The Cavachons are a relatively new designer dog breed perfect for apartments and urban dog owners. Cavachons are a crossbreed between two small dog breeds, a Bichon Frise and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This breed is also known by various other names such as Bichon-king Charles or Cavalier-Bichon, etc. No matter how you call them, there is no doubt that these are adorable lapdogs and great companions that are also good with children. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Cavachon puppies are all the rage right now and it seems like everyone would like to get one.
However, before buying any puppy, you should educate yourself on the needs of that specific breed and the cost of owning such a dog. If you want to learn more about Cavachon breed needs, temperament, health, lifespan, and how to buy puppies, keep on reading.
What You Need To Know Before Buying Cavachon Puppies?
Before buying a Cavachon puppy, you need to first ask yourself several questions.
- Do you have enough financial stability to properly care for the dog?
- Do you have enough time to fulfill the dog’s needs (exercise, walks, playtime)?
- Is your apartment or house big enough to accommodate a dog?
- Are the dog’s temperament and personality compatible with yours?
Below you will find basic info about the Cavachon breed. Information about the dog’s temperament, personality, size, exercise needs, health issues, and lifespan will help you to determine if Cavachon is the right dog for you.
As we have already said, Cavachon is a designer breed. This means that there is no clear breed standard regarding physical characteristics due to the substantial difference between individual dogs of the breed. However, since Cavachon is a mix between two small breeds, you can expect them to be small. Generally, Cavachon will stand 12 to 13 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh between 15 and 35 pounds.
Personality & Temperament
Cavachons are easy-going happy dogs that are willing to meet everyone they come across. These are not energetic dogs, but they will also not spend the entire day sleeping. Yes, typically Cavachon is a true lap dog that likes to cuddle and nap, but Cavachons also like to go out, walk, meet new people and discover new places.
These are also alert dogs and some of them may bark when new people arrive, but they generally aren’t barkly.
There are two types of Cavachons. Those with medium-length coats and those with a long coat. If you are an allergic person then a medium-long coat Cavachon is the right option for you. Generally, Cavachons aren’t difficult to groom and keep clean. Brush them three to four times a week and bathe as necessary and you will be just fine. Remember, to trim the nails when needed and brush their teeth regularly to prevent dental issues.
Cavachons are intelligent dogs and they are eager to please their owners. These two traits make them easy dogs to train. Make sure to use positive reinforcement training methods, as they will not react well to harsh methods and negative feedback. Also, keep the training sessions short and interesting.
Like all dog breeds, Cavachons are prone to certain diseases and health issues. These are the most common ones:
- Patellar Luxation
- Heart Murmur
- Atopic Dermatitis
- Cushing’s Disease
- Mitral Valve Disease
Cavachons live 10 to 15 years on average.
Costs of owning a Cavachon puppy?
Cavachon puppies tend to be quite expensive. The initial cost of buying a Cavachon puppy will depend on the breeder’s reputation and the overall quality of the puppy. Premium grade Cavachon puppies can be as much as $2200. However, most breeders ask between $400 and $900 for their Cavachon puppies.
Goldens Club Guide: What To Look For When Buying A Puppy?
When buying a puppy, never give your money before meeting the breeder in person and visiting the facility. A good, reputable breeder will ask you questions to see if you are fit to care for the puppies. Also, a good breeder will be happy to talk about the puppies, their parents and answer all your questions.
Make sure to ask for the health clearances of both parents and ask to see them if possible to check their demeanor and behavior.
Even if you receive all the necessary health clearances and guarantees, you still need to check the puppies, interact with them and choose the best one. This is what you need to do:
Check the coat
Check the puppy’s coats for dry scaly flakes, bumps on the skin, dandruff, or open sores. The puppy’s coat should be clean, without excess oil, dried skin, or bald patches.
Look at the eyes
Puppy’s eyes should be bright, clear, and shiny, whites of the eyes should be white with no traces of other colors. Also, look for the traces of discharge as they are a signal something is wrong with the puppy.
Check the ears
Pick the puppy and look inside the ear canal, check for the signs of black specks, drainage, or wax buildup. Also, there shouldn’t be any bad smell coming from the ears.
Look at the nose
Contrary to popular belief, a warm and dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean that the dog is ill. On the other hand, a discharge is never a good sign, especially a green mucous discharge that is a sign of fungus or bacterial infection.
Take a look at the puppy’s mouth
Open the puppy’s mouth and check the teeth and gums. Teeth should be white, gums pink and there should be no bad breath.
Also, make sure to check the puppy’s bite. A Maltipoo puppy should have a scissors bite, which means that the top and bottom teeth should fit together evenly and smoothly.
Listen to the breathing
Pick up the puppy and listen to its breathing. If you hear the wheezing and rasping sounds, it’s not good.
Observe how the puppy walks
A healthy puppy will walk without any visible problems. However, dizzy, wobbly gait, limping, or signs of pain are big warning signs.
Check puppy’s responsiveness and alertness
A healthy puppy should be active, alert, and responsive to you. Avoid puppies that seem lethargic and weak.
Check if the puppies in the litter have been socialized
The best way to check if the puppies have been raised with attention and love is to drop something that will make noise. If the puppies startle but very quickly recover, it’s a good litter. On the other hand, if the puppies seem terrified and run away, it’s a good sign they have been neglected and raised in isolation.
Observe puppy’s interaction with other puppies
Stand back and observe how puppies play with each other. Mark the puppies who appear dominant and headstrong and those that are withdrawn, these are not puppies for you. Dominant puppies tend to develop into dogs that have behavioral issues, while withdrawn and skittish puppies are most likely ill.
Choose the puppy whose behavior sits in the middle of the range, one that is neither dominant nor shy.
Interact with puppies
Now it’s time to interact with puppies. As soon as you enter the puppy pen, they should jump on you and swarm you. However, if they are afraid or run away from you, this is not the litter for you.
Pick up puppies you find most interesting
Pick up and interact with the few puppies you find most interesting. Turn the puppy on his back gently and place your hand on his chest. If the puppy squirms and tries to get away, but it’s not aggressive and doesn’t try to bite you, things are looking good. Otherwise, don’t buy any of the pups.
Always ask for health guarantees
Always ask for health clearances of both parents and health guarantees for the puppy. All breeders should offer at least a basic health guarantee. You will probably need to sign a contract that obligates you to see the vet within 48 to 72 after purchase for a full health examination. If the puppy doesn’t pass the health test, you can then exchange it for another puppy.