The Cavapom: A Complete Guide

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The Cavapom is an energetic little house dog. They are very social little dogs, and they are great with families.

In fact, these dogs prefer to be around people, which means that they’re not a good option for people who aren’t going to be home often.

These dogs are very affectionate and playful. They will find a way to entertain themselves doing just about anything, and they especially love playing with small chew toys or chasing balls.

Since this dog is a hybrid and there isn’t a purebred standard for behaviors and appearance standards, it often best to look at both of the parenting breeds to figure out how your Cavapom will behave.

The Cavapom is the hybrid of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pomeranian. Both of these dogs have made popular household pets for a long time.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a toy-sized version of the King Charles Spaniel. They were specially bred in the early 18th Century to serve as companions for small children and noble housewives.

In those days, the nobles didn’t get outside of the house much, and the large King Charles Spaniels were mainly outdoor hunting dogs that had a lot of energy and didn’t like being pent up indoors.

The Pomeranian has a similar history. Their ancestors were large working dogs in cold Arctic regions.

At some point breeders decided to minify them, thinking that they would make a great small house dog.

They were right. These little dogs have long had a position in the courts of the European nobles, and today they are even more popular.

They are small, temperamental and often act far larger than they actually are.

While not the most intelligent dogs in the world, both of these toy dogs are relatively easy to train. Once they are properly groomed, they do look quite fancy as well.

For these reasons, it is very common to see these dogs perform on a professional level.

The Cavapom is no different. It is a small dog that inherits the traits of obedience and playfulness from both of its parents.

Over the past few years, this hybrid has grown massively in popularity because they are perfect for people who live in large city apartments and don’t have the space available to let their dog out every day.

Cavapom Puppies – Before You Buy…

A small Cavapom with wet hair in the snow
The Cavapoms are relatively low-maintenance dogs.

Cavapoms make the perfect indoor housepet, but you will need to spend some time housebreaking these puppies when you first bring them home.

They tend to be very emotional, and it’s not uncommon for them to suffer severe night terrors during their first few months of living in your house.

You can reduce the instances of this by bringing home two puppies, and they do very well when they have a companion.

What Price are Cavapom Puppies?

Even though this dog is very tiny, it can often be quite expensive. Buyers should expect to pay between $1,000 and $1,700 for their first Cavapom.

The final price will depend both on the breeder and the pedigree of the parents. If the parents are show-quality dogs, then their Cavapom puppies will be far more expensive.

The Cavapom’s high price is also a reflection of the cost of the parents.

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can cost up to $3,500 in some cases and the Pomeranian has an average price of around $1,000.

How to Find Reputable Cavapom Breeders?

Since these dogs have grown in popularity so much, there has been a surge of breeders who have started to sell Cavapoms.

They are usually located near high-end neighborhoods and cater to the surrounding residents. You will rarely have to worry about a Cavapom breeder trying to sell you a different breed of dog.

This dog has unique features that you won’t see in almost any other toy-sized dog.

The main deception that you will have to look out for is shady breeders who are trying to hide the parent dogs’ pedigree papers and overcharge for the price of the Cavapom.

If the breeder who you’re buying your puppies from can’t produce pedigree papers or tell you any information on the parents, then it’s a sign that they may be trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

3 Little-known facts about Cavapom puppies

  1. Cavapoms enjoy the company of other small dogs, and if you can, it’s a good idea to bring home two of these dogs at a time.
  2. Cavapom puppies will usually take a month to housebreak when you first bring them home.
  3.  Cavapom puppies are moderate energy dogs. Due to their small size, they can get most of their energy out in the house, but they still need to be taken outdoors from time to time. When they are puppies, the fresh air can often help with their growth and development.
A small white Cavapom on a wooden table
The Cavapoms need to be around a companion when outside.

Physical Traits of the Cavapom

The Cavapom is a small dog that inherits the short legs of the Pomeranian with the long, lean body of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

They have the silky-smooth fur that you’ll only find on Spaniels. Their fur is usually a medium length and is very thin, making them incredibly easy to brush and groom.

Many owners choose to keep their Cavapom’s coat trimmed short during the summer months.

If they are left outside too long, and they have long hair, they can sometimes suffer a heat stroke, and become easily fatigued.

One of the most prominent features that you will notice about the Cavapom is their large, protruding forehead. This is a trait that they inherit from the Pomeranian.

However, it’s often overlooked on the Pomeranian because they have a lot of facial hair that hides it.

The Cavapom lacks this extra facial hair and has a bare head like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

As a result, their big head is very obvious and distinguishes them from almost every other small dog.

How Big is a Full-Grown Cavapom?

Seeing as both of the parenting dogs are very small breeds, the Cavapom rarely ever grows heavier than 15 pounds when fully grown.

You will still be able to pick them up and carry them around should you wish.

If you walk the streets of Hollywood, it’s not uncommon for owners to be seen carrying around their Cavapoms in small handheld dog crates or doggy strollers.

Looking at the Cavapom’s height, they usually only stand about a foot tall.

When looking at these dogs, it is common to see that the males are a couple of pounds heavier and a few inches taller than the females.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Cavapom?

These dogs have an average life expectancy of around 11 years.

Compared to other small dogs, this is a few years below what you would expect from most Cavalier King Charles Spaniel crossbreeds.

However, this may be due to the fact there isn’t a lot of data to go on since the breed is relatively new to the scene.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Cavapom

A light brown Cavapom sticking its tongue out
The Cavapom inherits the short legs of the Pomeranian.

Cavapoms have a moderate level of intelligence. They are easily trained for obedience purposes, but they are rarely ever seen doing agility contests or anything that is physically competitive.

These types of advanced commands tend to go over the Cavapom’s head. In general, these dogs tend to have a very mild temperament.

The only time that you will have to worry about them getting irritated is if there is a new dog around who they don’t recognize, or if their physical space is being intruded upon.

This is usually not a problem, however, if you spay and neuter them.

These small dogs are very playful which makes them fun for just about any household.

They love to run around in the yard chasing a ball or playing with their favorite toys in the house.

Cavapoms get along very well with small children, and as long as they are properly trained, you won’t have to worry about them being aggressive or barking at your kids.

The Cavapom’s Diet

Since they are so small, Cavapoms rarely need more than 1.5 cups of food per day.

Giving them more than this usually results in weight gain, which is something that their small body frames weren’t designed to handle and can cause them health issues.

It is recommended that you feed them primarily dry food. They are prone to losing teeth at an earlier age, and wet food can accelerate this.

How Much Exercise Does the Cavapom Need?

The Cavapom has a moderate level of activity, and they rarely will need more than 20 minutes of exercise a day.

Most of the time, they can get all of this energy out while running from room to room in your house, which makes them great for people who live in a smaller area.

They do very much enjoy fresh air, however, so it’s a good idea to take them on a walk outdoors a few times a week.

Cavapom Health and Conditions

In general, Cavapoms are very hardy little dogs. You won’t have to worry about paying a lot of money to the vets which helps to offset their steep price.

The one thing that these dogs are prone to develop, however, is skin problems.

Dry skin, rashes, and sometimes parasites are common, especially if they spend a lot of time outside. Usually, these can all be treated with a topical ointment, though.

Male vs Female

Because Cavapom dogs vary so much in appearance, it can be tricky distinguishing a male from a female at a glance – sometimes, even for experts and breeders! Up close and personal though, the differences are a little more clear.

Males of this breed, like most breeds, tend to be a little bigger than females – but only by an inch or two. Similarly, males often weigh slightly more, but only by a handful of pounds.

It’s in personality that the two sexes of Cavapom are often most likely to differ.

Even so, this also is reliant on which side of this mixed breed’s parents has the most dominant role in his or her genetics.

In other words, if the Pomeranian side is dominant, your dog will prove more independent here.

And if she is female, perhaps even more independent still.

Whatever the genetic makeup of your Cavapom, females of this dog mixed breed are more content to go about their day in their own way. She likes to explore on her own time, and lounge around in her downtime.

She’ll still be loving and affectionate, but unlike males of this dog breed, she won’t want to necessarily be your sidekick every hour of the day.

Males are buddy dogs through and through, and always want to be included in anything fun that’s going down.

You’ll find them exceptionally loyal and easy to please, but also sometimes apt to put his nose into your affairs when you’re trying to relax.

He’s the kind of dog who pokes his nose under your newspaper while you’re reading it in a bid for attention and never says no to a trip to the park, even if he was only there an hour ago.

He also is far more curious about other dogs, and other people, than the female Cavapom – good if you’re into meeting new people, perhaps less so if you’re wanting to keep to yourself when you’re out and about.

Final Thoughts on the CavapomA Cavapom with a sweater on looking at you

If you’re looking for a family-friendly housedog who has more energy than your typical lapdog, then the Cavapom is a great option.

They are relatively low-maintenance as far as food and vet visits go, but they will need socialization. Cavapoms need to be around a companion for most of their waking hours.

If they are left alone, then they can often become agitated.

If you are prepared to offer a loving, friendly home to this dog, then you are bound to have a puppy that will serve you well for many years.

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