Cavalier King Charles spaniels are undeniably cute little doggos!
They’re known for their affectionate and gentle natures, making them wonderful companions for the right home. But there is a wide array of cavalier King Charles spaniel mixes that are also worth considering when looking for a furry friend.
These mixes bring together the delightful traits of cavaliers with other breeds, resulting in delightful combinations. Exploring different cavalier mixes can be an exciting journey in finding the perfect companion that aligns with your personality and lifestyle.
Now that you know what to expect from purebred cavaliers, we can move on to some of our favorite cavalier mixes! Just remember that all doggos are individuals who may exhibit varying traits and tendencies. We’re just explaining some of the most common characteristics of these cute canines!
1. Cavachon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Bichon Frise)
A Cavachon can be a bit of a mystery until you get to know them. While both parent breeds are usually friendly, cavaliers tend to be on the calmer side. Bichons, on the other hand, are known to have sudden bursts of energy, which some owners like to call the “Bichon Blitz”.
You can expect them to be loyal and loving, and they can make great companions for anyone who wants a furry friend to snuggle up with on the couch or go for a walk in the park. Just be prepared to give them plenty of attention, as they are social creatures who thrive on human interaction.
This is what one owner says about his Cavachon:
“He is Cavalier in coloring and personality but with that pretty Bichon fur that I’m not allergic to. Yay!”
2. Cavestie (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x West Highland White Terrier)
If you want a dog who loves to play with humans and dogs alike, look no further than the Cavestie. They’ll play for as long as their partner can keep up! Since they’re intelligent, confident, and eager to please, it’s easy to teach them new games and tricks. But at the end of the day, when energy is running low and playtime is over, they love to curl up on the couch for a snuggle with their human.
These happy-go-lucky dogs make wonderful companions, but like most terriers, they need early training and socialization to control the urge to dig. They’re also likely to chase small animals, so keep them leashed around cats, squirrels, and other furry four-footers. But if you’re consistent and patient, you’ll have a furry friend who brings you tons of joy.
One owner has this to say about Cavesties:
“They are extremely loving and affectionate. Quite excitable when meeting new people. Mine sits in the window and barks at every dog that walks by but apart from that they have great temperaments and so loving and friendly with children.”
3. Chilier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Chihuahua)
These small dogs pack big personalities! This fierce mix is spunky, independent, and outgoing. But the often-stubborn and territorial nature of the Chihuahua may cause problems if these pups are not socialized from a young age.
Don’t worry though – many Chiliers are social butterflies, who can have very dynamic personalities. These dogs are small in size but not in spirit. They tend to be very affectionate with the people they care about and love to play all day with their friends.
Best of all, Chihuahuas are one of the longest-living dog breeds.
One owner shared the following thoughts about a Chilier:
“We rescued her. She has allergies to meats and wheat is on special diet and pills for allergies . We brush her twice a week but still vacuum up a lot of hair. She should be bald! Very playful and affectionate, we say she rescued us!?”
4. Cavottish (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Scottish Terrier)
The traits of this cavalier King Charles spaniel mix may come as a surprise. Scottish terriers are very courageous dogs who aren’t quick to trust new people, but cavaliers have very friendly personalities. So, with the right training, you may end up with an excellent watchdog.
Just be sure to socialize your little Cavottish when he is young. This will help prevent reactivity problems.
According to one owner, a Cavottish are:
“…overly-friendly but super alert towards strangers”
5. Beaglier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Beagle)
Beagliers are adventurous and curious, always using their noses to track and explore. This means that they will enjoy nosework games and need lots of mental stimulation to be their happiest.
With the promise of treats, their intelligence and eagerness to please make training rewarding for these pups and their owners! Just be sure to keep sessions short so you hold their attention and make training a positive and social experience.
One owner says of a pet Beaglier:
“She can be very cheeky but she loves being around people….”
6. Cavapom (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Pomeranian)
Known for their fluffy coats, expressive eyes, and love for affection, Cavapoms can make wonderful companions, particularly for families looking for a loving lap dog.
Despite their small size, Cavapoms often inherit the Pomeranian’s spirited personality, making them lively, playful, and full of charm. Get ready for lots of snuggles, puppy kisses, and endless entertainment!
As one owner says of Cavapoms:
“A loving and cuddly dog, he’s only a puppy so very excitable, very good around all dogs of different temperaments, easy to train, picks up concepts easily.”
7. Pugalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Pug)
Like many pug mixes, the Pugalier captures some of the best traits of both the pug and the cavalier. They’re friendly and sociable, and since they tend to get along with children and other animals, they often make excellent family pets. Pugaliers are praised for their energetic and affectionate personality, making them a joy to have around the house.
According to the owner of the pupper pictured above:
“Couldn’t ask for a better behaved puppy…. Friendly with everyone and great around kids. Hit the jackpot of small dog breeds.”
8. Aussalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Australian Shepherd)
Aussaliers are typically happy little dogs who love to explore the outdoors. They’re often high-energy, but that could change in a snap. One minute they could be zooming around, chasing squirrels, and the next, your Aussalier could be snuggled up quietly, in your lap.
These highly intelligent and enthusiastic pups are known for their loyalty and will likely share a close bond with their owners.
This is what one owner has to say about Cali, the Aussalier:
“She is amazing with our kids, and guests and fits with our active lifestyle. She is beyond affectionate and burrows herself under the covers to snuggle. She has bonded to our male cat and they go on walks together.”
Check out some more Australian shepherd mixes!
9. King Pin (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Miniature Pinscher)
Many King Pins are resourceful and protective pups, who are always on the lookout for anything that could be a threat to their owners. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a playful side too!
The stubborn nature of the min pin can make training a bit challenging, but with some patience and perseverance, you could end up with a well-behaved little protector by your side for years to come.
10. Cava-Chin (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Japanese Chin)
These spunky, playful pups have adorable faces that are hard to resist. They often love to be the center of attention and have a sassy side that helps to make that happen.
You’ll want to keep an eye on these tiny cuties because they have a knack for stirring up mischief and the persistence to keep pushing for what they want.
One owner says this about Lavender, the Cava-chin:
“Lavender is sweet, funny, playful, and kind. She never tries to dominate and is so polite…her vets always tell me good job with training because she is so naturally agreeable”
These adorable dogs come from two companion breeds, so you can expect your Pekalier to remain right by your side. They’re generally very social, and they love meeting new people as well as other furry four-legged friends.
While they tend to be low-maintenance dogs, they do like having the company of their owners at all times. Fortunately, their eagerness to please makes training pretty easy.
According to one owner while talking about his Pekalier:
“He is the greatest dog of all time…He is a true snuggle bug and couch potato. I have been in love for one year!”
12. Cavapoo (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Poodle)
One of the more popular mixes on the list, the Cavapoo tends to make a wonderful family dog, and he is great around children and seniors. Thanks to the poodle parent, your Cavapoo will likely love to play an active game of fetch whenever you are ready. And if you feel some variety is in order, your Cavapoo may be interested in some agility exercises too.
Poodles are one of the smartest dogs in the world, so you might find that your Cavapoo is quite the smartie-pants. Some advanced training might be the perfect exercise to keep your pup entertained.
One owner says of her Cavapoo:
“He loves to leap into the air from joy and dance around our feet.”
This sweet little fireball gets his energy from his American Eskimo parent. While he’s likely to calm down as he gets older, he’ll probably always hold onto his lively curiosity.
Such a smart and obedient dog may be easy to train, as long as you make sure you have lots of treats on hand. Positive reinforcement goes a long way with these little guys!
One owner has this to say about Toby, the Cav-a-Mo:
“The experiences I have had with my Cav-a-Mo are all great ones. Toby is always energetic and playful no matter what time of the day it is.”
Golden Cavvys are the social butterflies of the cavalier King Charles mixes, thanks to their golden retriever parents. They generally get along with people and other dogs because of their friendly and outgoing personalities.
They are generally good dogs with children and easy to train, but understand that they do like to push boundaries. These playful pups are sure to let you know if boredom sets in!
One owner says of a Golden Cavvy:
“Great family dog. Loves play and activity equally as much as napping and laying on laps. Very sweet and protective of family.”
15. Cava Inu (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Shiba Inu)
The independent Shiba Inu weighs in on the sociability of these mixed mutts. They’re rarely going to shower you in kisses and cuddles all day long. They also tend to be a little unsure around strangers and err on the side of caution.
Their minimal barking is definitely a plus for some owners, but don’t let their quietness convince you they’re relaxed. Early socialization is especially important so that these beauties won’t become reactive around non-family members.
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16. Cava-Corgi (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Pembroke Welsh Corgi)
These little guys rise to the challenge of guarding their territory and protecting their loved ones. They’re highly vocal and may communicate with you using many different sounds, including the occasional howl. Don’t be surprised if the corgi parent’s herding tendencies show. You may find yourself and your other family members suddenly corralled to the same corner of the living room.
When they’re not on alert, they’re known to be graceful, polite, and very friendly. They’re usually eager to please but also know how to get their way. Offering some mentally stimulating activities may keep them from nipping at your ankles…at least for a while!
King schnauzers can make excellent additions to active families. They’re often highly energetic and happily volunteer for a morning run, some playtime in the park, or maybe even both!
Despite their smaller size, they’re generally strong and sturdy dogs with what it takes to play with older kids. This is good news for social pet parents with outgoing personalities. And when it’s time to settle down, these guys often get a head start on the cuddles.
According to one owner when speaking of a King Schnauuzer:
“He is very cuddly and is always cold. He can get a little temperamental and easily overwhelmed with strangers, though.”
18. Cavador (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Labrador Retriever)
These dogs may come with an interesting mix of traits. While they’re typically very sweet and gentle family dogs, they have high prey drives. If a smaller animal comes into view, you might be surprised by their intense desire to chase “prey.”
You can count on them to alert you of any suspicious behavior, but such sweet, loving dogs probably won’t be winning any awards for being the best guard dog any time soon. The hard-working retriever side will need a variety of activities to occupy their minds and burn off some excess energy.
One owner says this about Molly, the Cavador:
“Molly is a perfect addition in our family. She is super friendly and eager to please. She feels she is one of the family and gets upset if we don’t include her.”
19. Cavalon (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Papillon)
Since these playful pups have two playful parents, fun and games might be on the agenda! These guys have a lot of energy, and they know how to use it. They’ll show their appreciation for brisk walks and bouncy toys but don’t forget to challenge them with mental workouts too.
It’s no surprise they have such big, open eyes and ears — they’re always watching and listening. They might like to pretend to be guard dogs, but their unwavering friendliness tends to get in the way.
One owner says this about Maxwell, the Cavalon:
“Maxwell is protective of his family and doesn’t take kindly to strangers, but when you warm up to him he’s the sweetest most cuddly and lazy old man.”
20. Dashalier (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Dachshund)
These sweet little mixed pups are big balls of energy. Games of fetch and short walks around the neighborhood can help them put their energy to good use. Plus, they often love to say “hi!” to the neighbors along the way. Providing social time is an important part of keeping them healthy and happy.
The owner of the pooch pictured above says:
“Ellie is such a sweet girl. She’s so loving and affectionate. She lives for belly scratches and cuddles.”
21. Cava-Tzu (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel x Shih Tzu)
Cava-Tzus are one of the more popular cavalier mixes. They tend to be good with children, which is one of the reasons why they make great family pets. But while playtime is important, you may find that they prefer to play in short bursts throughout the day between longer cuddle sessions.
Just understand that shih tzus are a brachycephalic dog breed, which means that they have very short faces. This can cause them to suffer from a number of health problems, such as being quick to overheat.
Cava-Tzu not your jam? Check out these other shih-tzu mixes!
These adorable pups have the sweet and affectionate nature of Cavaliers, and they’re always ready to shower you with love and snuggles. But they also have a playful and lively side, thanks to the fun-loving Frenchy influence.
These little charmers are great with kids and other pets, and their loyalty knows no bounds. Plus, their comical antics will keep you endlessly entertained.
Just be prepared for some stubborn moments too, as they might take after the French bulldog’s independent thinking. Overall, French Cavaliers are the perfect blend of sweetness, silliness, and loyalty – a true joy to have around!
Cockaliers are known to be super sweet and always ready to shower you with love and affection. But that doesn’t mean they don’t love to roll around and play in the park!
You might find that their adaptable nature means they’re able to thrive in a variety of environments, while their intelligence can make training a piece of cake. Just get ready for some barking — these are some vocal dogs!
According to one owner, the Cockalier is a:
“Great family dog and very quick to learn new tricks.”
If you’re looking for a diligent watchdog in a compact size, a King Charles Yorkie might be perfect for you! While he may not be the top choice for protection, he’s up to the task of alerting you to danger with his characteristic bark.
These dogs are often adorable little companions with big personalities. You can expect a dog who’s friendly and affectionate, along with a bit of stubbornness from the Yorkie side. They often have a long, silky coat that requires regular grooming, so don’t forget your brush!
These lively pups love to play! With friendly and outgoing personalities, they can make great companions for active and busy families. Their Jack Russell genes may make them a bit stubborn, but with proper training and socialization, they can be loyal and loving companions.
Just understand that these four-legged friends may also have strong prey drives, so be sure to keep them on a leash during walks and playtime.
One owner says of her Cavajack:
“She’s a gentle soul but also a greedy one. ”
If you like to take your dog with you everywhere you go, a Cava-Malt is an excellent option.
They love being the center of attention and hate being left alone, so if you want a furry friend who will always be by your side, you’re likely to find it in these tiny treasures.
While they don’t need a ton of physical exercise, compared to other breeds, they do need a lot of mental stimulation and canine enrichment activities — and they’ll let you know if they’re not getting enough of it!
One owner has this to say about Bauer, the Cava-Malt:
“He loves everybody and gets along with strangers and other dogs. He is an absolute joy to our family.”
These unique-looking dogs tend to attract a lot of attention — and you won’t hear them complaining! They tend to be a graceful bunch who thrive on maintaining balance.
As long as they experience a harmonious blend of play, affection, stimulation, and rest, you can expect these loyal pups to stick by your side.
avalier King Charles Spaniel Basics
Before delving into the world of cavalier King Charles mixes, it is important to understand purebred cavaliers first. We’ll help you do so below by sharing some of the typical traits of the breed.
Measuring about 12 to 13 inches from the top of the withers to the ground, cavalier King Charles spaniels are pretty small compared to other dogs. But even with their compact size, they’re one of the largest toy breeds you can find.
They have sweet faces with long floppy ears and medium-length silky, wavy hair. Their lovely locks come in four colors: black and tan, tricolor (black, white, and tan), ruby, and blenheim (chestnut and white).
The ancestors of cavalier King Charles spaniels are seen regularly in paintings from the 15th to 18th centuries. They were originally bred to keep the royal family’s laps warm and attract fleas to spare their owners from the bubonic plague (as strange as that may sound).
King Charles II of England took a liking to these dogs and decided to lend his name to the breed.
These dogs have certainly earned their reputation for being sweet and friendly. They are known for being happy, caring, and affectionate, without a drop of aggression or timidness in sight. They love interaction and tend to get along well with humans of all ages.
They may be noisy at times, especially when you’re returning home, but that’s just how they express their excitement. Protection is generally not their intention, as their minds may be preoccupied with getting more cuddles.
Unfortunately, there are several conditions that may affect the health of cavaliers. These include patella luxation, hip dysplasia, middle ear infections, and a neurological condition called syringomyelia, in which a fluid-filled cyst forms in the spinal column.
Fortunately, breeders normally screen for these conditions, so most cavalier King Charles spaniels live long, healthy lives.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Mixes: FAQ
Still have questions about cavalier mixes? We have you covered! Check out some of the most common questions and answers about these mixed-breed four-footers below!
What is the bigger version of the cavalier King Charles spaniel?
While the cavalier King Charles spaniel shares some traits with the King Charles spaniel, they’re two distinct breeds. One notable difference is their size. The cavalier King Charles is larger, weighing in at 13 to 18 pounds while the King Charles is about 8 to 14 pounds.
What are the disadvantages of the cavalier King Charles spaniel?
Cavalier King Charles spaniels are well-loved dogs, famous for their cuddles and friendly natures. But just like any other breed, they may not be right for everyone. For example, they are susceptible to certain health conditions that may affect the heart, eyes, ears, or brain.
Separation anxiety is another common problem that might cause them to bark excessively or chew on your favorite piece of furniture to relieve stress.
Do all cavalier King Charles spaniels have separation anxiety?
Cavalier King Charles spaniels are prone to separation anxiety. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll affect all cavaliers, but it’s something to watch out for. You may need to put in extra effort to prevent it from affecting your dog.
Why are cavalier King Charles spaniels so expensive?
Cavalier King Charles spaniels are widely considered to be one of the most expensive dogs in the world. This is largely because reputable breeders have their dogs tested for common health conditions so that they can breed their healthiest dogs. When the puppies are born, they are vaccinated, socialized, and sometimes trained before being sold, which is all included in the price.
Are cavalier King Charles spaniels one-person dogs?
It depends on the individual pup. These dogs are known to be good with people. Some will bond more closely with one person, while others are happy to share their love with everyone in the family.
There you have it! Some of the amazing cavalier King Charles spaniel mixes you could be lucky enough to take home.
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