Before You Buy A Cavachon

9 Best Questions To Ask Before You Buy A Cavachon

The Cavachon is an adorable cross breed that has become extremely popular in recent years due to its cute appearance and low-shed hypoallergenic coat.

With that said, it’s important to understand everything that goes along with owning a Cavachon before you make the decision to own one for yourself.

As you can imagine owning any dog is a big commitment so it’s important to do your research before you make your final decision.

There’s a lot to consider here which is why I put together this article on the 9 best questions to ask before you buy a Cavachon.


1 Should I Buy A Mix Breed Dog?

The first thing that’s important to consider before buying a Cavachon is whether you should buy a mix breed dog.

A mix breed dog is the result of two different dog breeds having puppies. As you may already know, a Cavachon is a cross between a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Other examples of mix breed dogs include: the Poochon, the CockaPoo, and the the Yorkie Bichon.

There are a number of pros and cons to consider before you decide to own a mix breed dog.

Let’s take a quick look at these pros and cons:

Pros of a mix breed dog:

  • They have a low shed hypoallergenic coat
  • They tend to have better overall health
  • They have a unique appearance when compared to purebred dogs.

Cons of a mix breed dog:

  • Their size is unpredictable
  • Their appearance is unpredictable
  • Potential health issues are unpredictable

You can read more about the pros and cons of a mix breed dog like the Cavachon in this article I wrote:

6 Helpful Pros And Cons Of A Cavachon You Need To Know


2 What Is The Temperament Of The Cavachon?

It’s also important to understand and consider the temperament associated with the Cavachon. A dog’s temperament refers to the way they behave and how they act around you and around other people or other animals.

Learning about the temperament of the Cavachon will help to determine if this is the right type of dog for you.

Cavachon Temperament

Cavachons have a friendly and sociable temperament similar to their parents, the Bichon and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Just like the Bichon, Cavachons thrive on attention and get on well with other animals and other people.

With that said, it’s always important to socialize a new dog from a young age so they get used to being around other people and animals.

Cavachons also get on well with children due to their friendly temperament.

However, it’s important that small children are always supervised during playtime to make sure they avoid playing too rough.

Common Traits Of A Cavachon

  • Sociable
  • Friendly
  • Gentle
  • Intelligent
  • Eager to please

3 How Big Do Cavachons Grow?

Size is another important thing to consider before you buy a Cavachon.

You need to be sure you have the space in your home to comfortably accommodate a new dog before you commit to owning one.

While all dogs look adorable as puppies, you might not have the space for a dog that can snatch your dinner off the kitchen counters!

Let’s take a look at how big Cavachons grow to try and understand things a bit further.

What Is The Average Height Of A Cavachon

As with cross breed or mix breed dogs, it’s difficult to very accurately predict the height of a fully-grown Cavachon like you could a pure breed dog.

Based on the height of the parents however, we can make an educated guess about the height of a fully-grown Cavachon.

The average height of a Cavachon is between 12 and 13 inches. Though this can vary from litter to litter depending on the size of the parents.

What Is The Average Weight Of A Cavachon

Similar to height, it can be difficult to accurately predict the weight of a fully-grown Cavachon as they are a cross breed of dog.

However, using the parents as a rough guide we can generally say how much a Cavachon could weigh when they’re fully grown.

The average weight of a Cavachon is between 15 and 20 lbs (pounds). This can vary from litter to litter depending on the size of the parents.


4 Can A Cavachon Be Left Alone?

It’s important to know if your dog can be left alone for periods of time especially if you aren’t at home all day. Some dog breeds don’t enjoy being left alone and act out by becoming destructive or barking excessively when you’re not home.

Once you learn how your dog behaves when they’re left alone you can take steps to prevent your dog from feeling lonely like sending them to day care or taking them for walks during lunch.

Of course, it should go without saying that if you intend to be away all day due to work or other commitments, it’s important to consider if owning a dog in the first place is something for you.

At the end of the day, it would be unfair to leave a dog on its own in the house all day. Dog’s are sociable creatures and love being surrounded by a family or other animals.

In the case of the Cavachon, they generally don’t mind being left alone for short periods of time as long as they’ve been exercised beforehand.

With that said though, it is likely the Cavachon will inherit some form of separation anxiety from their Bichon parent.

This means that they shouldn’t be left alone for long periods and should probably be placed in a crate/cage when you leave the house for their own safety.

Separation anxiety is something that can be mitigated with consistent training and regular exercise and not all Cavachons develop this trait. This is still something to be aware of before owning a Cavachon.

If you’d like to learn more about ways to prevent separation anxiety in your Cavachon, I’ve linked a video below that should help you out:


5 How Often Does A Cavachon Bark?

The Cavachon doesn’t bark often when compared to other breeds of dogs. With that said, this all depends on how your Cavachon is trained and socialized from a young age.

Cavachons as well as their Bichon Frise parent tend to bark at strangers or whenever the doorbell rings.

This makes them good alert dogs but this barking can become excessive without proper training.

Obedience training from a young age and regular socialization with other people and other pets are key ways to prevent this habit of excessive barking from occurring.


6 Are Cavachons Hard To Toilet Train?

Cavachons are considered to be intelligent dogs. This makes them relatively easy to toilet train for first-time dog owners.

With that being said, toilet training a new puppy is something that requires patience and consistency no matter the breed.

If you want to learn more about the toilet training process, I’ve linked a video below that should help you out:


7 How Long Do Cavachons Live?

As with all cross breeds, it’s difficult to accurately determine the age span of a Cavachon.

What we can do in this case is look to the parents (the Bichon Frise and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) to determine a rough age.

The average age span of a Cavachon is between 10 – 15 years.

Of course, this varies depending on the dog’s general health, weight, nutrition, and exercise regime which all affect your dog’s age span.


8 Will My Cavachon Get On Well With Others?

Due to the friendly and sociable nature of the Cavachon, they generally get on well with other people, other pets, and with children.

There are some caveats to this of course.

All dogs should be socialized with other dogs and other people from a young age. This helps them to become familiar with others. It also helps them to learn how to interact and behave with others.

While Cavachons get on well with children, it’s always important to supervise any play especially with very small children or children who might play too rough.

It’s important to teach children how to interact with dogs and vice versa!


9 What Else Do I Need To Know To Look After My Cavachon?

We’ve already covered a lot of what goes into owning a Cavachon but there are some additional things to consider:

  • Regular vet visits – at least yearly for checkups.
  • Spaying + neutering – it’s recommended to have your dog spayed or neutered if you don’t intend to breed them.
  • Nutrition – it’s important to feed your dog high-quality food and to feed them the correct amount of food each day to ensure their weight is optimal for their size.
  • Exercise – it’s recommended that you exercise your Cavachon for between 30 and 40 minutes each day.
  • Grooming – Cavachons should be groomed approximately every two months to ensure their coat is kept in good condition.
  • As they age – as your Cavachon ages, they will have different exercise and nutritional requirements so it’s important to check in with your vet regularly to ensure this is monitored.

Conclusion

We’ve covered a lot of information in this article so let’s summarize.

Here are the 9 best questions to ask before you buy a Cavachon:

  1. Should I buy a mix breed dog?
  2. What is the temperament of the Cavachon?
  3. How big do Cavachons grow?
  4. Can a Cavachon be left alone?
  5. How often does a Cavachon bark?
  6. Are Cavachons hard to toilet train?
  7. How long do Cavachons live?
  8. Will my Cavachon get on well with others?
  9. What else do I need to know to look after my Cavachon?

By taking the time to find the answers to each of these questions you’ll be much more prepared to become a Cavachon owner if that’s what you decide to do.

With that in mind, I hope you found some valuable information in this article and learned something new.

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