Cavapoochon Dog Breed
With trademark curly hair, adorable puppy eyes and floppy ears, it’s easy to see why the cavapoochon is becoming an increasingly popular dog breed. Cavapoochons are a cross between three breeds – a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, a poodle and a bichon frise. They’re also known as ‘the dog that never grows old’, making them a desirable choice for dog owners looking for a small and cute pet that will maintain its puppy dog look for all its life.
If you’re looking to find out more about the characteristics, temperament and how to look after a cavapoochon, we’ve got everything you need to know.
Cavapoochon Physical characteristics
Cavapoochons are famous for their teddy bear-like appearance. Their big round eyes also keep them looking like a puppy, even when they are fully grown. This is what makes them so attractive to dog owners – especially those with children.
They’re also well known for their thick fleece coat. Depending on how your pup was bred, their fur will either be wavy or curly. Cavapoochons that take after their cavachon parents are more likely to be wavy. Pups that acquire the genes of their poodle parent are more likely to have a curly coat.
The coat is hypoallergenic too. It doesn’t shed and is therefore unlikely to trigger any allergies you may have. This makes the breed perfect for people who are allergic to other dogs.
As a cavapoochon gets older, their coat will become silky, sleek, and easier to maintain.
Age and size
The average life expectancy of a cavapoochon is around 12-15 years. Feeding them good quality pet food (more on this below), supplements and probiotics from an early age will give your pet the best start in life. Your pet will also need proper, regular exercise to keep them fit and healthy for longer.
As a small breed dog, a cavapoochon is considered fully grown by the time they get to one year old. Most grow to around 12-15 lbs once they reach adulthood. Occasionally however, you can find cavapoochons that grow to around 18-20lbs. This is more likely with male dogs. As a comparative guide, a cavapoochon ends up about the size of a small cocker spaniel, Cavalier or miniature schnauzer.
Food and diet
For a happy, healthy lifestyle, your cavapoochon should be fed a high-quality diet. The four main types of dog food available is kibble (dry biscuits), canned or wet food, semi-moist, and frozen. The type you choose will ultimately depend on your lifestyle, how much time you have to prepare their food, and your dog’s preference. It doesn’t hurt to try out a few different types first to see how they respond to each one. If they don’t like the taste or smell, your pooch simply won’t eat it.
As cavapoochons are small dogs, they tend to take small bites of their food. It’s important that you choose food that contains bitesize kibbles so that they don’t choke or have trouble digesting. Look for premium food that contains a good combination of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, as well as veggies that provide key nutrients. Try not to buy anything with artificial colours, preservatives, low meat content or animal fats with no known origin, as they’re unlikely to provide the nutrition your pet needs.
Cavapoochons can also be fed apples, yoghurt, oatmeal, salmon, chicken, eggs, green beans and sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes in particular are a good source of vitamin A. This helps keep coats shiny, skin and nerves healthy, and muscles strong. Don’t give them too much though – just boil or steam them a couple of times a week for the perfect sweet treat.
How much and often to feed
As a general rule of thumb, feed your cavapoochon at least two to three small meals a day when they are under 10lbs. For dogs 10lbs and over, increase this to three to four small meals a day, depending on their appetite.
The cavapoochon boasts a wonderful personality that captures the hearts of everyone they meet. They’re known to be friendly, playful and gentle around children. This makes them the perfect family pet. They’re also very affectionate and sociable – they love to be stroked and fussed by strangers and friends alike. They get along with other dogs too (and sometimes even cats), so if you do have other pets then they should fit in nicely.
One thing to note is that they can be a bit vocal. If you have a visitor, they will likely alert you that they’re at the door. They may even bark at a squirrel, rabbit or other small creature. With training from a young age though, you can work on this and stop any bad habits from forming.
Cavapoochon Care and training
Regular grooming and bathing is almost essential to ensure your cavapoochon looks and feels its best. Brush out their fur a couple of times a week to keep their fur silky smooth. Knots and matts can form easily and quickly, and if left to develop can become tight and painful against their skin.
When it comes to training, cavapoochons are highly intelligent dogs. Positive reinforcement is a great technique to help control their behaviour. As they’re so eager to please, they should enjoy regular training sessions. To start with, try rewarding your puppy with a tasty treat. They may also respond well to praise and attention.
It’s important to teach your pup how to socialise safely with other people and dogs too. When taking them out, praise them when they exhibit good behaviour and follow your command. By doing this, positive behaviours will develop and will hopefully cancel out any unwanted problems.
Common health problems
Cavapoochons have been specifically bred to breed out the common health problems that the Cavalier, poodle and bichon frise are prone to. These include heart problems, eye disease, loose knees and seizures. They are prone to ear infections, however. This is because of the hair that grows inside their long, floppy ears. To prevent infections from occurring, clean out your pet’s ears regularly and keep an eye out for any sign of inflammation or soreness.
Now that you have all the tips and advice you need to effectively care for your cavapoochon, it’s time to go ahead and have some fun with your new companion.
The cavapoochon makes a wonderful companion. By following the right steps, you and your pooch can lead a long, happy life together.