The Cavachon is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise. This ideal hybrid has the playfulness, intelligence and hypoallergenic coat of the Bichon, mixed with the sweetness and even temperament of the Cavalier. The Cavachon has a low to non-shedding coat, and many sport the Cavalier’s signature “thumbprint,” a spot on the forehead considered one of the most desirable physical characteristics of the Cavalier.

Known for his kind nature, the Cavachon makes a wonderful companion. Both parents are consummate “lapdogs,” and this hybrid is no exception. Intelligent and playful, he can be surprisingly active. He is friendly and outgoing to everyone he meets, which makes him easy to socialize. He loves giving and receiving affection from friends and family.

The Cavachon can live just about anywhere – as long as he’s with you. His size and low-shedding coat make him an excellent apartment dog. He loves (and expects) to be the center of attention and enjoys snuggling up on the couch with his loved ones. He also likes to make up games to entertain the family.

Cavachons normally stand about 10-12 inches tall and weigh about 10-15 pounds. Their exercise requirements are relatively low, although they should have daily walks to keep him mentally and physically stimulated. Cavachons love to play in water. They are intelligent and eager to please, which makes training a pleasure. Gentle, positive methods work best with this sensitive breed.

Cavachons are social dogs who love to meet new people. They are great with children, but their smaller size means that young children need to be taught how to properly handle them. They get along well with other dogs and pets. The Cavachon might enjoy agility, obedience, canine freestyle or therapy.

The typical Cavachon has a soft, silky coat that requires frequent brushing with a comb or rake, especially if the coat is kept long. Some owners prefer to keep their Cavachon in a shorter pet clip, but even this lower-maintenance look requires weekly brushing.