Cavachon vs. Cavapoo – what’s the difference?

The Cavachon and Cavapoo are two popular cross-breeds with a common parent: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The former is bred with a Bijon Frise, and the latter with a Poodle. There are many similarities across the two breeds, both in terms of physicality and personality, with just a few subtle differences.

 

Appearance

Both the Cavachon and the Cavapoo have large floppy ears and beautiful large eyes. These are traits both breeds have inherited from the Cavalier. These attributes make for two incredibly cute looking breeds which some describe as teddy bear-like or like puppies that never grow up: “forever puppies”.

These are relatively small dogs. The size and weight of both breeds is around 1ft and 18lbs. Cavapoos can be very slightly larger than Cavachons.

The fur of both breeds is alike and they are classed as hypoallergenic dogs. Thanks to the Poodle and the Bijon Frise having curly dense fur, the cavapoo and the Cavachon have inherited these properties in their own fur and shed very little. The fur colour can be a little more diverse in Cavapoos, ranging from black or brown to red or blonde. The Cavachon is typically mostly white (the Bijon’s trademark) with patches of tan.

Temperament

The Cavapoo and the Cavachon are two well-balanced breeds. The cavalier is a placid, loving and sometimes lazy breed. Whereas both the poodle and the Bijon are much more lively and playful. The poodle’s intelligence arguably makes the Cavapoo slightly easier to train.

Both are highly social creatures, they are highly affectionate towards their owners and other people. Overall, these are excellent personality traits which render both breeds excellent choices for families and first-time dog owners. However, a word or caution: both breeds are susceptible to becoming a little too attached and can easily develop separation anxiety if this isn’t managed carefully.

Further, and I can attest to this, the Cavapoo loves people and other dogs so much that it would happily walk off with a stranger. I mention this as something worth prospective Cavapoo owners knowing because, unfortunately, dog-napping is on the rise!

Health

The fact both the Cavachon and Cavapoo are crossbreeds is a coup for their health versus that of pedigree “pure” breeds. This stems from simple biology in that the gene pool of crossbreeds is invariably more diverse. That said, every dog is different and there is no guarantee your cava-cross pup will always have perfect health. As with all dogs, it is best practice to take them for regular check-ups at the vets, even if Fido appears to be as fit as a fiddle.

Conditions that can affect both the Cavapoo and the Cavachon include:

  • hereditory heart disease
  • luxating patella (slipping of the kneecap)
  • progressive eye issues, including cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy

My research suggests that cavachons are more susceptible to a wider range of potential health issues versus the cavapoo but finding reputable breeders of either type of dog are the main thing for prospective owners should worry about.

What is a Cavapoochon?

The Cavapoochon is mixture of the Cavalier King Charles, Poodle and Bijon Frise. To achieve a Cavapoochon, a Cavapoo could be bred with a Bijon Frise or, alternatively, a Cavachon could be bred with a Poodle. They are known for being incredibly cute. However, because there are fewer of them around, they seem to command quite a hefty price tag of around $3,000 for a puppy.