Cavanese: King Charles Cavalier Crossed with a Havanese
Cavanese dogs are amazing companions for those who want a loving pet full of love, loyalty, affection, and intelligence. These kinds of dogs aim to please, they enjoy being at the very center of attention, and they require a significant amount of devotion. Today we’re going to learn all about what a Cavanese is and how to properly care for this amazing breed of dog.
What is a Cavanese?
A Cavanese dog is a crossbreed between a cavalier King Charles spaniel and a Havanese. This breed is known as a designer dog, though the origins are not entirely clear. Most breeders agree that the Cavanese came about sometime in the 1980s when designer breeds began growing dramatically in popularity across the United States and other places in the world.
One of the reasons that Cavanese dogs are so popular is that they are generally happy, bright, social, and excellent companions for families with small children as well as the elderly.
Cavanese dogs require massive amounts of attention, they suffer from severe separation anxiety when left alone for too long, anywhere over just a couple of hours, and they are very similar to both origin breeds.
Cavanese get along very well with children and other pets, they’re not very good watch dogs because they’re way too friendly, and they are very tiny. A Cavanese dog only weighs somewhere between 12 pounds and 17 pounds.
How Much Do I Feed My Cavanese Dog?
To keep your Cavanese dog healthy, it’s important that you feed them only the highest quality of canine food available. If you’re going with a dry food, it’s advised to feed your Cavanese about a ¾ cup of food each day split between two meals. Be sure that if you want to feed your dog canned food, you reduce the amount of dry food so that your puppy doesn’t gain extra weight.
If you have any issues with the diet of your Cavanese dog, the first step should always be to consult a veterinarian.
Are Cavanese Easy to Train?
Cavanese dogs are moderately easy to train. However, be aware that results may vary and often take longer than with other dogs. When training a Cavanese dog, you must practice patience and consistency.
The only type of training that works with a Cavanese dog is positive training. You must employ positive techniques to get your dog to do what you want. These types of dogs will not respond to anger or negative training.
Be aware that Cavanese dogs are people pleasers. They always want to make their owners happy. If you establish yourself as the leader of the pack, your Cavanese dog will always follow. During training, be sure that you use lots of treats, a reasonable amount of rewards, and a lot of praise. If your dog knows that you appreciate the effort, it will be a lot easier to train.
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How Long Do Cavanese Live?
Cavanese dogs live on average between 12 and 15 years. Keep in mind that because Cavanese dogs are technically hybrids, they may inherit some nasty health problems from both sides of the family tree. But unfortunately, there is no way to predict health issues in the long term. Your Cavanese dog may not experience any of the problems associated with Havanese dogs or cavalier King Charles spaniels.
That said, some of the most popular issues with Cavanese dogs include hip and joint dysplasia, eye conditions and ear problems, issues with heart and skin, early deafness, and something known as mitral valve disease.
If you suspect your Cavanese is suffering from a medical issue, get off the Internet and rush to your local veterinarian.
Are Cavanese Hypoallergenic?
The Cavanese dog is not hypoallergenic strictly speaking. However, Havanese dogs are indeed known for their minimal shedding and their similarity to hypoallergenic dogs. Havanese dogs shed pretty much never, making them as close to hypoallergenic as it gets. Because Cavanese share half their DNA with Havanese, they also have minimal shedding.
If you hate pet hair, Cavanese dogs are a great option. They shed very little and people who suffer from dog allergies and sensitivity to pet hair don’t experience as many problems with Cavanese dogs as they do with others.
Do Cavanese Dogs Need to Be Groomed?
Cavanese dogs absolutely need to be groomed regularly. The good news is that it’s not a difficult job. The Cavanese dog’s coat is extremely soft. Plus, these dogs are small. It doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes to brush all of your dog’s hair. The only thing that might make brushing a bit of a pain is if your Cavanese has curly hair. In this case, thorough brushing is definitely required.
As for just how often you need to groom your Cavanese dog, a quick brushing one to three times per week is sufficient to keep your dog looking fabulous. If you need to remove tangles, always be sure to work gently with a wide-toothed comb. Hair cutting is also going to vary depending on the type of coat your mixed breed Cavanese inherited.
For example, if your dog has more of a Havanese coat, it should be clipped every few months. But if your dog inherited the coat of the spaniel, you only ever need to clip its hair around its ears and between its toes. Be sure never to shave your dog’s hair completely or it will be prone to dangerous sunburns.
How Much Does a Cavanese Dog Cost?
If you’re desperate to get ahold of one of these amazing and cuddly dogs, you should be aware that they come with a fairly moderate price tag. The Cavanese dog is actually quite a bit cheaper than other designer breeds. You can expect to pay upwards of $1,100 dollars to adopt a Cavanese puppy.
To put this in perspective, a cavalier King Charles spaniel usually costs significantly more, with puppy adoptions going for upwards of $1400. On the other side, Havanese dogs are significantly more affordable, costing only around $1000.
Cavanese FAQ Section
Do Cavanese dogs shed?
Cavanese dogs may shed, and the answer is it depends. Both dogs need grooming, that is for sure but Havanese do not shed at all and King Charles Cavaliers do shed a fair amount. So the answer is it really depends on which genes get passed on to your pup. If your dog is more Cavalier it will shed more, if it is more Havanese it will shed less.
Both dogs can mat, and because of that you will need to pay attention to the grooming regiment.
Are Havanese yappy?
Yappy would not be a word to describe the Havanese, but like most small-medium dogs they do bark at times, especially when someone comes to the house. They can be trained, and are very smart so it is definitely something that you can work on.
Yappy is more of a word for dogs that bark or “yap” all the time at everything.