Cavapoochons are perhaps most famous for their teddy-bear like appearance.
These mixed dogs are an emerging cross breed in the USA, UK and around the world.
Cavapoochons are a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Poodle and Bichon Frise. They’re sometimes dubbed a super tri hybrid dog.
By combining these three breeds, the result is usually a sociable, smart and low-shedding dog.
However, as with all mixes, there’s no guarantee which traits a dog will inherit from reach parent.
In this article, we’re going to take a deep dive into the world of Cavapoochons, providing you with an insight into these dogs.
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What is a Cavapoochon?
Cavapoochons are a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Bichon Frise and a Poodle.
Usually, breeders will breed a Cavachon, which is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise mix, with a Poodle to get a Cavapoochon.
This mix can often be confused for a Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel x Poodle), Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle) or a Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Bichon Frise).
Cavapoochons aren’t recognised as a breed by the American Kennel Club, Kennel Club in the UK or the United Kennel Club.
Cavapoochons can vary in height and weight depending on the size of the Poodle that is bred with the Cavachon. Most Cavapoochon breeders will use a miniature or toy Poodle to result in a small companion-sized dog.
They can range from around 9lbs to 15lbs, although some Cavapoochons could grow to 20lbs. Of course, if a breeder has used a standard Poodle, the Cavapoochon will be a lot bigger than a Cavapoochon with a miniature or toy Poodle parent.
Cavapoochons have proven a popular mix due to their teddy-bear like appearance. These hybrid dogs tend to have a face akin to a puppy even when the puppy days are long gone.
One of their standout features is their big, brown eyes. Without a doubt, their brown, button eyes contribute to their teddy bear or puppy appearance throughout their lives.
They’ve got a black nose with a round head and ears with lots of fluff. Cavapoochons have a wide head and muzzle with a stocky, sturdy build.
Cavapoochons will usually have a curly coat or a wavy coat. If they take after their Cavachon parent, their coat is likely to be wavy, while Cavapoochons who inherit the Poodle hair will have a curly coat.
Cavapoochon can come in a wide range of coat colors. One of the most common shades is red with white markings. Given the breeds involved in the creation of these “designer dogs”, there’s a wide range of potential colors.
Here are some of the shades:
• Black and White
• Black and Tan
• White/Red aka Blenheim
Cavapoochon have a temperament that embodies traits from all three breeds combined to create this tri-hybrid dog.
The mixed breed are usually companion-sized dogs that enjoy being around their pet parents. Indeed, their adorable appearance is matched by their personalities. These dogs have a sweet temperament.
They’re an upbeat mixed breed that have a playful nature, which can make them an ideal fit for families. Of course, irrespective of breed or mix, we never recommend leaving a dog alone with young children unsupervised.
Another common feature of these designer dogs appears to be their sociable nature. They usually get along easily with new people and new dogs. It’s a good idea to socialise your Cavapoochon puppy from a young age to get it used to different people, dogs and situations.
Are Cavapoochon good apartment dogs?
Cavapoochons can make great apartment dogs due to their small size. They don’t take up a lot of room. Their rise in popularity over the past couple of decades can be attributed to dog lovers living in urban areas.
Their size, easy-going nature and moderate exercise requirements makes them ideal for pet parents living in an apartment, studio or small home.
Although the Cavapoochon does have Poodle genes, this mix doesn’t tend to be an overly energetic dog. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Bichon Frises have less exercise requirements than Poodles. Cavapoochons will benefit from a couple of short walks a day. Alternatively, you could engage in some mental stimulation with training or agility.
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.
Are Cavapoochon smart?
Cavapoochons have good intelligence levels given their Poodle parent is considered one of the smartest dogs in the world. The Poodle is ranked at number two in terms of the dogs with the highest IQ (behind the Border Collie). While the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise aren’t considered quite as brainy as the Poodle, Cavapoochons will usually be relatively smart.
As with any puppy, it’s recommended you start training your Cavapoochon from a young age to lay down the basics. You could start with puppy training classes. The more consistent and more practice, the greater the chance your Cavapoochon will be a well behaved dog! Having spoken to some Cavapoochon owners, they’re usually eager to please and quick to learn.
Cavapoochons can be relatively easy and quick to train, especially if they take after their Poodle parent.
Cavapoochon separation anxiety
Separation anxiety is a chronic canine disorder that can affect dogs, regardless of breed or mix. It manifests itself when pet parents get ready to leave or leave the home without their dog. Their pooch could resort to relentless barking, howling or whining, destructive chewing or digging, pacing, or in some extreme cases, defecating or urinating inside the home.
Cavapoochons can suffer from separation anxiety, especially given Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Bichon Frises are known to suffer from the issue.
For instance, Ramsey the Cavapoochon has struggled with this chronic canine disorder:
Ramsey definitely has separation anxiety that we are working on. As long as we stick to a routine she has no issues with us leaving, but whenever we leave unexpectedly she gets very anxious.
Read our interview with separation anxiety expert Malena DeMartini here.
Are Cavapoochon hypoallergenic?
Cavapoochons are considered a hypoallergenic dog breed. They’ll usually have a low-shedding coat. The American Kennel Club write on their website that there’s no such thing as a 100 per cent hypoallergenic dog. However, the organization do list some breeds with more hypoallergenic qualities.
The Poodle and Bichon Frise are considered two hypoallergenic breeds by the AKC. Therefore, Cavapoochon could inherit hypoallergenic qualities. However, each member of this mixed breed is different and there’s no guarantee your Cavapoochon will be hypoallergenic.
Do Cavapoochon shed?
Cavapoochons are considered low-shedding dogs for the reasons set out above. Bichon Frises and Poodles are considered low-shedding breeds. Poodles, in particular, don’t release a lot of dander or dead hair. They’re usually caught in their tight curls.
While you can expect Cavapoochons to shed a little, it shouldn’t be a lot.
While Cavapoochons don’t shed a lot, their coats will require constant care from pet parents. It’s generally recommended that you brush your Cavapoochon daily to ensure their hair doesn’t become tangled or matted.
While you can have a daily grooming routine for your Cavapoochon, most owners will bring their cute pup to a professional groomer every four to six weeks. They can get their hair trimmed to keep hairs out of their eyes, which could potentially cause infection unless groomed.
By regularly brushing your Cavapoochon, you can keep their coat silky and soft.
Given their curly or wavy coats can easily pick up dirt or debris, it’s a good idea to bathe your Cavapoochon regularly.
Cavapoochons require a balanced, complete and healthy diet just like any dog. Here at helloBARK!, we really believe in the benefits of fresh dog meals provided by home dog food delivery companies. They can tailor their meals to meet your Cavapoochon’s specific needs, whether they need to gain weight, become more trim or suffer with allergies to certain food.
Ramsey (@teddygramsey) shed some light on Cavapoochons being potentially picky eaters:
When we first brought Ramsey home she was definitely a picky eater! It was so hard for us to give her medicine or treats of any kind because she didn’t want any of the things dogs normally want. As she’s gotten older this has stopped being an issue and she will eat just about anything.
Cavapoochon health problems
Cavapoochons are considered a healthy mixed breed, with some of the ailments associated with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels bred out of the dogs. However, they can still suffer from some potential health problems.
• heart problems
• luxating patella
• progressive retinal atrophy
• hip issues
Cavapoochons are often described as “designer dogs”, which implies they’re expensive little dog. The price can vary from breeder to breeder.
Having done research online, you can expect to pay between $2,000 (£1,500) and $3,000 (£2,000) for a Cavapoochon puppy.
As Cavapoochons aren’t a recognised breed by the AKC, KC or UKC, there isn’t a breed standard to keep breeders in check.
As a result, you’ll have to do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions to ensure you find an ethical and responsible breeder.
You should ask your breeder about health checks and health certifications for the parents. You should ask to see the puppy interact with its mother. You can ask to contact current Cavapoochon owners who have previously adopted from the breeder.
Although there is the initial expense of purchasing your Cavapoochon puppy, the costs won’t end there. You can expect to pay for pet insurance, puppy shots, dog food, microchipping as well as grooming costs.
If you’re thinking about a Cavapoochon, you could always head down to your local shelter or contact rescue centres in the greater area to see if they’ve got one of these hybrid dogs that needs to be rehomed.
Alternatively, some breeders could be looking to find new homes for retired breeding dogs or a dog that has been returned due to a change in personal circumstances of the owner.
Cavapoo vs Cavapoochon
It’s easy to confuse Cavapoos with Cavapoochons. Cavapoos are a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Poodles. By this stage, you’ll know Cavapoochons are a mix of Bichon Frises, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Poodles.
Cavapoochon to follow on Instagram
If you want to learn more about Cavapoochons, you could always check out some examples of these hybrid dogs on social media, such as Instagram. We’ve found pet parents are usually forthcoming with helpful advice and information for would-be owners. Here are some Cavapoochons to check out on Instagram.
• Ramsey (@teddygramsey)
• Gracie (@cavapoogracie)
Advice from Cavapoochon owners
We spoke to Ramsey (@teddygramsey) to learn more above Cavapoochons. Asked what attracted her parents to this hybrid breed, they replied:
Everything! They seemed to have such great traits- smart, loyal, friendly, playful. Not to mention they are incredibly cute and look like literal stuffed animals.
On whether they’d recommend a Cavapoochon to a first-time dog owner, Ramsey’s parents said:
Yes, definitely!! We are first-time dog owners and could not be happier with our choice. We already want another Cavapoochon!!
Wrapping up – our final thoughts
We’ve reached the end of our feature on Cavapoochons.
They’re a tri-hybrid dog combining the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise and Poodle.
Bred to be companion dogs with a friendly, outgoing and sweet nature, Cavapoocons can have hypoallergenic qualities with a low-shedding coat.