The CavaPom, and before you start shaking your head about all of these “Hybrid” dog mixes, hear us out because the CavaPom is a “designer” dog that has been created for all the right reasons!
Anyone who truly loves dogs and immerses themselves in the “dog industry” will know we have a significantly troubling problem with over-breeding.
At first, one might think we’re being a bit over-dramatic. Still, we’d ask you first to consider the Shih Tzu dog breed, which has been so “overbred” that we’re nearing the point that some of their inheritable health problems may become irreversible! This is why., many Shih Tzus today will probably develop some eye problems, spinal problems, ear and skin issues, and other more genetically severe defaults! All because we, as human beings, have bred them for traits that we desire instead of letting nature (and evolution) take its course.
As a result…
For the last twenty years, organizations such as the American Kennel Club have been looking at ways to combat this problem… and the answer has come in various 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 to take a breed of dog like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and cross it with another species of the same family (another Toy dog, in this case, the Pomeranian) to create something indelibly better than the original product.
The goal is not…
To have gorgeous puppies, but to try and combat the hereditary diseases caused by human interference. These new dog breeds are called ‘Hybrid’ or ‘Designer’ dogs. While it may seem like we have reached a new level of aesthetic madness, these “new breeds” are 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??) is a Yorkshire Terrier crossed with a Dwarf Poodle.
- The CavaPoo, the crossed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and the Poodle.
- The CockaPoo, 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 breed mix’s origins and reasoning. 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 character of a Pomeranian – or a mix of either.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel…
It is a “Royal dog” purposed initially to be a hunting dog, but European Royalty ultimately bred it for its beauty instead.
The Pomeranian’s ancestors…
We were herding dogs (believe it or not), but it is also a toy because it’s tiny. The fundamental 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 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 to be worshiped accordingly is definitely not an outside dog. So, 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 considering adopting a CavaPom! However, CavaPom is 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 simultaneously.
We 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. This is because CavaPom’s are typically “easygoing,” and sometimes the actual child causes the damage or injures the puppy!
What will my CavaPom look like?
That’s a tough one. You see, there are no guarantees as to what your CavaPom appearance might look like other than that he won’t be more significant than 20 inches tall. And he probably won’t weigh more than 25 lbs.
As for his “coloring,”…
That may vary. He might be one color; he might be two, and 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 never know
Are Cavapom dogs healthy?
Cavapoms 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 overbreeding.
But for now, it looks like we are winning the battle against puppy ill-health, but issues to look out for include:
And the slightly more severe Mitral Valve Disease affects the Spaniel breed frequently.
Which is why…
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