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The Cavachon is one of the smaller designer crossbreeds and while more common in the US, is slowly growing in popularity around the world. The breeds that make up the Cavachon are the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise.

The Cavachon can be a first cross (with one Cavalier and one Bichon parent) or they can be bred back to one of the original breeds or be two Cavachons bred together - so there are varieties in size, shape, colours and coat types but in all cases, this is a small companion dog.


10–15 years
The colours of the Cavachon can be any colouring that’s common to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or the Bichon Frise, including: Black and tan; ruby; Blenheim; tricolour or white
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Needs under an hour of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming daily
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

There is often some variation in the health and issues that may arise in crossbreeds as some dogs retain more of the characteristics of one breed over the another. 
For more information on the health problems that may affect this crossbreed, visit the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise breed pages.


Like most crossbreeds, the personality of a Cavachon depends on the parents and how they have been bred and reared, but both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise are affectionate dogs who bond closely to their owners.

The Cavachon is a toy companion dog who will enjoy training, games and being part of everything their owner does – and will want to go everywhere with them.

The personality of a Cavachon seems to be more consistent when they are first crosses (F1). As a line is successively bred, they can be either bred back to one of the original breeds (and so strengthen either the Cavalier or the Bichon personalities) or else be bred to another Cavachon – in which case there is less predictability in temperament (and in-breeding becomes more of a potential issue).

Responsible breeders should be prioritising behaviour as highly as health, and so it’s important to find a good breeder. A well-bred Cavachon should be very outgoing, happy and confident and not nervous, shy or fearful.

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Did You Know?

  • As the Cavachon is a mixed breed, it currently isn’t recognised by the UK Kennel Club.
  • If socialised at an early age, the Cavachon can get along well with cats due to their smaller size.
  • Cavachon’s are intelligent and curious, so they excel at learning tricks.
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