Cavachon vs Cavapoo – What’s the Difference

Cavachon or Cavi-KON?

The word “cavachon” comes from the Spanish words “cava” meaning chestnut and “kón” meaning dog. These are both names given to the chestnuts native to Spain. They have been used since ancient times as food and medicine. The name “cavachon” was first applied to these nuts when they were imported into Europe during the Middle Ages (10th century).

In the 16th century, the Spaniards brought them back to their country and named them “cavachión”, which means chestnut dogs. From there it became known as “cavachon”. The English called them “chestnuts” because they looked like those tasty nuts!

Cavachon is a type of small black dog with white markings on its body and legs. There are several different types of cavachon:

Cavachon de la Frontera (Spanish Chestnut) – Smaller than the common chestnut, but still very large compared to other breeds. They tend to weigh between 15-20 pounds. Their coat tends to be lighter in color than the chestnuts found in other parts of the world.

They have dark brown eyes. They are mostly found in the southern part of Spain, but they can also be found in northern Africa.

Cavapoo or Cavapoo (Poodle / Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Hybrid)

A mix between a King Charles Spaniel and a poodle. The word “cavapoo” is a portmanteau of the words “Cavalier” and “poodle.” Its mix of a poodle’s intelligence and a King Charles Spaniel’s temperament make it an excellent pet for people who want a dog they can train easily without much effort.

They are small dogs with a sturdy, compact body and weigh 10 to 15 pounds on average. Their coat is dense, but they don’t shed excessively. Common colors are black and golden blond.

They have a broad head, wide-set dark eyes, and large erect ears that stand up. They have a round nose and a strong muzzle. Their tail is like a poodle’s: curly and typically docked.

Their temperament is similar to a poodle’s. They are intelligent, loyal, loving, playful, and gentle. They do well with children (and other dogs), provided they are socialized when they are young.

What does the cavachon look like?

Cavachon is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a small chestnut-colored poodle. The name ‘cavachon’ comes from the Spanish word for chestnut, which describes their coat color. Their weight varies from 15 pounds to 30 pounds. They are sometimes called American King Charles Spaniels, or American Cava-Poos.

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How much do cavapoos cost?

The average price for a cavapoo is $600 to $800. The cost may depend on whether you want an English Cut or a Continental Cut poodle. The latter has a bigger price tag. If you want a show-quality dog, the average price increases to about $1,100 to $1,400.

Cavapoos need regular grooming. You can either have this done at a professional’s place or learn to do it yourself. If you opt for the latter, make sure to buy high quality grooming supplies.

How do you groom a cavapoo?

Cavapoos require brushing after they get home from a walk or playtime, at least once a week. If you can, brush them daily. They shed hair like all other dogs; hence, regular brushing is necessary to keep the shedding under control.

Brush your cavapoo from top to toe, especially focusing on the head and ears – these parts of the body tend to accumulate a lot of dirt and hair. Start brushing from the bottom and work your way up slowly.

You can use a curry comb for removing any stubborn mats or knots. Do not use human hair dryers on your cavapoo’s coat, as it may damage it. If you want to give your dog a nice, shiny coat, use a canine hair dryer designed for this purpose.

How much exercise does a cavapoo require?

Like other dogs, cavapoos need at least 30 minutes of walks or playing in a yard every day. If possible, allow them to run free in a safe, enclosed area where they can play and exercise.

What is the average life span of a cavapoo?

The average life span of a cavapoo is between 10 to 15 years.

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Interesting Facts About the Cavapoo

The term ‘cavoodle’ is also used to refer to cavapoos.

They are excellent dogs for apartment living. They don’t need a yard as long as you take them out for daily walks.

Cavapoos get along well with children as long as they are socialized when young.

They may suffer from tracheal collapse, like other small-sized dogs. Watch out for symptoms like coughing or breathing difficulties. See a vet immediately if you notice any of these issues.

Cavapoos are quite intelligent. You can teach them tricks with little effort.

They are very adaptable dogs. They get along with everyone, including other pets in your home and strangers they meet on daily walks.

They are quite active indoors and will play by themselves when you are away. Make sure, however, to take them out for a walk or playtime at least once every day.

Cavapoos don’t need high fences because they are not jumpers or climbers. They can be leash-trained to not run off when outdoors.

How to Care and Train your Cavapoo

Training a cavapoo is quite easy. Like other dogs, you can train them at any age. It is important, however, to be consistent and use the same gentle, but firm approach every day.

Most cavapoos are quick learners. They respond well to positive reinforcement in the form of treats and pats. Harsh scoldings or corrections tend to have a negative effect on their behavior and should be avoided.

Housebreaking adult cavapoos takes about a month, maybe even less if you are consistent and patient. Start by taking them outside every two to three hours. Give them plenty of praise and treats whenever they go outdoors.

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Never scold them for accidents inside the house; this will only make matters worse.

Expect some scratching and whining to begin with. This is a natural part of the housebreaking process and should be ignored. Consistency is key here.

If you slack off with the training, your cavapoo may begin to ignore your commands completely.

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