21 Pawfect Facts About The Cavanese Dog Kids Will Love

Cavanese facts are overloaded with cuteness.

The Cavanese dog is a miniature mixed breed dog bred from purebred parents, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Havanese. This dog breed is a unique blend of gracefulness and versatility. It is believed that the breed dates back to the '80s. Havanese dogs are the descendants of the Bichon family and are of Cuban origin. The Havanese breed has been even proclaimed as the national dog of Cuba! On the other hand, the history of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dates back to the 17th century, when the families of monarchs patronized the breed. The name of the breed, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was attributed to these dogs in correspondence to the patronage that was heaped on these dogs by King Charles I of England. Some of the traits, like a love for children, imbibed by the Cavanese are an extension of the traits common to both its parent breeds. These dogs are perfect for families with children and other pets.

Here are some more exciting facts about the Cavanese dog to keep you hooked. If you want to explore some more interesting facts about other dog breeds, then also check out these engaging facts about the Boerboel and the Swedish Vallhund.

Cavanese Dog

Fact File

What do they prey on?


What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

7-15 lb (3-7 kg)

How long are they?


How tall are they?

8-13 in (20-33 cm)

What do they look like?

Black, white, tan, fawn

Skin Type


What are their main threats?

Injuries and diseases

What is their conservation status?

Not Evaluated

Where you'll find them

As pets in homes


All over the world (except Antarctica)





Scientific Name

Canis lupus familiaris





Cavanese Dog Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Cavanese dog?

The Cavanese dog is a small-sized designer dog breed.

What class of animal does a Cavanese dog belong to?

The Cavanese dog belongs to the class Mammalia.

How many Cavaneses are there in the world?

The hybrid breed Cavanese is a result of cross-breeding between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Havanese, both of which are expensive dog breeds. The Cavanese dog is, thus, a high-end breed and it is widely found around the world. Their numbers are uncertain as they are mainly kept as domestic pets and cannot be accounted for.

Where does a Cavanese dog live?

These dogs grace the homes of many pet owners across the globe (except for Antarctica). They are famous especially among celebrities and are particularly popular in places like Canada, Italy, and the USA, where these pets are always in high demand.

What is a Cavanese's habitat?

The Cavanese was mainly bred to offer companionship to humans. They are generally found in houses, apartments, and sometimes even in dog rescues or dog shelters. These dogs need safe spaces to thrive. Also, these dogs are more tolerant of warmer climates.

Who do Cavanese dogs live with?

The Cavanese dog serves as an ideal best friend to its proud owners. These affectionate dogs live with their owners and their family members. These are also known to be the favorites of children as they love spending quality time with them.

How long does a Cavanese dog live?

The average Cavanese life span ranges from 12-15 years. Needless to say, the healthier the dog, the longer it lives.

How do they reproduce?

The reproduction process for this dog breed is no different to that of other breeds. Females normally get their first heat cycles aged between six to eight months. During their heat cycles, they become more receptive to the male dogs. Both genders need to reach maturity to mate and give birth to a healthy litter. Hence, the best breeding time is when the dogs are of two to three years of age. After successful breeding and conception, the females gestate for a period of 60-63 days. Females must be kept under regular medical care and supervision during this time, after which they will give birth to a litter of healthy puppies. The mating procedure must be conducted under the guidance and instructions of a professional breeder and vet.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the Cavanese dog is Not Evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Cavanese Dog Fun Facts

What do Cavanese dogs look like?

The Cavanese inherited its charming looks and miniature size from its parent breeds, as both are small breeds. The breed comes in shades of black, white, tan, and fawn. They have expressive brown-colored eyes, small legs, a short muzzle, tiny tail, floppy ears, and a soft but dense and fluffy coat that can either be curly or wavy.


Cavanese facts are all about the eager-to-please designer breed.
* Please note that this is an image of a Havenese dog, one of the parent breeds of the Cavanese dog. If you have an image of a Cavanese dog, please let us know at

How cute are they?

These small-sized sweet-natured dogs are exceedingly cute, and Cavanese puppies are even cuter! They look just like a soft, fluffy toy to play with all day. Children just love these adorable pooches.

However, don't fall prey to their affectionate and docile looks! These dogs can be quite mischievous at play. Beware while playing hide and seek as the Cavanese is so small that it might easily slip under your divan or bedstead. However, these dogs are very easy to train and obediently follow instructions when provided with the right kind of training.

How do they communicate?

The communication skills of the Cavanese are very similar to any other dog breed. Vocalizations include barking, howling, growling, whimpering, whining, and snarling. These dogs are also adept at expressing themselves with their body language and gestures. A dog wagging its tail excitedly is a pretty common sight. Normally, dogs whimper and whine when they are hurt or extremely scared. If they sense some danger looming nearby they bark loudly or sometimes growl.

How big is a Cavanese?

These hybrid dogs are anything but big. They are renowned as miniature toy dogs. The height of these toy dogs falls in the range of 8-13 in (20-33 cm). However, they are not the smallest dog breed in the world, as they are not as small as Chihuahuas. They are smaller than Beagles though, who are 3-15 in (33-38 cm) tall.

How fast can a Cavanese run?

The Cavanese has moderate energy levels. It is an excitable dog that enjoys running or jumping around. They will enthusiastically follow you for long walks or jogs. However, accurate speed records of the breed have not yet been ascertained.

How much does a Cavanese weigh?

The Cavanese is pretty lightweight. It can easily fit in any place (even inside your bag!) owing to its minuscule size and low weight. You can even carry the dog in your arms! The weight of these dogs ranges from about 7-15 lb (3-7 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

A male Cavanese is referred to as a 'dog', while a female is called a 'bitch'.

What would you call a baby Cavanese?

A baby Cavanese is called a puppy or simply a pup with adoration.

What do they eat?

Since the Cavanese comes in a tiny toy-like stature, its dietary requirements are not too loaded. The breed can be offered a combination diet rich in essential nutrients comprising healthy vegetables and fruits along with raw meat, soft bones, fish, dry food, and others. Beef, turkey, and chicken are enriching and tasty for any pup. Especially while training, Cavanese puppies can be offered treats to keep them motivated. An assortment of high-quality dog food is available on the market. However, their meals must be wholesome, consisting of a balanced proportion of vitamins, minerals, essential fats, omegas, carbohydrates, proteins, and other vital nutrients. A fully grown Cavanese must be offered one to two meals per day, while a pup can be offered two to three meals in smaller portions, as these pooches are prone to health issues like hypoglycemia.

Are they poisonous?

No, Cavanese dogs are not poisonous.

Would they make a good pet?

To decide if the Cavanese would fit in well as a good pet dog for your family, you need to be aware of the pros and cons of the breed and judge accordingly. Knowledge of the dog's temperament, traits, and daily requirements is necessary before planning to adopt one, and importantly you must learn all about Cavanese health requirements.

Cavanese dogs are ideal pets for small spaces like apartments. To top that, they are affectionate and make great family dogs owing to their pet-friendly and child-friendly nature. The breed comes with a gentle and sweet temperament and is always eager to please. With proper social training, they can get on well with strangers, too. Therefore, lots of training, daily exercise, grooming, and a healthy diet form the basic requirements of the breed.

These dogs need daily exercise for at least half an hour. Since the Cavanese is a small breed, it must be noted that exercise regimes must not be too tiresome for the dog. These dogs are very easy to train due to their obedience and diligence. However, a Cavanese puppy is more receptive to training than an adult dog, so it is important to begin training young. Training and exercise regimes need not be just regular sprinting or rigorous workouts. It can be a fun-filled game of fetch or hide and seek. Additionally, these dogs require occasional grooming. Grooming includes a bath once or twice a month, brushing and cleaning the coat (to keep the coat dirt and tangle-free), cleaning of the ears and teeth, trimming the nails, and eye checkups.

Like any other dog breed, these dogs are prone to certain health issues. Since the breed has been developed from cross-breeding the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Havanese, they bear the threat of inheriting the health problems common to both purebred parent breeds. These dogs are prone to eye infections, Legg-Calve Perthes, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, mitral valve disease, skin problems, chondrodysplasia, heart conditions, deafness, ear problems, and a few other health issues. Moreover, they can be emotionally fragile and can suffer from separation anxiety, especially when isolated for long hours. Owners must bear in mind that these dogs are ultra-sensitive and cannot stand separation for prolonged hours. To avoid separation anxiety, it is best to only adopt a Cavanese puppy if there will be people in your home for the majority of the day.

Did you know...

This dog breed has been attributed several other names such as the Havalier, the Cavalier Havanese mix, or the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Havanese mix.

This adored pet has not been recognized by the major kennel clubs like the American Kennel Club (AKC), since it is not purebred. However, other clubs like the American Canine Hybrid Club, the Dog Registry of America, and the Designer Dogs Kennel Club have offered identification to this small dog breed.

The cost of a Cavanese puppy ranges approximately from $900 to $1,100 depending on several significant factors like location, gender, availability, the adeptness of the breeder, health quality, coat quality, and other factors. The monthly cost of maintaining a Cavanese puppy as a pet ranges from around $25 to $30.

Are Cavanese dogs hypoallergenic?

The Cavanese is not known to be hypoallergenic and the breed sheds moderately. Therefore, these dogs might not prove to be ideal for families with adults or children who are allergic to dander or dog hair.

Cavapoo vs. Cavanese

The primary distinction between the Cavanese and the Cavapoo is based on their origin history, that is the fact that one member of their parent breeds is different. The Cavanese is the result of a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Havanese, while the parent breeds of the Cavapoo are the Poodle and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. These hybrid breeds share a similar temperament despite their different parents.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals from our pocket pitbull facts and the Beagle Lab mix facts pages.

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* Please note that this is an image of a Havanese, one of the parent breeds of the Cavanese. If you have an image of a Cavanese please let us know at



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