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The Cavachon is a designer breed that originated in the USA, a relatively new breed developed in 1996. Although it has not been recognised by any major breed registry, it is a very popular choice because of its gentle personality and hypoallergenic trait. It is great for first-time dog owners and families with children, and as a therapy dog because it is easy to train and eager to please. Just make sure not to leave it alone at home as it develops separation anxiety.
Here is a brief background of the Cavachon if you are interested to own this sweet and intelligent lapdog.
The Cavachon is a crossbreed developed in the USA in 1996. Its parent breeds are pedigree, purebreds the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise, which are both small and hairy dogs. Like other hybrids, enthusiasts and breeders have varying opinions on how this breed should be produced. Some prefer to have first-generation Cavalier/Bichon crossing or F1 rather than producing second or third generations. They believe that the F1 has non-shedding coats and has a friendlier personality.
The Cavachonmay be classed as a hybrid or designer breed instead of a purebred, but it continues to become a popular choice as a companion dog because of its cute appearance and great personality. It is not recognised by any major pedigree registries like The Kennel Club and American Kennel Club. However, breed clubs have been established in many countries to ensure good breeding guidelines are followed.
As with other designer breeds, Cavachons come in various sizes and coat textures since no standard has been set yet. In fact, puppies of the same litter can look different in appearance. Since the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise are small in size, Cavachons won’t grow to be large dogs. They weigh between 31 and 33 centimetres and weigh 10 to 20 pounds. The cross between these two charming breeds has created a cutedog with expressive eyes. It is a well-proportioned dog with a compact body, and not particularly muscular but neither is it too slender.
With the parent breeds having fluffy and thick coats, Cavachons are expected to have this type of coat. However, the length, texture and colour vary.Some dogs can have medium to long hair. A few can have straight hair and others can have wavy or somewhat curly coats.Likewise, they can come in white with black, apricot or tan markings, red, brown, or tricolour.
When it comes to grooming, the Cavachon is rather high maintenance like its parent breeds. While it sheds minimally, it still needs to be brushed frequently. It also needs to be taken to the groomers to get trimmed between 4 and 8 weeks.Its eye stains must also be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth. Also pay attention to its dental health because small dogs are prone to tooth problems. Aside from weekly tooth brushing, provide it with dental chews and toys as they help in removing tartar. Make sure to trim its nails as overgrown nails may inflict pain especially during play time. Keep its ears clean and dry, and inspect for fleas and spots on the skin.
The Cavachon is known to be a gentle, affectionate and good-natured lap dog that loves human companionship. It is a joy to be around and would always want to be part of every family activity. It is tolerant, patient and good with children. However, children must be supervised and taught how to handle this small breed to avoid injuries. It also gets along with other dogs and pets without problem.These are the traits that make this designer breed very popular. It is recommended for first-time owners and even used as therapy dogs.
Since it builds a strong bond with its family, it cannot be left alone as it suffers from separation anxiety and could get destructive. This dog is not for busy families where all members constantly leave the house. Rather, it will be great for households with one family member always staying at home. While it can alert its owners when there are strangers, its kindness makes it a terrible watch dog.
Cavachons have inherited the intelligence of its parent breeds. Paired with their eagerness to please, they are easy to train. Obedience and house training are not issues at all. They would gladly participate in interactive games and other activities.
A typical serving for an adult Cavachon is 1/2 to 1.5 cups of excellent quality dry dog food per day. Since predicting the adult size of your Cavachon is quite tricky, work hand in hand with your vet and ask for advice regarding its food intake both amount and frequency.
Typical calorie needs of adult Cavachonsper day:
Are you planning to feed your Cavachon home-cooked or commercial dog food? There isn’t any right or wrong answer here as long as you are providing it with high quality food. For instance, you can prepare raw or cooked food as long as it is fresh and not scraps or leftovers. You also have to provide supplements as they may lack nutrients found in commercial dog food. On the flipside, canned and/or dry dog food is a practical choice. However, you need to need to choose one with limited ingredients, specifically formulated for small dogs. For a healthy coat, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are also necessary.
Properly cared for Cavachons has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years. They are generally healthy but predisposed to hereditary health problems from their parent breeds. This does not mean your dog will get them but it is a good idea to be prepared. The Cavachon tends to have ear infections, skin problems, sensitivity to parasite bites (including fleas), dry eye and excessive tear production, and Hip Dysplasia.
This designer breed is typically energetic at home but not hyperactive so moderate exercise of will suffice. It will enjoy short daily walks and then playtime with its owners in a fenced backyard. You should devote at least 30 minutes for physically and mentally stimulating activities for your Cavachon.
Owning any type of dog, whether a pure or a cross, is costly because as a responsible owner, you have to ensure it grows healthy and happy. Buying a Cavachon puppycostsbetween £400 and £1,000. Getting a pet insurance is a great idea so you don’t get caught off-guard when your pet gets sick and needs to be confined. Monthly fees start at £40 for a basic coverage.
Buying initial equipment like bowls, beds, leaches, and others will be around £200. As a small dog that requires less food, you will only spend about £30 a month for food and treats. Another significant expense, which can add up to £1,000 annually are veterinary costs for neutering or spaying, preventive care, and routine veterinary check-ups. You also have to factor in grooming expenses should you wish to take it to a groomer’s. Prices depend on your location and the service you avail.
Roughly, you will need to set aside at least £80 to care for a Cavachon, which can go up if you choose a more comprehensive pet insurance.
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