Cavapoochon temperament

By helloBARK!
Updated on 16 March 2020

Cavapoochons are a relatively uncommon cross breed.

These dogs are a mix between a Bichon Frise, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle.

By combining these three different breeds, you usually get a family-friendly pet with a low-shedding coat.

Cavapoochons tend to be friendly dogs that like to be around their human companions.

They’ll usually have low-shedding coats that make them ideal for pet lovers looking for a hypoallergenic breed.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at Cavapoochon temperament. We’ll break up the article into the following sections:

What is a Cavapoochon?

Cavapoochon (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Cavapoochon (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Cavapoochons are a hybrid dog that are made up of three different dog breeds: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise and Poodle.

Usually, a Cavachon (aka a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise) will be bred with a Poodle to get a Cavapoochon.

It’s easy to get this mix confused with other types of “designer dogs”, such as the Cavapoo (Cavalier x Poodle), and Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel x Poodle).

The American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club and the Kennel Club in the United Kingdom don’t recognise the Cavapoochon as a breed.

To get an idea about the Cavapoochon’s temperament, we need to take a look at the temperament of the Bichon Frise, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodle.

It’s important to point out that it’s impossible to predict which traits a dog will inherit from each individual parent, whether you’re looking for the Cavalier’s social skills or the Bichon Frise’s hypoallergenic coat.

Bichon Frise temperament

Bichon Frise lying down on the floor of her home, alone, waiting for her owner (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Bichon Frise lying down on the floor of her home, alone, waiting for her owner (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The Bichon Frise is considered a great family pet due to their friendly, easy-going and upbeat personalities.

These small dogs are playful despite being quite relaxed. Therefore Bichon Frise can do great in a family setting with young children. Having said that, you should never leave any dog alone with kids.

They’re small size makes them excellent apartment dogs. Bichon Frise enjoy human companionship so you can expect to build a great bond with your little dog.

Bichon Frise are affectionate – they like to give and receive love from their pet parents. They’re usually gentle dogs with an easygoing nature. They can be inquisitive.

They’ve got moderate exercise requirements so a short walk around the block will suffice. Alternatively, they’ll be happy to partake in some playtime in the home.

Some Bichon Frise can struggle with separation anxiety. This is a chronic canine disorder that manifests itself when the dog owner leaves their four-legged friend at home alone. They can also struggle with fear aggression.

Bichon Frise are considered an example of a hypoallergenic dog breed by the American Kennel Club.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel temperament

Boris the Cavalier (Photo: boris.king.charles / Instagram)

Boris the Cavalier (Photo: boris.king.charles / Instagram)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are a popular breed. They’re usually a sweet-tempered and playful dog that enjoys being around their fellow family members.

The Cavalier is considered a quintessential example of a lap dog. So you can expect lots of cuddles and downtime with this toy spaniel. They love to go for a nap on your lap or on a soft pillow.

Although they like their beauty sleep, Cavaliers are a relatively sporty dog. They’ll relish a game of fetch with their owner or children, while they do have a prey drive so will chase squirrels or birds.

Their good nature makes them a very social dog. They usually enjoy meeting new people and new dogs. You’ll still want to socialise your Cavalier as much as possible from a young age to lay down the initial groundwork. This will help to avoid any potential shyness.

Cavaliers are a dog breed that really value human companionship. Often described as a fine example of a velcro dog, they’re liable to follow their pet parents around the home.

These sociable pooches are prone to suffering from separation anxiety. The symptoms of this chronic canine disorder include excessive barking, howling or whining, as well as destructive chewing and digging.

Poodle temperament

Poodle's are the second smartest dogs in the world (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Poodle’s are the second smartest dogs in the world (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Poodles are famous for their hypoallergenic coat and low-shedding qualities.

However, they’re also known for their high IQ. In fact, only the Border Collie is considered a smarter dog than the Poodle. They rank higher than other intelligent breeds such as German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois.

Their intelligence levels mean Poodles can be quick to pick up obedience and training. They’ll need plenty of mental and physical stimulation to keep their brains active and content in order to avoid unwanted behaviours.

Having said that, dog owners will need to be consistent and firm with Poodles to ensure they don’t exploit any potential loopholes in your commands.

They can make great family dogs with a deep sense of loyalty to their pet parents. Some Poodles can be shy around people they don’t know so socialisation from a young age is good practice.

Poodles were originally used in duck hunting, excelling thanks to their waterproof coats. Therefore, they can be a high-energy dog breed that requires a lot of exercise and stimulation.

Cavapoochon temperament

Ramsey the Cavapoochon (Photo: @teddygramsey / Instagram)

Ramsey the Cavapoochon (Photo: @teddygramsey / Instagram)

Cavapoochons can inherits traits from all three breeds but there’s no guarantee which exact characteristics they’ll get.


Cavapoochons are likely to be relatively active dogs, especially given Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles like to exercise regularly. They’ll benefit from a couple of walks a day.

Here’s what Ramsey the Cavapoochon (@teddygramsey) has to say:

Ramsey still has a lot of puppy energy so enjoys getting as much exercise as we can give her. She loves to go on walks and play at the dog park, but also has no problems relaxing and snuggling on the couch for hours.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Bichon Frises are renowned for being companion dogs that love to relax with their pet parents. This is a trait that a lot of Cavapoochons will inherit. They can quickly become attached to their dog owners.

Family pets

Cavapoochons can make great family pets given their playful nature. They like to romp around the home or the back garden with their family members. It’s a good idea to supervise your dog with young children at all times.


You can expect your Cavapoochon to be a friendly dog, which is a trait commonly associated with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. They’re known as sociable dogs that get along with other breeds and people.

Ramsey the Cavapoochon (@teddygramsey) adds:

She instantly loves everyone she meets and wants to be friends with everyone. She even gets excited to go to the vet and groomers because she loves all the people and attention she gets there.


Cavapoochons are smart dogs given they influence of the Poodle genes. Therefore you should find it quite simple to train your Cavapoochon commands and tricks. Even though your designer dog will be smart, it’s a good idea to start training from a young age to lay down the ground rules.

Let’s hear from Ramsey the Cavapoochon (@teddygramsey):

She instantly loves everyone she meets and wants to be friends with everyone. She even gets excited to go to the vet and groomers because she loves all the people and attention she gets there.

Anything else to consider?

If you want to learn more about the temperament of Cavapoochons, you could also search out some owners on Instagram. They’re usually forthcoming with information about their Cavapoochons.

Wrapping up – our final thoughts

Ramsey the Cavapoochon (Photo: @teddygramsey / Instagram)

Ramsey the Cavapoochon (Photo: @teddygramsey / Instagram)

We’ve reached the end of our article on Cavapoochon temperament.

They’re usually affectionate, active, friendly and smart dogs that love to be around their pet parents.

Cavapoochons can make great family pets thanks to their playful nature.

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