December 24

by Milo and Helen

Are Cavachons Calm Dogs

Cavachons are playful and energetic. They are intelligent, social, and tolerant of other pets in the home. They are good with children but probably better with slightly older children. They like plenty of activity but not boisterous pulling and dragging, which may be associated with very young children.

Are Cavachons Calm dogs? Cavachons are usually calm dogs and not likely to be aggressive but can get excited when they meet new people or animals.

They have an independent streak and like to explore. These traits make Cavachons ideal companion animals for households with large or single occupancy. In addition, Cavachons are loyal and good with strangers—which are two things most families appreciate about having one.

Cavachons are very good for people with limited mobility, whether older people, people recovering from illness, or people with physical disabilities. This is because Cavachons are pretty happy to sit with that person all day. But, of course, this is fine as long as someone else is available to take the dog for his daily exercise.

Cavachons can be used as therapy dogs.

Cavachons are so calm and loyal that they could be considered ideal candidates as therapy dogs for people who suffer from anxiety.

They are also suitable for people who have phobias, depression or are recovering from any sort of addiction. In fact, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was known as the comforter when it was first bred. When you are feeling low, the unconditional love you get from a dog can be a real uplifting ray of light, and Cavachons are one of the best at this job.

Are Cavachons hyper?

They are not hyper but will be very eager to play with you, or they may even play with a ball or squeaky toy for a while on their own and then relax and sit beside you afterward.

Cavachons are a cross breed between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Bichon Frise. The breed was officially created in 1996. The Bichon Frise and the Cavalier King Charles were both favorites of the royal families of Europe during the last four centuries. Therefore you would expect them to be nothing other than very calm with such regal heritage.

Cavachons love people. They want to be around people all the time as a companion. Still, bear in mind that they can also suffer separation anxiety if left alone for too long. They will be active when you are active and relaxed when you are relaxed. I find the Cavachon to be the perfect dog, but I would say that because we have a Cavachon as part of our family.

Are Cavachons gentle?

The average Cavachon is very gentle and loves to cuddle up sitting beside you. They will typically live in houses with other pets without any problems. They will not snatch food out of your hand when you feed them.

Cavachons tend not to growl or show their teeth when you interrupt them during feeding, but I wouldn’t recommend putting this to the test.  

The only times your Cavachon might get aggressive is when they feel threatened by another animal.

Are Cavachons anxious?

Cavachons are people dogs, so the one thing they really don’t like is to be left alone for an extended period. If you are thinking of adopting or buying a Cavachon, this is one thing you have to keep in mind.

They would not suit a house where the occupants are out all day. So when we go out, we ensure our Cavachon is in an ample, safe-contained area using a child safety gate and leave a radio or TV on. This has been known to help dogs relax as they are tricked into thinking they are not alone.  

We repeatedly do this when we have to leave our puppy home for a short period. We find that he is never stressed and tends to sleep. We tested this out by peeping through a window with him in view, and he does not show any signs of stress when we have left and when we return. 

I wouldn’t say our dog, Pog suffers from separation anxiety. He will get up from his bed when we get home, performing his greeting stretch while wagging his tail and looking like he has just been lying and relaxing the whole time we were away. Of course, he will be glad to see us, but he definitely never appears to suffer from some significant trauma. Most dogs sleep, but you still tend to wonder what his thoughts were while you were away. So we tend not to leave him too long on his own.

Other things that make them anxious are changes to their environment: thunderstorms or aggressive animals. But in general, they like it when there is plenty of activity going on as long as it’s not excessively boisterous.

What can you do to keep your Cavachon from becoming anxious?

If you want to keep your Cavachon happy and healthy, spending time with them every day is crucial. Spending time with your pet is just as important as feeding them properly and providing a clean living environment. In addition, playing games, taking walks, and giving them lots of affection will help alleviate their anxiety. 

When going out, you need to leave your Cavachon in a confined but reasonably large area where he can move around but not have the entire run of the home. It will need to be a very safe space with familiar objects and plenty of water. It is a good idea to leave your dog in the same place every time you leave so they can associate that space with you going out and, more importantly, with you returning. This may help with their separation anxiety.

There are hunting dogs in the ancestry of the Cavachon, so when they go for walks, they love to have a good sniff and fully explore their surroundings. I think this is our dog’s favorite activity and what makes him the most excited. He is also very keen on any game involving a ball.


Cavachons are very calm yet energetic companion dogs who will follow your lead during playtime and relax when you want to relax. They don’t like being left alone and prefer to be in the company of people as much as possible. They make an excellent therapy dog and children’s pet, and I would highly recommend them for any of these reasons.

The Cavachon as a cross breed dog is not eligible for registration with American Kennel Club but you can register with the International Designer Canine Registry and they are recognized by the American Canine Hybrid ClubThe Designer Breed Registry and The Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America.

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