If you haven’t already seen multiple pictures of Cavapoochons please do so now! Don’t worry, I’ll wait… They’re just too cute, I know!
What makes a Cavapoochon? The Cavapoochon is a triple crossbred dog: a quarter Cavalier, quarter Bichon Frisé, and half Toy Poodle.
If you’re imagining a doggy ménage à trois please stop! Take one Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frisé) dim the lights and put on some Barry White then breed the Cavachon with a Poodle. Voilà! A Cavapoochon is born!
The Cavapoochon has recently made the doggy headlines — I’m not sure if that’s a real thing, but I can only hope — as the relatively new kid on the block. The breed has recently witnessed a surge in popularity both in the US and across the pond.
By just looking at these little cuties, it’s not at all difficult to fathom why they’re taking the dog world by storm, but of course, looks aren’t always everything.
When buying any dog breed it goes without saying that you need to know everything there is to know about said breed.
I have known far too many people that have bought a dog without doing their research. After five walks a day and a massive hole in their wallet with all the food they’re going through, they suddenly realize that they should have checked the label… well not label, but you get the idea.
Cavapoochons are by all accounts, friendly and beautiful companions; however they definitely will not be for everyone. So, with that, I’ve concocted an ultimate guide to Cavapoochons.
Cavapoochons are widely and affectionately known as dogs that never ages or the dog that stays a puppy. Of course, that’s not true — I’ve come across hundreds of dogs in my years, and not a single one has Dorian Gray-Esque portrait hidden somewhere in their bed!
What they actually mean is that Cavapoochons keep their puppy appearance until adulthood.
Plus, can you imagine a dog that retains its puppy behavior?
I’ve had to throw away too many chewed up cushions, and had to clean up too much inside the house poop to ever want that!
Sure, it sounds great, and sometimes I look at my dog and think, please can you be a puppy again, but only for maybe a day max! Any longer and I’d have to pull my hair out…again!
Cavapoochons then have all the good qualities of a puppy, without the smelly parts! Sign me up!
As I mentioned, looks aren’t everything, but luckily Cavapoochons are both adorable and are well-behaved — sort of…
No dog and I mean no dog, is going to come out of their mother’s womb with a doctorate in good behavior — it takes work. You can’t expect a dog to be friendly, well-tempered and doing your taxes straight away.
However, by all accounts, with training and early socializing, Cavapoochons have a friendly temperament. Their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel traits make them a sociable dog both with other dogs and people. This means that they make for a fantastic family pet!
Cavapoochons are also intelligent dogs, so they should quickly learn their doggy schooling and get an A in every subject!
As a small dog, Cavapoochons are well-suited, though not exclusively, to smaller living spaces. So for the apartment dwellers, or anyone who doesn’t have a huge garden at their disposal, Cavapoochons will get on just fine.
However, don’t be fooled into thinking that Cavapoochons don’t need much of a walk; oh no, these energetic little friends love their exercise. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle in them means that they’ll need at least two walks a day.
Do you love dogs, but have an allergy to them?
I feel for you; I do, but not too much because Cavapoochons are perfect for those with dog allergies! Cavapoochons’ coats are hypoallergenic — they don’t shed! Cavapoochons’ thick, fleece-like coat means that they won’t upset the noses of those with allergies.
The age expectancy of Cavapoochons will undoubtedly be a pro for you dog-lovers out there. Cavapoochons have a life expectancy of around 12-15 years.
And I shouldn’t have to mention that regular exercise and a healthy diet are requirements for prolonging a dog’s life.
Before I start ‘the bad,’ it should be noted that despite some of the problems people face with Cavapoochons, any dog will be fraught with issues if they are not adequately trained. For the most part, it’s training that is the key to gaining a well-behaved dog.
Cavapoochons have been known to be somewhat vocal dogs… postmen be warned!
With any visitor you have to your home — or intruder, though hopefully not — then a Cavapoochon will alert you to their presence with more than a few yaps. Despite this and with Cavapoochons being smart dogs, if you’re quick to train them not to do this at a young age, it will stop the issue. As I said, the key is in training.
The most horrific aspect of having a dog is the far too prevalent risk of health problems. It’s not pleasant, I know, but unfortunately, it’s something we all have to consider when we think of our furry companions.
Cavapoochons are part Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Poodle and Bichon Frisé, so they are regrettably plagued with the risk of the same health problems. Heart problems, eye disease, loose knees, seizures, and because of their long ears, ear infections, are all health risks of Cavapoochons.
However, keep in mind that these are health ‘risks’ — they are not inevitable.
Cavapoochons, or any dog for that matter, are less likely to encounter health problems if they are regularly cleaned — especially after the obligatory dirty walks — and if they have a good diet.
Cavapoochons don’t eat much, just two to three small meals a day if they are less than 10lbs. They are small dogs after all — they just have a little nibble here and there. They are unlike the eating-machines that big dogs are, but that’s not a rule; some small dogs have huge appetites.
I know it’s easy to want to be a ‘feeder’ to your dog; however, for your dog’s health, it’s better to weigh his or hers’ food. During adulthood, if a Cavapoochon weighs more than 10lbs, then perhaps you should increase this to four meals a day.
Bite-sized kibbles and foods that contain a healthy mixture of carbohydrates, fats and proteins are a must. Veggies are always perfect for dogs even if they sometimes want to go straight to their meat.
Cavapoochons have been known to love salmon, apples, eggs, chicken, green beans, and sweet potatoes.
Then again, pretty much every dog will eat these foods mentioned above, except for maybe apples.
Every time I put an apple piece in front of my dog, he becomes mortally offended… Admittedly though, he’s not a Cavapoochon!
Unless your eyesight isn’t what it used to be, you may have noticed that Cavapoochons have a curly or wavy, but a very shiny coat. These beautiful coats come in a rainbow of colors combinations of, apricot, black, cream, tan, red and sable.
Good looks take work though honey! Maintaining a Cavapoochon’s teddy-bear like fur means that you’ll almost have to groom and clean him or her often. You don’t have to be Paris Hilton and take your Cavapoochon to the doggy hair salon every week, but brushing and cleaning their hair will help keep it silky smooth.
Cavapoochon’s love of sweet potatoes also helps in maintaining their lustrous locks — it’s almost like they are aware of how good they look. Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin A, which is not only like doggy conditioner but also keeps dogs’ muscles strong.
When Cavapoochons get a little older, their hair becomes easier to handle — it becomes sleek without much need of attention.
Oh, by the way, that sleek and well-maintained coat will spend most of the time nestled on top your legs. Cavapoochons are incredibly companion-centric — they never want to leave their care-giver’s side. That doesn’t mean that they only attach themselves to their primary owners, but that they just love snuggling up to their family.
While this sounds like a doggy paradise, attachment issues have been an issue for Cavapoochons.
Loving doggies is a hobby of mine. If it were up to me, I’d replace people with dogs, but unfortunately, or fortunately, I don’t make the rules. I’m joking — obviously, well not obviously, many true words said in jest…
Anyway… we all have to leave the house at some point, so separation anxiety is a genuine problem. Not just for our neighbors’ ears, but any dog’s health. Stress is not conducive for anyone canine or not.
Hey-ho, with a bit of training separation anxiety can be limited. Leave some of your clothes out and teach your dog to expect separation — training is always the key!
WHAT IS THE PRICE RANGE OF CAVAPOOCHONS?
If all the above information hasn’t given you an overwhelming need to go out and buy a Cavapoochon, then maybe buy some fish. They are less needy, but they don’t respond too well to cuddles…
That overwhelming need may well be stopped in its tracks though once you hear the price of a Cavapoochon puppy. Cavapoochons can go for anywhere between 2000 and 3000 dollars. That is not a small amount!
Because Cavapoochons are “designer dogs” and are a relatively new breed, just about everyone wants one. If you’re willing to pay that sort of money, then you better damn well be sure that you want one of these cute little fellows and are willing to put in the work.
So that’s my guide. Cavapoochons are an excellent, new, and exciting addition to dog breeds. They come at a hefty cost, but it’s not like that’s their furry fault!