The Cavachon is a small designer breed that is a mix between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a childhood favorite of King Charles II of England, and the Bichon Frise, a beloved hypoallergenic breed from France that is renowned for their solid white coat. Both parents are very popular companion breeds in the United States and can be traced back hundreds of years. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel descended from small spaniel-type breeds that became a prized favorite of British aristocrats in the 1800s while the Bichon Frise was originally bred to be a circus dog for European commoners and even French royalty. Regardless of their different origins, the Cavachon's parents are known for their gentle, patient, and outgoing personalities.
While the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise have two very different appearances, the Cavachon tends to have the perfect combination between the two with a soft, silky, slightly wavy coat that is commonly seen in a variety of colors including white, red and white, black and white, or tri-colored. As they are a mix between a shedding and non-shedding breed, Cavachons are usually considered to be little-to-no shedding, making them a potential choice for allergy-sensitive families. These fluffy dogs have a well-proportioned muzzle and may be seen with the long ears and sad puppy-dog face of the Cavalier and the feathered tail of the Bichon Frise that curls up to sit on the lower back. Since the Cavachon is a cross between two different parent breeds, they will inherit physical traits from both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise. Some dogs may have more of a Cavalier appearance while some may have more Bichon features.
Due to having parents that are widely known for their companionability, Cavachons are affectionate, gentle, and friendly dogs who can make a great pet for a variety of households. Unlike most small breeds, this mix tends to be very patient and tolerant of small children who may try pulling on their ears or tail. Intelligent and eager to learn, the Cavachon does exceptionally well with training as long as they have firm and consistent leadership. Like many smaller breeds, they can develop separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time and are best suited for a family who can spend plenty of with them. This mix has lots of energy and absolutely loves to play with their favorite human but they are not so energetic to be hyperactive. Regular exercise by going on daily walks around the neighborhood will be appreciated. The best way to understand the temperament of the Cavachon is to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise, any combination of these characteristics can be found from either breed.