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The Cava-Pom is a designer hybrid cross between a purebred Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Pomeranian.
The Cavapom is a hybrid or mixed, designer breed of dog. It's a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Pomeranian. Because both parent breeds are small companion breeds, the Cavapom will also be a small companion breed. Both the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pomeranian breeds, parent breeds, are recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, the Cavapom is still a new breed of dog, so the AKC does not yet recognize them. Despite the lack of recognition from the AKC, the Cavapom is recognized as a mixed breed by the American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, and International Designer Canine Registry. Breeders and Cavapom owners hope that the Cavapom will eventually officially be recognized as a breed by the AKC.
The Cavapom is 12 to 13 inches tall, weighs 8 to 20 pounds, and has a life expectancy of 10 to 12 years. While it is impossible to know precisely what physical characteristics the Cavapom will inherit from its parent breeds, some characteristics seem consistent for the breed. Typically they have "almond" shaped brown eyes and black noses. Their coat colors are black, brown, white, red, brown, cream, or brindle. The coat color combinations generally follow the bi- or tri-color combination of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. They also have a well-proportioned body, rounded skull, and full muzzle. For their ears, they can inherit the small, erect ears of the Pomeranian or the long, high set ears with feathering of the Cavalier King Charles. The tail can be feathered as it lies straight and flat over the dog's back or long and feathered held lower behind the back.
There is a debate about whether designer breeds are healthier than parent breeds. Some argue that designer breeds, like the Cavapom, do not inherit the recessive genes associated with the genes that lead to health problems from the parent breeds. Therefore, it is also argued that designer breeds inherit the best characteristics of their parent breeds. Because the Cavapom is a mixed breed, there is no way to specifically predict what characteristics your Cavapom will inherit from its parent breeds. However, the Pomeranian and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel tend to be healthy little dogs. Despite any health debate, the Cavapom is generally a healthy breed.
The Cavapom has become a very popular designer breed. This beautiful little lap dog with a great personality quickly captures the hearts of all people who come across them. They are described as beautiful, charming, and affectionate companions. They also have a friendly and sweet demeanor wagging their tails at anyone near them. It's easy to see why they have become the most popular designer breed.
Crossbreeds are not a new phenomenon. This has been a practice used to attempt to develop breeds with a particular look, personality, or purpose. Crossbreeding, such as with the Cavapom, has become a popular trend in the past 10 to 20 years. Because the Cavapom is a new, designer breed, the date when the crossbreeding of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pomeranian began is unknown.
To get a better idea of your Cavapom's personality, temperament, and appearance, it is good to learn a little about the breeds mixed to create the Cavapom.
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small companion dog. They are 12 to 14 inches tall at the shoulder, weigh 13 to 18 pounds, and have a life expectancy of 9 to 15 years. This breed was developed less than a century ago. However, they are the descendants of the toy spaniels depicted in paintings since the sixteenth century by artists such as Van Dyk and Gainsborough. They were a popular breed among royalty and nobility in England. The breed's name comes from King Charles II of England, who was always seen surrounded by at least two or three of these little dogs. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is described as affectionate, intelligent, playful, friendly, and fiercely loyal to its human family. This very social breed gets along well with children, other dogs, and cats.
The Pomeranian is a toy breed described as cute, intelligent, feisty, inquisitive, and bold. They are affectionately known as the Pom, but they are also known as Zwergspitz, Dwarf Spitz, and Loulou. They are 6 to 7 inches tall, weigh 3 to 7 pounds, and have 12 to 16 years of life expectancy. The Pomeranian is related to the spitz breed of sled dogs from the Arctic. The spitz breed dogs, such as the Pomeranian, have the typical physical characteristics of long, dense coats, erect pointed ears, and tails curved over their backs. The name, Pomeranian, comes from the Pomerania area in northeastern Europe, which is now a part of Poland and Germany. This breed was also popular with royalty and nobility in England. Queen Victoria fell in love with the breed during a visit to Florence, Italy, 1888. This social breed likes people and gets along with other dogs and cats. They are very loyal to their human family, making them good watchdogs, but they need to be trained not to bark excessively. They have a "big dog in a small dog's body" personality.
Cavapoms are generally affectionate, loyal, eager to please, friendly, playful, intelligent, energetic, and social little companions. If your Cavapom inherits its personality from the Pomeranian parent, it may be more independent. On the other hand, he may be more calm and affectionate if he inherits the personality of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel's parent. They are also loyal and devoted to their human family, preferring to be near the family. While they are generally gentle, they may not be a good choice for a family with very young children because their small size makes them prone to injury. They are generally good with families with older children taught to be gentle with small dogs, seniors, and people who live in apartments.
They are social and friendly with other people. Once they are introduced to strangers, they are very welcoming. They are usually friendly and sociable with other dogs. To ensure they get along with other dogs, it's important to socialize them when they are puppies with other dogs, animals, people, situations, and noises. When they grow up together, they make excellent playmates for other pets and are properly socialized.
Their loyalty and devotion to their human family make separating from the family difficult for the Cavapom. They are sensitive dogs that do not tolerate being left alone for long periods. They are best suited for a family who is either home with the dog frequently or can take the dog with them on outings.
Because they are eager to please their owners and are an intelligent breed, they are generally easy to train. They respond well to positive reinforcement, including treats, praise, play, and consistency. It would be best to ensure training sessions are short and fun. Because they are an intelligent breed, they also require mental stimulation. Interactive or puzzle toys will provide your Cavapom with the needed mental stimulation.
The Cavapom makes a good watchdog since they are protective of their human family. They will tip you off about any unusual noise they hear. As good watchdogs, they may be prone to barking. However, excessive barking can be avoided with proper training.
Where will the dog feel best?
Cavapoms are a very adaptable breed. They can adapt well to small or large homes. Because of their small size, they do not need much space; therefore, they adapt well to apartment living. Since they prefer to spend most of their time with their human family, they do better as indoor dogs. While the Cavapom prefers being indoors, it's important to ensure it receives its required exercise. A Cavapom should never be left alone in a yard for long periods. As a social breed, they do not tolerate isolation well. They will be happiest joining their human family for movie nights snuggled on the lap of one of the family members.
The Cavapom can have the fluffy, thick, double coat inherited from its Pomeranian parent, a medium-length, silky Cavalier King Charles Spaniel coat, or a combination coat from both parent breeds. Both the Cavalier King Charles and the Pomeranian are breeds that shed. If your Cavapom inherits the double coat of its Pomeranian parent, it will most likely shed all year long. If it inherits the coat of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the coat will be silky and medium length with feathering on the ears, chest, body, and legs. Which coat from the parent breed your Cavapom will determine the level of grooming it will require. The dense, short coat with a heavy undercoat of the Pomeranian parent will be more challenging to maintain. Frequent brushing is needed with a thick double coat. The silky, medium to the long coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is easier to maintain. Regular brushing at least two to three times a week is recommended to avoid matting and tangles in the coat. While the Cavapom should be brushed regularly throughout the week, bathing every few weeks with a good dog shampoo should be sufficient. Your Cavapom may need professional grooming every 4 to 6 weeks to help it to look its best.
It's important to clean the ears and check the eyes regularly. Ears should remain clean and dry to avoid any irritations or infections. Brushing its teeth daily is also recommended since small breed dogs tend to be more prone to dental problems. Nail trimming should be done regularly, approximately once or twice a month. If you can hear your Cavapom's nails tapping on hard surfaces, his nails must be trimmed. Cavapoms are also prone to tear stains, which means they can have reddish-brown tear stains under their eyes. Gently wiping your dog's face and under his eyes with a warm, wet cloth would be sufficient to ensure the tear stains do not set in.
The Cavapom requires the moderate exercise of approximately 60 minutes a day. This can be broken up into a couple of walks, playing in the backyard or at the dog park, or taking a short, light jog. Playtime within the home and at least one walk a day will also meet their exercise needs. They are a moderate energy level breed that adapt to their human family's lifestyle and activity level. They can be playful dogs that love to play fetch, but they are equally comfortable curling up on your lap for a nap. As social dogs, they enjoy interacting with other dogs and people. However, they have a high prey drive, so it's a good idea to keep them on a leash to avoid them running after every squirrel and bird they see during their time outside. The Cavapom does not do well in hot weather. It is important to ensure your Cavapom does not get overheated in hot climates or during the warmer months. Always assure your Cavapom has access to cool water and shade to avoid overheating on warm days.
The Cavapom should be placed on a diet of high-quality dog food appropriate for small dogs. A cup to a cup and a half of dry food appropriate for its life stage (puppy, adult, or senior) twice a day should be sufficient to maintain your Cavapom's health. Small breeds of dogs require more calories per day than larger dogs. Generally, they will need 40 calories per pound each day. A small breed dog food rich in calories should provide them with the nutrition they require. High-quality dog food will ensure your dog has a long and healthy life.