Yes, despite being a low-shedding breed, Cavachons do shed! These small dogs also need regular grooming and brushing to keep their coat healthy.
What is a Cavachon?
The Cavachon is a designer breed dog and the offspring of King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise.
A small dog that maxes out at around 25lbs, the Cavachon is often advertised as being hypo-allergenic and non-shedding – neither of these things is true.
Do Cavachons Shed?
Yes, Cavachons do shed. All dogs with hair shed, but some dogs shed more than others. For example, German Shepherds are affectionately known as “German shedders” by their owners because of the amount of hair they lose year-round. Other dogs, like the Cavachon, shed less and shed seasonally due to drastic temperature changes rather than shedding all year round.
The Cavachon is often referred to as a low-shedding or non-shedding breed (although the second is a misnomer!) because they are low shedders.
How Much Do Cavachons Shed?
Cavachons is bred from the King Charles Spaniel and the Bichon Frise.
The King Charles Spaniel has a medium-length silky coat that sheds minimally when the seasons change.
The Bichon Frise has a medium-length silky coat that sheds minimally when the seasons change.
The combination of these two breeds means that the Cavachon has the same fur length and shedding pattern.
Dogs that are seasonal shedders shed twice during the year when the weather changes and the temperatures rise or drop significantly.
The first shed of the year takes place in spring when the thicker winter coat sheds to create a much lighter coat for the warm weather.
The second shed of the year takes place in fall when the thicker winter coat starts to come in for added protection during the colder months.
Cavachon Coat Care
The Cavachon is not a big shedder but still needs regular grooming, including brushing, bathing, and trimming of fur.
The Cavachon coat needs brushing daily or every other day to keep it free from mats and tangles. Regular brushing also helps to keep the coat silky and the skin healthy. When you brush your dog, you stimulate oil glands that keep the skin moisturized and protected.
Another benefit to regularly brushing your Cavachon’s coat is that you help to remove dead skin and loose hair. The more often you brush your dog, the more loose hair you brush from the coat and keep from falling all over your home. So, not only do you have a cleaner home, but you also have fewer allergy triggers.
Bathing is crucial to keep dirt from building up in your Cavachon’s coat, but overbathing can cause problems for your dog’s skin and your allergies. Bathing your Cavachon too frequently can dry the skin and cause flaking, which can further trigger allergies and cause skin irritation for your pup.
Tear staining can also be a problem for the light fur around the eyes. To avoid staining, keep the eyes clean with daily wiping using warm water and a face cloth. Avoid using wipes that contain chemicals and perfumes as they can irritate the eyes.
Cavachons need frequent grooming to keep their coat cut short. Grooming is especially important for the hair around the face and eyes.
Are Cavachons Hypo-Allergenic?
No. No dog is truly hypo-allergenic.
When we are allergic to animals, we are allergic to proteins not on the fur but in the saliva, urine, and skin cells. So, whether you have a dog that has short hair, long hair, or no hair at all, those proteins are still present.
Since Cavachons do not shed year-round, you will experience much less irritation from pet hair build-up, which is beneficial for allergy sufferers.
Is a Cavachon Good For Allergy-Sufferers?
No, as we mentioned above, allergies stem from proteins that all dogs have. If you are in search of a hypoallergenic dog, the Cavachon is not the dog for you.
If you are prepared to take allergy medications, the Cavachon is a reasonable choice because they drop less hair around the home than breeds like the German Shepherd. Less hair around the house doesn’t mean that your allergies won’t act up, but you will experience less irritation due to hair and dander buildup at home.
Conclusion / Summary
Cavachons do shed, although they shed much less fur than breeds like the German Shepherd, and they shed seasonally rather than year-round. If you are looking for a hypo-allergenic dog, though, the only option is to have no dog at all.