Cavapom (Pomeranian & Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mix)

Height: 12 – 13 inches
Weight: 8 – 20 pounds
Lifespan: 12 – 16 years
Colors: White, cream, red, brown, black, brindle
Suitable for: Families, seniors, people in apartments
Temperament: Loyal & loving, smart, friendly, affectionate, energetic

The combination of the affectionate and gentle Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the lively and intelligent Pomeranian gives us the charming Cavapom hybrid. The Cavapom might be a relaxed and calm dog like the Cavalier Charles Spaniel; it could be watchful and energetic like the Pomeranian but will always be playful and sweet.

The Cavapom usually has a tiny body with floppy ears, a round skull, and a full muzzle. They might have a soft, medium-length silky coat or a dense, fluffy coat, depending on which parent they take after most. The colors can vary quite a bit but are commonly in cream, white, black, red, and brown and usually follow the bi or tri-colored variation of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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Cavapom Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

The Cavapom is an energetic dog that needs moderate exercise. The breed is smart, devoted, and therefore, easy to train. They are healthy dogs with the lifespan expected of a small dog and very friendly with other pets and people.

What’s the Price of Cavapom Puppies?

A Cavapom puppy could range in price from $300 to $1500, depending on if you find your puppy through a rescue group or a breeder. Breeders will charge more, so the price will be closer to the top end of the budget. In contrast, rescue groups charge a smaller fee that goes directly towards supporting the group and, more importantly, the dogs.

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3 Little-Known Facts About the Cavapom

1. Grooming the Cavapom might be easy or more of a challenge.

The Cavapom’s coat might be medium in length with silky fur with feathering on the chest, legs, and tail. Or it may have dense, short fur with a heavy undercoat, depending on what parent it takes after. This essentially means that grooming could be low-maintenance if it runs more towards its Cavalier King Charles parent or more challenging if it’s like its Pomeranian parent.

2. The Cavapom prefers to be with people.

They don’t do well when left alone for long periods, so as an owner, you need to ensure you spend a lot of time with these sensitive dogs.

3. The Cavapom should be leashed.

The Cavapom is prone to chasing smaller animals because of their instincts and should always be on a leash while out.

Cavapom Dog Breed Parents
Parents of the Cavapom. Left: Cavoodle, Right: Pomeranian

Temperament & Intelligence of the Cavapom

Cavapoms are intelligent, sociable, and friendly dogs. They prefer to spend their time with their families and should never be left outside alone, so they make perfect dogs for apartment living.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

The Cavapom makes an excellent family pet, but children over the age of 6 would be best. These are tiny dogs, and younger children could accidentally injure a small dog. They are playful and protective and will make excellent watchdogs for the family. Once they have been introduced to a stranger, they are very social and welcoming.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Cavapom gets along very well with other pets. Particularly, if they are raised with these pets and properly socialized. They will be wonderful playmates with any animals they grow up with.

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Credit: AG’s photos, Shutterstock

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Things to Know When Owning a Cavapom:

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

For the Cavapom, you should follow the dietary requirements for a small dog. On average, about 1 to 1½ cups of high-quality dry kibble about 2 times per day will be sufficient. If there are any weight or health concerns, always speak to your vet.

Exercise 🐕

The Cavapom is relatively energetic and does require a moderate amount of daily exercise. About 1 hour of exercise should be sufficient, and this should include a daily walk, but most of their exercise can be accomplished with playtime in the home. The Cavapom doesn’t do well in hot weather, so take this into consideration while exercising your dog.

Training 🎾

The Cavapom is easy to train as it is a smart dog that is highly motivated by rewards as well as its eager to please nature. Positive reinforcement that includes treats, as well as praise and love, will give you a devoted and well-adjusted dog.

king charles and pomeranian
Credit: Ksenia Raykova, Shutterstock

Grooming ✂️

As previously stated, grooming will depend on which parent the Cavapom will take after. Pomeranians require frequent brushing due to their dense double coat, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel usually only needs weekly brushing. The Cavapom could end up with either coat type or a combination of the two. It is likely the Cavapom will need to be brushed several times a week but only give your dog a bath when necessary (about once a month) with a good dog shampoo.

The Cavapom will undoubtedly have floppy ears, so regular ear cleaningnail trimming and brushing its teeth should be a part of your regular grooming routine.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Serious Conditions:

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is prone to kneecap dislocationsyringomyeliaheart valve narrowing, and hip dysplasia. The Pomeranian might also be susceptible to kneecap dislocation as well as shoulder luxation.

While these conditions are more likely to occur with purebred dogs, the Cavapom is a crossbreed that is not as likely to have the same health issues. However, your dog’s vet will check your dog’s joints and run cardiac tests due to your dog’s heritage.

Minor Conditions:

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel might suffer from abnormal eyelids. The Pomeranian might also suffer from abnormal eyelids and have retinal degeneration and low blood sugar.

The vet will conduct a regular physical exam and might want to check your dog’s eyes and run blood sugar tests.

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Male vs. Female

The male Cavapom might be a little heavier and larger than the female. The male and female might be about 12 to 13 inches in height, but the male might run about 10 to 20 pounds and the female around 8 to 16 pounds.

The primary and most apparent difference is biological. If you decide to have your dog undergo surgery, there is a difference in price and recovery time. Spaying your female dog is a more intensive surgery than neutering the male dog and will take a little longer for her to recover from. The surgery has the advantage of preventing future health issues and might make your dog less aggressive and less likely to wander.

Lastly, some believe that males and females have different personalities and temperaments, although there are debates on this subject. The males are thought to be naturally more aggressive and the females more affectionate. However, how your dog has been raised, trained, and socialized, will lead to the outcome of your dog’s overall behavior and personality.

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Final Thoughts

The Pomeranian and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel are both adorable and loveable dogs that together create the Cavapom. You might not find a more loving dog that will be a playful, friendly, and devoted friend.

If you hope to find a Cavapom puppy, be prepared for a search. You might want to start speaking to Pomeranian and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeders as they might know where you can locate these hybrids. You can also attend dog shows (which would be fun anyway) and talk to local and national dog clubs and keep an eye on rescue groups. Posting messages online through social media (there are many dog groups on Facebook) will help you get the word out.

The Cavapom will be worth the search as their cute appearance and fantastic personality will gain much love and attention from the entire family.


Featured Image: AG's photos, shutterstock