The CavaPom, and before you start shaking your head about all of these “Hybrid” dog mixes, hear us out because, the CavaPom is actually a “designer” dog that has been created for all the right reasons!
Anyone that truly loves dogs and immerses themselves into the “dog industry”, will know that we have an extremely troubling problem right now with over-breeding.
At first one might think we’re being a bit over-dramatic, we’d ask you to first consider for a moment the Shih Tzu dog breed which has been so “overbreed” that we’re nearing the point that some of their inheritable health problems may become irreversible!
Which is why…
Many Shih Tzus today are probably going to develop some kind of eye problems, spinal problems, ear and skin issues, and some other more serious genetic defaults as well! All because we, as human beings, have bred them for traits that we desire, instead of letting nature (and evolution) take its course.
Which is why…
For the last twenty years or so, organizations such as the American Kennel Club have been looking at ways to combat this problem… and the answer has come in a variety of forms; but none quite so adorable as the CavaPom!
The Cavapom Dog Breed
The Cavapom is the result of a foray into ‘designer’ cross-breeding. The idea is that you take a breed of dog like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and cross it with another breed of the same family (another Toy dog, in this case the Pomeranian) to create something that is indelibly better than the original product.
The goal is not…
Just to have gorgeous puppies, but to try and combat the hereditary diseases caused by human interference.
These new of dog breeds are known as ‘Hybrid’ or ‘Designer’ dogs, and while it may seem like we have reached a new level of aesthetic madness –
these “new breeds” are actually helping the older breeds by introducing some much needed new genetic material into their lineage.
Other examples of popular Hybrid Breeds include:
- The WestiePoo…without a word of a lie, this is a West Highland White Terrier crossed with a Poodle.
- The YorkiePoo (who made up these names??) which is a Yorkshire Terrier crossed with a Dwarf Poodle.
- The CavaPoo, the crossed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Poodle.
- The CockaPoo, The King Charles (or Cocker) Spaniel with the Poodle.
- The BasaDor, which is a crossed Labrador Retriever and Basset Hound.
- The GoldenDoodle – the Golden Retriever and the Poodle.
- SchnOodle – the Miniature Schnauzer and the Dwarf Poodle.
- The LhasaPoo – the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle.
- The SchnOrgi – is a miniature Schnauzer/ Welsh Corgi.
- The Siberian Boston is a Siberian Husky crossed with a Boston Terrier.
- The BrusselRanian is a crossed Brussles Griffon and Pomeranian.
- The Mini Australian ShepTerrier is a cross between a Mine Australian Shepherd and an Australian Terrier.
- The ridiculously named Doodleman Pinscher is a Poodle crossed with a Dobermann Pinscher…
- The Frenchton – the Boston Terrier with a French Bulldog.
- The Bull Terrier – the French Bulldog and the Boston Terrier.
- The perfectly named Care-Tzu is a cross-bred Cairn Terrier and a Shih Tzu.
- And finally; the Yorkie-ton is a Yorkshire Terrier crossed with the fluffy cloud that is the Coton De Tulear.
And after that extensive – though by no means complete – list, let’s take a closer look at the Cavapom dog breed specifically, and see what you are in for!
Where does my Cavapom come from?
Well we already know the origins and the reasoning for the breed mix. But let’s go over it again, your Cavapom will have two sets of genetic material, meaning they can either have the looks and personality of a Cavalier, or the looks and personality of a Pomeranian – or a mix of either.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel…
Is a “Royal dog” that was originally purposed to be a hunting dog, but that European Royalty, ultimately bred it for its beauty instead.
The Pomeranian’s ancestors…
Were herding dogs (believe it or not) but it is also a toy because it’s tiny. The real difference between the two breeds is in attitude, where the Pomeranian will be “moody” to say the least!
What will my toy Spaniel/Pomeranian cross be like?
Who knows? But seriously, it might have the attitude of a lion bred in a tiny body or it might have the temperament of a Queen. In either case it will want attention at all times.
It’ll also want…To be close to its human subjects in order to be worshiped accordingly, and is definitely not an outside dog.
If you’re looking for a dog to take camping with you or to go on long hikes into the wilderness, chances are you’re barking up the wrong tree if you’re thinking about adopting a CavaPom!
That said however…
CavaPom’s are an excellent breed to have as a family pet, but one thing you may want to watch out for is having this breed and little children at the same time.
Might warn our readers that the dog might not be a good choice when there are small children in the household because the dog may hurt the children, but in this case it is the opposite way around.
CavaPom’s are “easy going”, sometimes it’s the actual child that causes the damage or injures the puppy!
What will my CavaPom look like?
That’s a tough one. You see, there really are no guarantees as to what your CavaPom appearance might look like other than that he won’t be bigger than 20 inches tall. And he probably won’t weight more than 25 lbs.
As for his “coloring”…
That may vary. He might be one color, he might be two, he might even have the Spaniel tricolor. He also might have a long coat or a short coat.
His ears could…
Vary as well. He might have long ears, or short ears. You just never know
Are Cavopom dogs healthy?
Cavapom’s can have either or neither of their ancestor’s health defects. At the moment, it is generally agreed that the Cavapom is a healthy breed. But you should be aware that both parents have some horrible genetic issues due to their over breeding.
But for now…
It looks like we are winning the battle against puppy ill-health, but issues to look out for include:
- A luxating Patella (or floating kneecap),
- Entropion of the eyes,
And the slightly more serious Mitral Valve Disease which affects the Spaniel breed quite frequently.
Which is why…
If you are thinking about purchasing a puppy soon or better yet adopting a rescue dog, we would strongly encourage you to all take a moment and see exactly what it might cost for you to also be able to purchase a pet insurance policy which could be an enormous benefit to both you and your pet should he or she ever need medical care later on as they grow older.
For more information on who we feel currently offers the “Best” pet insurance policies in the industry, feel free to check out our Best Pet Insurance Companies article.