Cavapoo vs Cavachon

Cavachon's are a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. Both these breeds of dogs are known for there friendliness and loving characters.  There looks are so similar that people often confuse the two cross breeds.

Bichon Frise

Bichon Frise

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Cavapoo vs Cavachon Size

The Cavachon is slightly smaller than a Cavapoo with the average height being anything between 10-13 inches (25-33 cm). The Cavapoo can reach a height of 9-14 inches (23-35cm) with the odd one being even taller.

The average weight of a Cavapoo is 12-25 lbs (5-11 kg). Whereas a Cavachon can weigh anything between 10-18 lbs (4.5 to 8kg).

Cavapoo vs Cavachon Coat

The Bichon Frise has a fairly long, dense coat that has tight curls and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has a silky medium length coat. So, a Cavachon's coat could vary in length and have some degree of either waviness or curliness. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels shed quite a bit while the Bichon Frise is a minimal shedder. So, a Cavachon can shed but it will be a lot less than most other dog breeds.

The Poodle has a tight curly coat which means that the Cavapoo coat can also be either wavy or curly depending on which parent the puppy takes after. Poodles are known to be hypoallergenic so Cavapoo puppies can also be hypoallergenic.

As far as coat color is concerned, the Cavachon is typically a dual or tri-color with most of the coat being white. The Cavapoo can be a solid color, solid color with white, dual color and tr-color.

Cavapoo vs Cavachon Health Issues

The Cavapoo is generally a healthy cross breed. However, there is a risk of inheriting a disease from either the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel or the Poodle. From the Cavalier side, the main risk would be MVD (mitral heart valve disease) which is the leading cause of death in Cavs. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeders are working hard to eradicate MVD from the breed so as long as a reputable breeder that constantly tests there stock is used then this should not be an issue with your Cavapoo.

The Cavachon can suffer from Atopic Dermatitis which is a skin disease that causes itchiness and redness.

Another disease that can be inherited from the Bichon Frise is Cushing's Disease. This disease causes excess levels of cortisol to circulate through the body. Tumors in the pituitary gland or adrenal glands is common.

MVD (mitral heart valve disease) can also be found in the Cavachon.

Cavapoo vs Cavachon - which one is best?

Both cross breeds have similar traits with some minor differences.

Cavapoos are friendly, intelligent, loyal, very affectionate and loving. They are cuddly and thrive on human companionship. Cavapoos' that inherit a more poodle like coat are less likely to shed and are classified as hypoallergenic. There life span is around 13-15 years.

Cavachons are also warm and affectionate with a sociable temperament. They are not as friendly as a Cavapoo when it comes to strangers but are gentle and loving with there own family. Cavachons do shed throughout the year so they are not a non-shedding breed. There lifespan is 10-15 years.

Both cross breeds are smart and trainable and require the same amount of exercise.

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  1. That’s cool that a Cavachon would be a friendly dog. I think that it would be nice for the kids to have a nice, small dog while they are little. I’ll have to consider getting one of those if I decide to get us a dog.

    1. Yes, a Cavachon is a great dog but just keep in mind that they can bark a lot and be nippy if teased. (Just like any other dog)

  2. Very informative article! We got our cavachon from a breeder called Cavachons from the Monarchy at and our pup is just as described here! Love these little guys so much. They have gentle temperaments, fantastic health, intelligence, and playful personalities… I think they make perfect starter pets or comfort companion!

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