won’t get any of them. It is smart to be prepared in case your dog were to develop any of these health issues.
Life Expectancy of a Cavapoochon
It can be very difficult to determine lifespan, especially in a mixed breed dog. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a life span between 9 to 14 years.
Bichon Frise’s and the Poodle have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. So the Cavapoochon could likely have a life span from 10 to 15 years and possibly even longer since mixed breeds are generally healthier.
This is a small dog breed that will weigh between 12 to 15 pounds so if you live in a small home, condo, or apartment your dog will be just fine.
It will stay quite small its whole life that is why it is nicknamed the forever puppy because it literally will still look like a puppy even after many years of its life.
This mix can get separation anxiety; you can help your dog with this through training but try not to leave this mix home all day long by itself.
Due to this dog’s small nature, it will not need as much exercise as large dog breeds do. A simple 30 minutes of exercise a day will be plenty for the Cavapoochon.
Even though this mix doesn’t need much exercise, it will still be important to get at least two walks in each day. Your dog will be able to get some fresh air and stretch its legs a little bit.
Even a trip to the dog park would be a fun little activity to get your couch potato up and moving. On rainy days you can still give your dog exercise indoors with a game of fetch.
Honestly, all dogs should be fed a high-quality dog food diet. Make sure you purchase a small dog breed dog food as it will be more appropriate for your dog’s size, and the kibble will be smaller.
You can feed your dog a portion of dry dog food, wet food, or a combination of both. When your Cavapoochon is a puppy, make sure you are feeding it a small breed puppy food until your dog is at least a year old.
Depending on the size of your Cavapoochon will vary on the amount you will feed your dog. You can ask the breeder or your veterinarian for exact feeding measurements.
Since the mix is between 12 to 15 pounds, you will likely feed your dog between 3/4 cup to 1 cup of high-quality food per day.
Always break the food into smaller meals to keep your dog nourished throughout the day.
If you read the coat section of my article above, you will know that the Cavapoochon can have a wavy or curly coat. It will need to be brushed to ensure that it is tangle and knot-free.
I suggest brushing your dog once or twice a week during your grooming routine. The good thing about this designer mixed breed is that it doesn’t shed very much at all, and it is hypoallergenic.
Your Cavapoochon will need to be bathed twice a month just to make sure the skin is free from dirt. Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner to leave your dog’s coat shiny and soft.
You want to also inspect your dog’s ears regularly during your grooming as this mix can get ear infections easily if the ears are not cared for.
Brush your dog’s teeth and start doing that when your dog is a puppy that way, it can get used to the routine of doing it.
The Cavapoochon is actually a very intelligent mixed dog breed, and it enjoys training and pleasing you, the owner. The Dog gets this trait from the intelligent Poodle parent. Start off slow, especially when your dog is a puppy.
If you are getting your dog from a breeder, then it is likely that they have already started the fundamentals of potty training with your dog.
Continue training there and build upon that skill your dog has. Train your dog with positive reinforcement this simply means treat your dog to praise and treats when it does something correctly.
Early socialization is always a must as this will make your dog’s temperament, even more, friendlier than it already was.
Since the Cavapoochon is a mixed breed it is not recognized by the major clubs. Usually, a breeder club is an easy way to find a puppy but in this case, it can be much harder.
I have an entire article on how you can specifically get a Cavapoochon puppy, so check it out if you are obsessed with this mix and want one.
Remember to pick a breeder you feel completely comfortable with and one you can trust to deliver you a perfect puppy.
This mix will generally cost between $2,500 all the way to $3,000. It is really hard to find an adult for sale as they aren’t usually put up into rescues, so maybe you can get lucky getting an adult from a breeder.
Cavapoochon Litter Size
The litter size of a mix will truly all depend on the traits it takes from which parent and the mother’s overall size.
Typically you can expect between four to five puppies in a litter. Of course, some dogs can have more puppies, and some may even have less; it all depends.
This breed does not need a lot of exercise, so if you want to run with your dog and do a bunch of different athletic things, then this may not be the dog breed for you.
Cavapoochon’s love to cuddle and hang out on the couch. They are extremely friendly and will get a ling with a wide age range of children and even other pets.
This is truly one of the perfect family companions.
Close relatives of the Cavapoochon
Here are a few breeds that are very similar to the Cavapoochon mix: